Project Vesta has engaged the Institute to establish an independent review board to provide assessment and oversight of a proposed field experiment in the Dominican Republic to test an atmospheric carbon dioxide removal approach called “Coastal Enhanced Weathering.”

Coastal enhanced weathering, however, remains largely a theoretical concept at this point, with an array of questions related to its potential effectiveness in terms of carbon sequestration. Moreover, it is critical to assess potential risks to coastal ecosystems, as well the implications for beach area uses. Project Vesta’s field experiment is a preliminary step in this inquiry. PVRB will attempt to provide an independent and objective review of Project Vesta’s research protocols and results, compliance with pertinent legal requirements, and the soundness of its public engagement protocols.