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Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC)


Recent News


Photo of the panel at COP24's side event Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for decarbonising industry in developed and developing countries

Katherine Romanak was a panelist and co-organizer of the only CCS-dedicated side event at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP24) in Katowice Poland. Photo by Malgosia Rybak

December 7, 2018: Five GCCC researchers—Tip Meckel, Ramón Treviño, Susan Hovorka, Katherine Romanak, and Alexander Sun—were recognized at the Bureau of Economic Geology’s 2018 Rainmakers’ Dinner. Researchers who generated at least $400K in funding this year were recognized.


December 6, 2018: In collaboration with IEAGHG, CCSA, Bellona, and the International CCS Knowledge Centre, GCCC has secured the only official Side Event on CCS at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP24) in Katowice Poland—a panel titled “Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for decarbonising industry in developed and developing countries,” in which Katherine Romanak spoke. You can view a recording of the panel here.



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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 new training and education effort.


GCCC Staff

The GCCC is a multidisciplinary group that includes experts in geology, hydrology, petroleum engineering, chemistry, economics, and computer modelers. For more information about the researchers, post-docs, and students who comprise the Carbon Center, please see our staff page.


For a news story describing recent field efforts of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, please click here

For a historical look at how the GCCC has addressed the carbon question, please click here.



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For a flyer on GCCC mission, activities, impact, and goals, please click here.