MichCarb was established in the fall of 2009 as a center for research and education, focused on geological carbon sequestration, a technology for capturing and permanently storing carbon dioxide below the ground in geological formations. MichCarb is funded by the United States Department of Energy and is a project of the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education at Western Michigan University's Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

MGRRE houses the largest collection of subsurface data and rock samples in Michigan, and MichCarb is using these resources to develop digital research databases for Michigan's deep geological formations. The centrally located data and rock samples are helping scientists assess the potential for geological carbon sequestration in Michigan and to plan appropriate projects. The results of the projects and research conducted by scientists at MGRRE will be used to develop new technologies which have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep consumer energy prices low while creating new jobs in a high-tech industry.

Progress Reports

MichCarb was a time-limited project that has since ended. Although no further reports are anticipated, we have provided the reports below for historical reference.


Those interested in discussing the MichCarb project and/or findings are encouraged to contact Dr. Dave Barnes, former MichCarb director and professor emeritus of geosciences at Western Michigan University.