BY:Tip Meckel, Research Associate
When: Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Seminar Room 1.603, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 196, Austin, Texas 78758
Host: Charles Jackson, UTIG
Among the various subsurface challenges that geologic carbon sequestration presents, the monitoring of injected CO2 is critical for regulatory oversight, public acceptance, and economic viability. After a brief overview of geophysical monitoring techniques currently being employed in carbon sequestration projects around the globe, I will focus on subsurface monitoring techniques that are currently underway and in development by the Gulf Coast Carbon Center for an active large-scale subsurface injection demonstration project in southwest Mississippi. These techniques include permanent downhole gauges (continuous pressure), passive microseismic, cross-well seismic, electrical resistance tomography, and fiber-optic distributed temperature. I will also highlight the evolving opportunities for sequestration in deep-geologic offshore environments (especially in the Gulf of Mexico), and the current opportunities for developing marine monitoring technologies that are needed for these environments to become viable for CO2 storage.