The 2022 Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrate Systems will unite researchers at all career stages across academia, government, and industry, to probe current and future metrological pathways to identify the existence and distribution of these unique crystalline compounds throughout the planetary system, alongside the role of their complex phase behavior in determining both their impact on the natural environment and potential for shaping a low-emissions future.
Beginning with obstructive occurrences identified in natural gas transmission lines in 1934, research into gas hydrates has grown exponentially over the past nine decades. Today, the hydrate community has grown to include a global effort that seeks to understand the means by, and extent to, which hydrates form naturally in deep marine and terrestrial Arctic environments, and the degree to which these occurrences affect geologic stability and climate change. Acting as a storage vector for methane on Earth, there is significant interest in further developing the engineering systems required to utilize hydrates as a potential energy resource. As the community looks toward the future, there exists both uncertainty and excitement around the prospect of hydrates on some, if not many, icy planetary bodies within the solar system, requiring new research and innovation under more exotic and extreme conditions.
This meeting will examine new laboratory findings across the broad length-scales of inquiry in hydrate science: from simulation and experimentation to control behavior at the molecular level; to the characterization and machine learning methods now available to quantify the distribution and role of natural hydrate occurrences throughout the planetary system. This GRC is designed to facilitate intensive discussion of unpublished, state-of-the-art results in gas hydrate science, and to foster cross-disciplinary discussion and exchange throughout the diverse community.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Keynote Session: Hydrates as a Planetary Capacitor for Important Gases
- Sources and Mechanisms Driving Hydrate Occurrences
- Hydrate Dissociation Mechanics and Soil Interactions
- Slope Stability Impacts of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Hydrate
- Technologies for Separation and Carbon Capture
- The Role of Hydrates in the Low-Emissions Landscape
- The Role of Hydrates for Hydrogen
- Hydrates Throughout the Solar System
- Machine Learning that Changes the Future of Hydrate Research