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Short Courses are 2-4 day in length and are in-depth reviews of a broad topic. Published proceedings of the MSA and GS short courses will appear as a volume in the Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistryseries. Workshops are 1/2 to 1 day instructions on a much more focused topic or technique. Workshops generally do not result in a publication available after the course. Both Short Courses and Workshops are held in conjunction with a major meeting at which there may be special sessions on the same topic.Short Course(s) now open for enrollment
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Geochemistry of Geologic CO2 Sequestration
7-8 December 2013
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA
(in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union’s 46th Annual Fall Meeting, 9-13 December 2013)
Sponsors: Mineralogical Society of America and The Geochemical Society
Location: Short Course sessions will be held at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA. (Building 50 Auditorium).
Description: Given the public’s interest and concern over the impact of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG) on global warming and related climate change patterns, it is timely to provide an authoritative summary of the fundamental geochemical and mineralogical processes associated with gas-water-mineral-interactions encountered during geological sequestration of CO2. It is safe to say that geochemical and mineralogical processes encountered in the subsurface during storage of CO2 will play an important role in facilitating the isolation of anthropogenic CO2 in the subsurface for thousands of years, thus moderating rapid increases in concentrations of atmospheric CO2 and mitigating global warming.
Global warming and the resulting climate change are arguably the most important environmental challenges facing the world today. Currently the global average temperature is about 0.7°C higher than during pre-industrial times, and model calculations show the temperature difference increasing to about 2-6°C by year 2100. There is a broad scientific consensus that global warming results primarily from increased concentrations of GHG, especially CO2 emitted largely from the burning of fossil fuels. Increased anthropogenic emissions of CO2 have raised its atmospheric concentrations from about 280 ppm during pre-industrial times to almost 400 ppm today, and based on several defined scenarios, atmospheric CO2 concentrations are projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to increase to a range of 450-1,100 ppm at year 2100. Geologic carbon sequestration (GCS), in addition to energy conservation, increased efficiency in electric power generation and utilization, increased use of lower carbon intensity fuels, and increased use of nuclear energy and renewable sources, is now considered necessary to stabilize atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and global temperatures at values that would not severely impact economic growth and the quality of life on earth.
Geological formations, such as oil and gas fields, coal beds, and brine aquifers, are likely to provide the first large-scale opportunity for concentrated sequestration of CO2. Currently, there are three industrial-scale GCS projects underway – the Sleipner saline formation storage project in the North Sea, the Weyburn enhanced oil recovery and CO2 storage project in Canada, and the In Salah, Algeria brine storage project in a depleted gas reservoir. Additional large-scale projects are planned worldwide over the next 3-5 years. In the context of subsurface geochemical and mineralogical processes relevant to carbon sequestration we need to consider the nature of fluid properties and the complex interactions among fluids and between solids, fluids and microbial communities over broad ranges of temperature, pressure, fluid composition, spatial and temporal scales. The geochemical sequestration pathways of prime interest are: “sorption trapping” (sorption onto and within coal and other organic compounds), “solubility trapping” (dissolution and long-term retention of CO2 in saline groundwater) and “mineral trapping” (the reaction of CO2 with non-carbonate minerals to form stable carbonates).
Understanding and predicting these changes is important for determining how the subsurface will perform as a storage container. The specific scientific issues that underlie sequestration technology involve the effects of fluid flow combined with chemical, thermal, mechanical and biological interactions between fluids and surrounding geologic formations. Complex and coupled interactions occur both rapidly as the stored material is emplaced underground, and gradually over hundreds to thousands of years. The long storage times required for effective sequestration, the large scale of GCS globally that is necessary to significantly impact carbon emissions, and the intrinsic spatial variability of subsurface formations provide challenges to both geoscientists and engineers. A fundamental understanding of mineralogical and geochemical processes is integral to this success, and the fact that large-scale injection experiments will be carried out and monitored in the next decade provides a unique opportunity to test our knowledge of fundamental hydrogeochemistry and geophysics.
Sponsored Session at the meeting: This Short Course will be accompanied by the AGU session V017. Geochemistry of Geologic Carbon Sequestration (schedule available October 1 at http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013)
Registering: Either with online registration, by downloading and mailing or faxing the print registration form, or contacting the MSA Business Office, 3635 Concorde Pkwy Suite 500, Chantilly, VA 20151-1110 USA. phone: +1 (703) 652-9950; fax: +1 (703) 652-9951; e-mail: email@example.com.
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