On October 29, 2019, GCCC of the University of Texas at Austin partnered with two universities in Trinidad and Tobago, and IEAGHG, to host a symposium aimed at building the dual-island nation’s capacity for carbon capture and storage as a part of its national carbon emission reduction and climate change mitigation strategy. The symposium reviewed international projects, outlined the foundation already in place for CCS in Trinidad and Tobago, and surveyed the potential for further development and technical support from international partners.

The symposium, hosted on the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) campus, also explored pathways forward for obtaining United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other funding sources (World Bank and Caribbean Development Bank, for example) for national program development that has propelled many nations to modernize industry for the future.

Find the full agenda here: thecermproject.com/ccs-symposium.html

Speaker bios here: thecermproject.com/speakers-and-presenters.html

Read a previous press release on the topic here: jsg.utexas.edu/news/2019/05/partnership-seeks-to-fight-climate-change-and-help-caribbean-nations-economy/



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    Dr. Timothy “Tip” A. Meckel
    Senior Research Scientist
    Expertise: Geologic characterization, structural geology, monitoring design, and pressure evolution for CO2 injections
    Bio

    Interplay between Capillary and Buoyancy Forces During Immiscible Displacement in Heterogeneous Porous Media
    Monday, 9 December 2019
    13:40 – 18:00
    Moscone South – Poster Hall
    (with GCCC PhD student Prasanna Krishnamurthy)

    Use of high-resolution 3D marine seismic for overburden monitoring at the Tomakomai CO2 storage project, Hokkaido, Japan
    Wednesday, 11 December 2019
    17:38 – 18:00
    Moscone South – 159, Upper Mezz.


    Dr. Seyyed A. Hosseini
    Research Scientist
    Expertise: Multiphase fluid flow in porous media
    Bio

    Hydrogeological Modeling and Pore Pressure Characterization of Delaware Mountain Group in the Delaware Basin, Texas and New Mexico (non-CCS related)
    Friday, 13 December 2019
    08:00 – 12:20
    Moscone South – Poster Hall

    (See below for other sessions and posters co-hosted by Dr. Hosseini)


    Dr. Sahar Bakhshian
    Research Associate
    Expertise: Pore-scale fluid flow simulations
    Bio

    Understanding Pore-Scale Mechanisms of Fluid Flow in Porous Media: Modeling and Experimental Approaches | Posters
    Monday, 9 December 2019
    13:40 – 18:00
    Moscone South – Poster Hall
    (with Dr. Seyyed Hosseini)

    Pore-scale study of spontaneous imbibition in fractured rocks using the lattice Boltzmann method
    Wednesday, 11 December 2019
    13:40 – 18:00
    Moscone South – Poster Hall
    (with Dr. Seyyed Hosseini and GCCC undergraduate researcher Margaret Murakami)

    Modeling of convective carbon dioxide dissolution in porous media: from pore to Darcy scale
    Friday, 13 December 2019
    14:10 – 14:25
    Moscone West – 3018, L3
    (with Dr. Seyyed Hosseini and previous GCCC postdoc Dr. Baole Wen)


    Dr. Alexander Sun
    Senior Research Scientist
    Bio

    (Find all sessions, including non-CCS research, here. Two below are co-hosted with GCCC postdoc Dr. Zhi Zhong.)

    Adversarial Learning for Subsurface Flow and Transport Modeling Wednesday, 11 December 2019
    08:00 – 12:20
    Moscone South – Poster Hall

    A Deep Learning Based Approach for the Dynamic Reservoir Property Changes Estimation by Using Time-lapse Seismic Data
    Wednesday, 11 December 2019
    08:00 – 12:20
    Moscone South – Poster Hall

    Real-Time Monitoring of CO2 Plume During GCS with Integrated Continuous Active-Source Seismic and Pressure Monitoring Data
    Wednesday, 11 December 2019
    08:00 – 12:20
    Moscone South – Poster Hall


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  • GCCC program manager Ramón Treviño (far right) joins ASBPA on a field trip stop that explored the geological processes behind the sand dunes on Mustang Island

    In February, two members of GCCC, Susan Hovorka and Emily Moskal, attended a meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) to meet a diverse group of stakeholders whose work or interest centers around the Texas coastline.

    As indicated by ASBPA’s website, the organization’s membership is comprised of a variety of professionals including engineers, scientists, planners, public officials, and other professionals who are interested in the protection, restoration, and management of the shores and beaches of U.S. bays, harbors, oceans, and the Great Lakes.

    During the meeting, Hovorka and Moskal listened to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush talk about actions that the state representatives are taking to preserve Texas’ legacy along the coast.

    Also at that meeting, Hovorka and Moskal met the hosts and producers of the American Shoreline Podcast Network. Since then, GCCC researchers have been featured in two podcasts. The first was released that same month, featuring Hovorka and her general overview of carbon sequestration. The second was published last week and featured Katherine Romanak who spoke about the measures GCCC and other research groups take to mitigate carbon sequestration risks.

    Also this month on April 15 and 16, GCCC program manager Ramón Treviño attended the annual symposium and field trip of the ASBPA Texas Chapter, hosted at the Harte Research Institute of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

    During the first day, Treviño participated in a field trip led by Dr. Mark Besonen, an associate research scientist at the Harte Research Institute. The trip was co-led by Randy Bissell, the geoscience advisor to Headington Energy Partners LLC in Corpus Christi. Besonen described the trip as offering “a longer-term, geological perspective that considers past shorelines and coastal configurations [and how] they can inform us about [the] present and future coastal change.”

    The field trip stops were at the following coastal features: 1) a recent (approximately four-year-old) bay-front slump on a bluff on the western shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay, 2) the modern Nueces River bayhead delta, 3) Oslo Bay, a Pleistocene-age lagoon that developed during the previous (Eemian stage) interglacial, and 4) the beach and dunes of the modern barrier island system at the southern end of Mustang Island.

    During the second day, Treviño presented an introductory CCS symposium talk titled, “Carbon Capture and Sequestration (Storage) – CCS: A Climate Change Mitigation Strategy for the Near-Offshore Northwestern Gulf of Mexico.”

    Global climate change, specifically sea-level rise, was either an explicit or implicit focus of many symposium talks. During his talk, Treviño emphasized the potential of CCS to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere from CO2 point sources and thus mitigate sea level rise and its negative impact on the coast. After the presentation, several audience members, who were previously unfamiliar with the technology, expressed interest in CCS.

    Because a large part of our work at the GCCC centers around engaging new perspectives and new stakeholders in the region, this symposium and its professional networking created an opportunity for the team to make connections that, either directly or indirectly, relate to our offshore regional partnership studies. We look forward to more interactions with the ASBPA community and how the community’s expertise can inform our work on the Texas near offshore.