Flipkens et al. (2024): Olivine avoidance behaviour by marine gastropods (Littorina littorea L.) and amphipods (Gammarus locusta L.) within the context of ocean alkalinity enhancement

Gunter Flipkens, Vincent Dujardin, Jordy Salden, Kyle T’Jollyn, Raewyn M. Town, Ronny Blust IN: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 270, 115840, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2023.115840

Coastal enhanced olivine weathering is a CDR technique that could be implemented in coastal management programmes, but its CO2 sequestration potential and environmental safety remain uncertain. Large scale olivine spreading would change the surficial sediment characteristics, which could potentially reduce habitat suitability and ultimately result in community composition changes. To test this hypothesis, the authors investigated the avoidance response of the marine gastropod Littorina littorea (Linnaeus, 1758) and marine amphipod Gammarus locusta (Linnaeus, 1758) to relatively coarse (83 – 332 µm) olivine and olivine-sediment mixtures during short-term choice experiments.