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Monitoring of Carbon Sequestration

Monitoring of Carbon Sequestration


Tip Meckel, Research Associate
Gulf Coast Carbon Center
Bureau of Economic Geology
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin

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.