September 13, 2019: Omar Ramirez Garcia, a recent master's graduate supervised by Dr. Tip Meckel of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, received the Energy and Earth Resources Director's Award for his excellent research thesis on carbon capture and storage under the Gulf of Mexico. His thesis is titled "Geologic Characterization and Modeling for Quantifying CO2 Storage Capacity of the High Island 10-L Field in Texas State Waters, Offshore Gulf of Mexico." Read the abstract here.
August 7–10, 2019: Collaborator Won-Ki Moon from UT's advertising school presented his GoMCarb-project work at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2019 conference in Toronto, Canada. Moon presented his poster titled, Predicting Public Support for Carbon Capture and Storage Policy. Download the poster here. The association and its conference are one of the world's largest gatherings for research in journalism and mass communication like public relations, advertising, and media management.
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 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.