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Natural Gas Hydrate Systems
Gordon Research Conference

Emerging Research, Technologies and The Industry


March 23-28, 2014


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Michael J. Whiticar

Vice Chair:
Marta Torres

Meeting Description

Our rapidly advancing knowledge of gas hydrate systems is driven by a broad spectrum of energy industry interests, environmental concerns and fundamental research.

Industrially, the commercial development of the immense hydrate deposits is becoming a reality with the recent JOGMEC tests in the Japan Nankai Trough and with ConocoPhilips on the US North Slope. Flow assurance issues related to hydrates continue to present important challenges. The dynamics of present and palaeo-hydrates, including marine and terrestrial and permafrost gas hydrates, carry environmental consequences that can catastrophically change the planet. These applied areas depend heavily on the fundamental research to understand the formation and occurrence of hydrates. New advances of these different, yet synergistic, perspectives will be intensely discussed during the 3rd Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrates, which brings together industry government and academic investigators in hydrate activities, from all career stages.

The 5-day retreat-style meeting format has a limited number of invited speakers with longer-format, cutting-edge presentations, with no concurrent sessions and extended discussion periods. In concert, there are extensive, scheduled poster sessions, which everyone attends. There will be presentations on field, experimental, and modeling studies that enhance our understanding of gas hydrates and their interaction with sediments, pore fluids, and the biosphere on pore space to planetary spatial and temporal scales. These, together with the many informal discussions and activities, are the hallmarks of our Gordon Research Conference.

Participants include geoscientists, microbiologists, physicists, and chemists, as well as energy, geotechnical, and chemical engineers. This GRC specifically encourages intensive exchange and discussion of unpublished, state-of-the-art advances in gas hydrate sciences and allied disciplines. This year we are also hosting a Gordon Research Seminar that brings early investigators and students together prior to the GRC meeting.

Related Meeting

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


Meeting Program

4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmGas Hydrates: Energy Resource, Natural Hazard and Risk
Discussion Leader: Tim Collett (U.S. Geological Survey)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmRay Boswell (National Energy Technology Laboratory)
"Gas Hydrates as an Energy Resource"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmCraig Shipp (Shell International Exploration & Production, Inc.)
"Gas Hydrates as a Geohazard: What Really Are the Issues?"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGas Hydrates: Deposits, Exploration and Production
Discussion Leader: Brian Anderson (West Virginia University/NETL)
9:00 am - 9:25 amKiyofumi Suzuki (Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation)
"Daini-Atsumi Knoll Methane Hydrate Reservoir: Site of the First Offshore Hydrate Production Test in the Nankai Trough"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:00 amOsamu Osawa (Schlumberger Ltd.)
"Participation in and Recent Progress by the Japanese Methane Hydrate R&D Program"
10:00 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:45 amCoffee Break
10:45 am - 11:10 amRichard Birchwood (Schlumberger Technical Services)
"Risks Associated with Marine Hydrates: Experience from Nankai Trough and Gulf of Mexico"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:55 amEric May (The University of Western Australia)
"Gas Hydrate Transport from Sediment to Pipeline"
11:55 am - 12:25 pmDiscussion
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmAnnouncements
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGas Hydrates and Cold Seeps: Observations and Models
Discussion Leader: Gerhard Bohrmann (University Bremen)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmLaura Lapham (University of Maryland)
"Gas Hydrate Dissolution at Natural Cold Seeps"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMalgorzata Peszynska (Oregon State University)
"Computational Math Modeling in Support of Observatories"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmProduction and Flow Assurance Issues Related to Gas Hydrates
Discussion Leader: Luis Zerpa (Colorado School of Mines)
9:00 am - 9:40 amCarolyn Koh (Colorado School of Mines)
"Gas Hydrate Formation and Interactions at Interfaces in Flow Assurance"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJefferson Creek (Chevron Energy Technology Co)
"Hydrate Considerations in Flow Assurance Design"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmLarry Talley (ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co)
"Predicting the Effects of Gas Hydrates on Flow Assurance"
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmDiscussion
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmAnnouncements
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGas Hydrate, Ice Cores and Climate
Discussion Leader: Alan Rempel (University of Oregon)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmKlaus Wallmann (GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel)
"The Global Inventory of Methane Hydrate in Marine Sediments: A Theoretical Approach"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmTodd Sowers (Pennsylvania State University)
"A Decade of Clathrate Guns: Still Smokin?"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGas Hydrates, Permafrost and Seeps
Discussion Leader: John Pohlman (U.S. Geological Survey)
9:00 am - 9:30 amChristian Berndt (GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel)
"Evidence for a Dynamic Gas Hydrate System Off Svalbard, Arctic Ocean"
9:30 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amJeff Chanton (Florida State University)
"Arctic Soils: Permafrost Thaw, Geochemistry, and Gas Production Ratios"
11:00 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:00 pmIra Leifer (University of California, Santa Barbara)
"Reassessment of the Deep Methane Contribution to the Atmosphere: The Hydrated Bubble Plume Express"
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmGas Hydrates and Atmospheric Budgets
Discussion Leader: Jurgen Mienert (UiT, The Arctic University of Norway)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmEdward Dlugokencky (NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory)
"Atmospheric Perspective on Changing Arctic Methane Emissions"
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:30 pmGas Hydrate Monitoring: Observatories
Discussion Leader: Jurgen Mienert (UiT, The Arctic University of Norway)
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmMartin Scherwath (Ocean Networks Canada)
"Neptune Cabled Observatory"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmEvan Solomon (University of Washington)
"OOI Cabled Observatory"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:30 amGas Hydrates in the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges
Discussion Leader: Greg Myers (GE Oil and Gas)
9:00 am - 9:40 amCarolyn Ruppel (US Geological Survey)
"Investigating Climate-Sensitive Marine Gas Hydrates to Evaluate Late Pleistocene to Contemporary Climate Change"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amScott Dallimore (Geological Survey of Canada - Pacific)
"Marine Geohazards Associated with Transgressed Permafrost Gas Hydrates in the Beaufort Sea"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:30 pmOutstanding Contributions from Early Career Investigators
11:30 am - 11:35 amJonathan Levine (National Energy Technology Laboratory) and Zachary Aman (The University of Western Australia)
11:35 am - 11:45 amJennifer Frederick (Desert Research Institute)
"Effect of Submarine Groundwater Discharge on Relict Arctic Submarine Permafrost and Gas Hydrate Stability"
11:45 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:00 pmKristopher Darnell (University of Texas, Austin)
"Simulations of Seafloor Methane Venting from Warming-Induced Hydrate Destabilization"
12:00 pm - 12:05 pmDiscussion
12:05 pm - 12:15 pmBarbara Sowa (CSIRO)
"Influence of Monovalent Salts on the Formation of Ice, THF and C1/C3 Gas Hydrates in Strong Electrolyte Solutions"
12:15 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmAnnouncements
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGas Hydrates and Ecosystem Ecology
Discussion Leader: Giuliana Panieri (University of Tromsø, Norway)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmTina Treude (GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel)
"Gas Hydrates and Methanotrophic Microbes in a Changing Climate"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmAndrew Thurber (Oregon State University)
"Fauna, Food Webs, and Flux: Integrating Ecosystem Ecology into Our Understanding of Methane Cycles"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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