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Research Capabilities

Carbon Emission Sequestration

"Carbon sequestration" refers to an array of methods for capturing and permanently isolating gases that otherwise could contribute to increasing global temperatures.  Our group is contributing to the research into sequestering carbon dioxide and other gases in geologic formations.  Our objective is to develop affordable and environmentally safe sequestration approaches that could offer a way to stabilize atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide.

There are a number of challenges facing geological sequestration including:

  • Sufficient storage capacity
  • Ability to inject gases into the formation
  • Caprock integrity
  • Reservoir leakage
  • Lateral continuity of reservoir
  • Unfavorable geologic structures.

Photo of drill rig on location at the Wallua Test Site
Drill rig on location at the Wallua Test Site

Our research teams are evaluating each of these challenges at various sites.  The group is involved in testing the viability of geological sequestrationa at a number of field research sites throughout the United States.

Our staff capabilities for conducting this research include:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Modeling
  • Design, supervision, and analysis of deep borehole characterization programs
  • Hydrochemistry/Geochemistry
  • Geophysics.

Map of carbon sequestration test sites
Locations of test sites across the United States, at which we contribute to carbon sequestration research

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