December 9–13, 2019: GCCC research scientist Seyyed Abolfazl Hosseini hosted the "Understanding Pore-Scale Mechanisms of Fluid Flow in Porous Media: Modeling and Experimental Approaches" session at the AGU Fall Meeting 2019. GCCC senior research scientist Tip Meckel will host "Use of high-resolution 3D marine seismic for overburden monitoring at the Tomakomai CO2 storage project, Hokkaido, Japan" on Wednesday. Find where you'll find the work of Sahar Bakhshian, Hosseini, and Meckel at AGU 2019 on our blog: http://www.beg.utexas.edu/gccc/blog/gccc-at-agu-fall-2019/
November 29, 2019: Tip Meckel and lead author Philip Ringrose published an article that illustrates how CCS on global continental margins can achieve the industrial emissions goals laid out by the IPCC's 2-degree scenario. “There’s been a lot published on emissions reduction strategies and what capacity is needed from each within the coming decades, but we don’t know exactly how each technology will roll out,” Meckel said. “With this paper, we provide an actionable, detailed pathway for CCS to meet the goals laid out in those reports.” The publication, "Maturing global CO2 storage resources on offshore continental margins to achieve 2DS emissions reductions" was published in Nature's Scientific Reports.
Ringrose, P.S., and T.A. Meckel, 2019, Maturing global CO2 storage resources on offshore continental margins to achieve 2DS emissions reductions: Scientific Reports, v. 9, p. 17994, doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-54363-z.
About the Gulf Coast Carbon Center
Research, Technology, and Education for the Geological Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
Burning fossil fuels (gas, oil, and coal) has measurably increased the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Although the long-term consequences of this accumulation are hotly debated, it is likely that it will have negative impacts on both the ocean and climate.
One possible response is to capture carbon dioxide after combustion in industrial settings and reinject it into deep geological reservoirs where it will be retained for long periods of time. This process is called geological sequestration, or carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) seeks to impact global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide by
- conducting studies on geological sequestration of CO2 in the deep subsurface, focusing on the Gulf Coast,
- educating the public about risks that might limit deployment of geological sequestration and measuring the retention of CO2 in the subsurface, and
- enabling the private sector to develop an economically viable industry to sequester CO2 in the Gulf Coast area.
Since 1998, GCCC has been a leader in research that facilitates a proactive response by energy-related businesses to reduce atmospheric release of CO2. GCCC has led or is in the process of conducting seven major field research projects to develop effective technologies to monitor retention of CO2 in the subsurface. In addition, GCCC has led a number of diverse projects including estimation of storage capacity, EOR screening and economic assessments, risk of leakage to water resources, assessment of pressure, and whole system integration. GCCC hosts STORE, a training and education effort.
For a news story describing historical field efforts of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, please click here.
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For a historical look at how the GCCC has addressed the carbon question, please click here.