The Deep Carbon Observatory has approved funding for a workshop to discuss developing novel and innovative technologies with industry partners. It will take place 15-16 January 2014 at Rice University, Houston, TX, USA, and will bring together both academic and private sector scientists interested in the inner workings of Earth.
The primary goal of the workshop is to stimulate interactions between DCO and the energy industry, and to support fundamental research activities being undertaken both locally in Rice University’s Earth Science department, and in the DCO’s Reservoirs and Fluxes Community in general. Topics for discussion include various aspects related to magmatic flux of carbon associated with crust-mantle interactions, with a view to understanding the nature of crustal degassing.
The oil and gas industries rely critically on the distribution of carbon/hydrocarbon in Earth’s near-surface reservoirs. These interests intersect with those of many members of the international scientific community; therefore, fostering long-term partnerships will bring benefits to both communities. The meeting will emphasize new instrumentation and technology related to characterization and detection of carbon in samples of various length-scales. For example, geoscientists from the exploration & production (E&P) industry can benefit from the recent DCO-funded technological advances in real-time remote measurement of volcanic gas compositions, since similar technology may be used to continuously monitor conventional and unconventional natural gas developments. In turn, DCO scientists will benefit from, among other things, extensive deep Earth sampling and access to multiple field sites worldwide.
The workshop will comprise a day and a half of presentations from DCO scientists and industry representatives, as well as breakout sessions to discuss the road ahead. During the workshop a strategy for partnerships between oil and gas industries and DCO scientists will be mapped out. It is hoped that specific partnerships will also emerge, particularly in relation to measurement technologies and sample sharing. Workshop participation is chiefly by invitation; however, a limited number of spots may be available for others to participate. Those interested in attending the meeting should contact Rajdeep Dasgupta, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Rice University, by the end of September 2013.
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