Bureau of Economic Geology

Dr. Timothy "Tip" A. Meckel

Tip Meckel
Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924

Research Interests

Dr. Tip Meckel is a research scientist investigating geologic carbon sequestration topics for the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin.

He joined the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau in 2006, focusing on geologic characterization, structural geology, monitoring design, and pressure evolution for CO2 injections. Tip has been involved with several large-scale field demonstration projects funded through DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. After early exposure during the FRIO tests east of Houston in 2006, he co-directed the research program for the SECARB demonstration project in Cranfield Mississippi, and currently leads the research initiative to identify offshore sequestration potential in the Gulf of Mexico with focus on capacity assessment and seismic monitoring technologies. 


Ph.D., 2003, Institute for Geophysics and Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin. 

M.S., 1998, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

B.A., 1995, with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Department of Geology, Colby College, Waterville, ME.

Selected Publications

Mehana, M., Hosseini, S. A., Meckel, T. A., and Viswanathan, H., 2020, Modeling CO2 plume migration using an invasion-percolation approach that includes dissolution: Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, v. 10, no. 2, p. 283-295, http://doi.org/10.1002/ghg.1976

Alfi, M., Vasco, D. W., Hosseini, S. A., Meckel, T., and Hovorka, S. D., 2019, Validating compositional fluid flow simulations using 4D seismic interpretation and vice versa in the SECARB Early Test--a critical review: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 82, p. 162-174, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2019.01.003

DeAngelo, M. V., Fifariz, R., Meckel, T., and Treviño, R. H., 2019, A seismic-based CO2-sequestration regional assessment of the Miocene section, northern Gulf of Mexico, Texas and Louisiana: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 81, p. 29-37, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.12.009.

Goudarzi, A., Meckel, T., Hosseini, S. A., and Treviño, R. H., 2019, Statistical analysis of historic hydrocarbon production data from Gulf of Mexico oil and gas fields and application to dynamic capacity assessment in CO2 storage: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 80, p. 96-102, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.11.014

Krishnamurthy, P. G., Meckel, T. A., and Dicarlo, D., 2019, Mimicking geologic depositional fabrics for multiphase flow experiments: Water Resources Research, v. 55, p. 9623-9638, http://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR025664

Meckel, T., Feng, Y. E., Treviño, R. H., and Sava, D., 2019, High-resolution 3D marine seismic acquisition in the overburden at the Tomakomai CO2 storage project, offshore Hokkaido, Japan: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 88, p. 124-133, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2019.05.034

Ringrose, P. S., and Meckel, T. A., 2019, Maturing global CO2 storage resources on offshore continental margins to achieve 2DS emissions reductions: Scientific Reports, v. 9, no. 17994, http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-54363-z

Anderson, J. S., Romanak, K. D., and Meckel, T., 2018, Assessment of shallow subsea hydrocarbons as a proxy for leakage at offshore geologic CO2 storage sites: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 74, p. 19-27, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.04.010

Klokov, A., Meckel, T., and Treviño, R. H., 2018, Confining system integrity assessment by detection of natural gas migration using seismic diffractions: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 75, p. 32-40, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.05.001

Meckel, T., and Mulcahy, F., 2016, Use of novel high-resolution 3D marine seismic technology to evaluate Quaternary fluvial valley development and geologic controls on shallow gas distribution, inner shelf, Gulf of Mexico: Interpretation, v. 4, no. 1, p. SC35-SC49, http://doi.org/10.1190/INT-2015-0092.1

Islam, A.W., T.A. Meckel, A.Y. Sun, and P. Krishnamurthy, 2016, Numerical experiments of density driven CO2 saturated brine migration in heterogeneous two-dimensional geologic fabric materials, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 71: 148-156. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icheatmasstransfer.2015.12.019

Meckel, T., Bryant, S. L., and Ravi Ganesh, P., 2015, Characterization and prediction of CO2 saturation resulting from modeling buoyant fluid migration in 2D heterogeneous geologic fabrics:International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 34, p. 85-96, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.12.010.

Wallace, K. J., Meckel, T., Carr, D. L., Treviño, R. H., and Yang, C., 2014, Regional CO2 sequestration capacity assessment for the coastal and offshore Texas Miocene interval: Greenhouse Gases Science and Technology, v. 4, p. 53-65, http://doi.org/10.1002/ghg.1380

Hovorka, S. D., Meckel, Timothy, and Treviño, R. H., 2013, Monitoring a large-volume injection at Cranfield, Mississippi--Project design and recommendations: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 18, p. 345-360.

Lu, Jiemin, Kordi, M., Hovorka, S. D., Meckel, Timothy, and Christopher, Charles, 2013, Reservoir characterization and complications for trapping mechanisms at Cranfield CO2 injection site: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 18, p. 361-374.

Meckel, Timothy, 2013, Digital rendering of sedimentary-relief peels: Implications for clastic facies characterization and fluid flow: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 83, no. 6, p. 495-501, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2013.43


Offshore Storage Resource Assessment of the Northern Gulf of Mexico (TX-LA) – DOE-NETL
Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES) – Basic Energy Sciences

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