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Natural Gas Hydrate Systems (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Occurrence and Dynamic Behavior


March 22-23, 2014


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Jonathan Levine

Associate Chair:
Zachary M. Aman

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Natural Gas Hydrate Systems is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting will be current major topics in hydrate systems including earth science and engineering aspects of methane hydrate production, hydrates in and under marine systems and permafrost including potential roles in paleo- and modern climate change, and hydrates in engineered systems such as pipelines. Natural gas hydrates appear in a variety of natural and engineered systems and all disciplines and interests are encouraged to participate, including, but not limited to: sciences such as chemistry, marine geology, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography, or planetary sciences, and applied sciences and engineering such as civil, chemical, environmental, or petroleum engineering.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Natural Gas Hydrate Systems" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmEngineering a Natural System: CH4 Hydrate Production
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Frederick (Desert Research Institute, formerly UC Berkeley)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Marco Terzariol and Junbong Jang (Georgia Tech)
"Overview of Pressure Core Technology for Hydrate Bearing Sediments"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLaboratory Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Pore-Scale Interactions
Discussion Leaders: Weili Hong (Oregon State University) and Jocelyn Grozic (University of Calgary)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Barbara Sowa (CSIRO)
"Influence of Monovalent Salts on the Formation of Ice, THF and C1/C3 Gas Hydrates in Strong Electrolyte Solutions"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pm Kehua You (UT Austin)
"Methane Hydrate Formation and Dissociation at Three-Phase Equilibrium at Constant Pressure"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pm Sheng Dai (National Energy Technology Laboratory)
"Effects of Hydrate on Physical Properties of Hydrate Bearing Sediments: Pore Scale Studies"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pm Kristine Horvat (Stony Brook University)
"A Study of Clean Fuel Production Coupled CO2 Sequestration Using X-Ray Computed Microtomography"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amOut of the Lab: Underground and Underwater
Discussion Leaders: Kehua You (UT Austin) and Ann Cook (Ohio State University)
9:00 am - 9:20 am Urmi Majumdar (Ohio State University)
"Determining the Occurrences of Gas Hydrate in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Using Petroleum Industry Well Logs"
9:20 am - 9:30 am Discussion
9:30 am - 9:50 am Jennifer Frederick (Desert Research Institute, formerly UC Berkeley)
"Effect of Submarine Groundwater Discharge on Relict Arctic Submarine Permafrost and Gas Hydrate Stability"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:20 am Benjamin Phrampus (Southern Methodist University)
"Widespread Gas Hydrates Instability on the Upper US Beaufort Margin"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am - 10:50 am Michael Nole (UT Austin)
"Determining Methane Hydrate Equilibrium Conditions in Sediments from the Nankai Trough"
10:50 am - 11:00 am Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmCareer Options: Academia, Government, Industry
Earth scientists and engineers from academia, government, and industry will discuss career paths and answer questions.
Panel Members:
  • Ann Cook (School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State)
  • Jocelyn Grozic (Civil Engineering, U Calgary)
  • Carolyn Koh (Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines)
  • Matt Walsh (Flow Assurance, Chevron Energy Technology Company)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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