Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 1655–1664 | Cite as

Prediction of CO2 storage site integrity with rough set-based machine learning

  • Kathleen B. Aviso
  • Jose Isagani B. Janairo
  • Michael Angelo B. Promentilla
  • Raymond R. TanEmail author
Original Paper


CO2 capture and storage (CCS) and negative emissions technologies (NETs) are considered to be essential carbon management strategies to safely stabilize climate. CCS entails capture of CO2 from combustion products from industrial plants and subsequent storage of this CO2 in geological formations or reservoirs. Some NETs, such as bioenergy with CCS and direct air capture, also require such CO2 sinks. For these technologies to work, it is essential to identify and use only secure geological reservoirs with minimal risk of leakage over a timescale of multiple centuries. Prediction of storage integrity is thus a difficult but critical task. Natural analogues or naturally occurring deposits of CO2, can provide some information on which geological features (e.g., depth, temperature, and pressure) are predictive of secure or insecure storage. In this work, a rough set-based machine learning (RSML) technique is used to analyze data from more than 70 secure and insecure natural CO2 reservoirs. RSML is then used to generate empirical rule-based predictive models for selection of suitable CO2 storage sites. These models are compared with previously published site selection rules that were based on expert knowledge.

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CO2 storage CO2 removal (CDR) Artificial intelligence (AI) Classification 



This work was supported via the Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNet) Sustainability Studies Program Granted to De La Salle University by the Commission on Higher Education of the Republic of the Philippines.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentDe La Salle UniversityManilaPhilippines
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentDe La Salle UniversityManilaPhilippines

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