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Environmental monitoring

The comprehensive suite of NGL environmental monitoring capability includes atmospheric, soil gas and groundwater monitoring equipment.

Environmental monitoring

NGL’s wide-ranging suite of environmental monitoring equipment can be used for surface and near surface monitoring of the atmosphere, soil surface and groundwater. The field-based equipment can be used as individual components or together as a set depending on the research requirements.

The environmental monitoring equipment can be used to monitor CO2 and other gases in the atmosphere, soil gas and groundwater.

The atmospheric equipment is used to measure the concentration and dispersion of CO2 and other gases in the air or in a particular pathway.

The soil gas equipment measures how fast gases including CO2 move in and out of the soil in a given time frame.  The equipment is usually left in the field to monitor over a period of time depending on the research requirements.

The groundwater equipment is used to measure chemical properties, electrical conductivity and water levels.

This comprehensive suite of equipment coupled with the know-how from the range of experts NGL has to offer means that carefully considered risk-based monitoring frameworks can be easily established for large-scale industrial projects.


Australian Resource Research Centre, Kensington, Perth


Linda Stalker

CCS applications

Environmental monitoring is essential for establishing baseline data and determining the characteristics of a site as well as ongoing monitoring to verify and mitigate leakage risks. This is particularly valuable for carbon storage as CO2 is naturally present in the Earth’s atmosphere making it harder to detect its origin.

The equipment would be used at all stages of the carbon storage process including site characterisation, during injection and post injection for monitoring purposes.

Other applications

The equipment can also be employed for other greenhouse gas applications (such as methane), groundwater quality monitoring, understanding the oxygen flux network, as well as measurements of water uptake and atmospheric water. This can be transferred to all industrial sectors including oil and gas, unconventional resources, mining and manufacturing.

Example Equipment

  • Atmospheric monitoring equipment
  • Soil gas monitoring equipment
  • Groundwater monitoring equipment
  • Infrared sensors
  • UV-visible spectrometer
Australian Government Department of Education CSIRO The University of Western Australia Curtin University Western Australian Energy Research Alliance