CCS and Power Systems

Carbon Storage - Monitoring, Verification, Accounting, and Assessment

Combining Space Geodesy, Seismology, and Geochemistry for Monitoring, Verification and Accounting of CO2 in Sequestration Sites

Performer: University of Miami

Project No: FE0001580

Project Description

This four-year project — performed by faculty and researchers from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the University of South Florida, assisted by UNAVCO, Inc., a non-profit consortium funded by the National Science Foundation — aims to develop an integrated, low-cost methodology for assessing the fate of CO2 injected into various classes of geologic reservoirs. The project team will integrate data from space geodesy (which utilizes highprecision Global Positioning System [GPS] and Interfero-metric Synthetic Aperture Radar [InSAR] technology to measure subtle surface displacements), seismology, and geochemistry in a straightforward series of procedures and algorithms, and assess the cost and efficacy of these procedures for long-term tracking of CO2. This new approach will be tested at a large-scale CO2 injection test site. Results are expected to confirm suitability of this methodology for most carbon storage sites.

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