Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC)


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Image of podium with Susan Hovorka giving a talk with a slide showing reservoir complexity.

Susan Hovorka presents at the Ground Water Protection Council Underground Injection Control Conference



February 18, 2020: GCCC undergraduate researcher Margaret Murakami received Best Undergrad Poster Award at the UT Energy Week for her and GCCC research associate Sahar Bakhshian's research on pore-scale multiphase flow simulation in fractured rocks.


February 18, 2020: GCCC researchers Susan Hovorka and Ramon Gil-Egui presented in San Antonio at the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) Underground Injection Control Conference focused on carbon capture and storage. Mike Paque, the GWPC executive director said in a news release, "This topic is particularly important and timely as many more states are seeking primacy for the Class VI UIC program and there are growing incentives for and interest in implementing geologic storage." Hovorka presented the "Cost of Selecting a Storage Site — Staged Investment to Decrease Risk" and Gil-Egui presented "Stacked Storage and Tax Incentive Impacts on CO2-EOR Sustainability".


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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 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.

Clockwise from top left: Dr. Sahar Bakhshian, Arnold Aluge, Ramón H. Treviño, Dr. Alex Bump, Prasanna Krishnamurthy, Dr. Tip Meckel, Taylor Barnhart, Vanessa Nuñez-López, Michael DeAngelo, Dr. Patrick Mickler, Emily Moskal, Dr. Susan Hovorka, Dr. Katherine Romanak, Dr. Seyyed Hosseini, Ramon Gil-Egui, John Franey, and Melianna Ulfah. Not pictured: Harry Hull and Margaret Murakami. 


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

For a list of GCCC media coverage, click here.

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


Click here for "RI0283. Geological CO2 Sequestration Atlas of Miocene Strata, Offshore Texas State Waters"


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