Research, Technology, and Education for the Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

Industrial processes such as the production of cement, iron and steel, and petrochemicals, as well as burning fossil fuels (e.g., gas, oil, and coal) has measurably increased CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere. The long-term consequences of increased concentrations of CO2 gas in Earth’s atmosphere will have negative impacts to oceans and climate.

One possible response is to capture CO2 in industrial settings and reinject it into deep geological reservoirs where it will be retained for long periods of time. This process is called geological sequestration, or carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) seeks to impact global levels of atmospheric CO2 by

  • Conducting studies, often focusing on the Gulf of Mexico, in regard to geological storage, retention and monitoring of CO2 in the deep subsurface
  • Educating the public about the process of geological CO2 storage, the risks and mitigation measures associated with carbon capture and storage deployment
  • Enabling the private sector to develop an economically viable industry to store CO2 in the Gulf of Mexico, across the U.S., and globally 

Since 1998, the GCCC has been a global leader in research that facilitates a proactive response by energy-related businesses to reduce atmospheric release of CO2. The GCCC has led or is in the process of conducting several major field research projects onshore and offshore to develop effective technologies to monitor retention of CO2 in the subsurface. In addition, the GCCC has led a number of diverse projects including estimation of storage capacity, enhanced oil recovery (EOR) screening and economic assessments, risk and monitoring of leakage to water and surface resources, assessment of pressure, and whole-system integration.

GCCC Staff, 2023

The GCCC is a multidisciplinary group that includes experts in geology, hydrology, petroleum engineering, chemistry, economics, and computer modeling. For more information about the researchers, post-docs, and students who comprise the Carbon Center, please see our staff page.​​​​​​

Recent News

June 29, 2024: Congratulations to the GCCC’s graduate student, Previna Arumugam, for receiving the “Most Outstanding Student” award from IEAGHG’s 2024 International CCS Summer School…click to read

June 26, 2024: For our weekly GCCC group meeting, Alex Bump presented, “Gulf Coast Faults and Fluid Flow”…click to read

June 23–29th, 2024: Katherine Romanak was an instructor, and Previna Arumugam was selected to attend, IEAGHG’s 2024 International CCS Summer School in Darwin, Australia…click to read

June 21, 2024: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center hosted their 2nd Sponsors’ Meeting at ExxonMobil’s Energy Center’s Town Hall in Spring, TX for 2024…click to read

June 12, 2024: The GCCC hosted a weekly meeting and welcomed several new students including three Research Traineeship Experience (RTX) students for the summer…click to read

June 3, 2024: The GCCC welcomes Melianna Ulfah who is starting a Ph.D. at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center in the fall…click to read

June 3, 2024: Our research group at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center is excited about the 17th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, known as to read

May 21–22, 2024: Dr. Tip Meckel attended the first meeting of the CCUS Permitting Task Force for Federal and non-Federal Lands…click to read

May 20, 2024: The GCCC welcomes Muhammad Haseeb Mukhtar for a 2024 summer internship with Dr. Seyyed A. Hosseiniclick to read

May 17, 2024: Ramón Gil-Egui collaborated on a Global CCS Institute report…click to read

May 17, 2024: Argenis Pelayo provided the GCCC with an update about his M.S. research…click to read

May 16, 2024: As part of The University of Texas at Austin designating 2024 as the “Year of AI,”  Seyyed Hosseini and Dolores van der Kolk organized the Bureau of Economic Geology’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Workshop for Bureau Researchers…click to read

May 13, 2024: Excited to announce a manuscript that Hailun Ni co-authored is available online…click to read

May 10, 2024: Tip Meckel participated in the Texas Energy Tour hosted by PowerHouse Texas and the Texas Energy & Climate Caucusclick to read

May 7, 2024: In a groundbreaking move today, the government of Trinidad and Tobago launched the "CCUS Collaborate" initiative, funded in part by Green Climate Fund readiness funds…click to read

May 5, 2024: For a riveting read, take a look at a new Gas Science and Engineering publication by Jianqiao Leng, Alex Bump, Seyyed A. Hosseini, Tip Meckel, Zhicheng Wang, and Hongsheng Wangclick to read

May 3, 2024:  Tim Dixon, the Director & General Manager of IEAGHG, presented "International Developments in Offshore Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Deployment" as part of the Bureau of Economic Geology's Special Seminar Series…click to read

May 3, 2024: Happy Friday from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center…click to read

May 1, 2024: Announcing a new publication entitled, “An experimental investigation on the carbon dioxide (CO2) storage capacity of the composite confining system" by Hailun Ni, Alex Bump, and Sahar Bakhshianclick to read

April 26, 2024: Delighted to announce that Zhichang (William) Wang, Cheng Peng, Luis Ayala, and Seyyed Hosseini have published in Interporeclick to read

April 25, 2024: Alex Bump and Katherine Romanak provided BOEM in Washington, D.C. with a 1-day long workshop entitled, “Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) 101 Day” …click to read

April 19, 2024: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center's researcher, Alex Bump, summarized "Composite Confining Systems: Rethinking Petroleum Seals for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Storage" recently as part of the Bureau of Economic Geology’s Seminar Series…click to read

April 11–12, 2024: Zhicheng (William) Wang will attend “Breaking the Barrier: A Conference on Integrating Reserves and Emissions” …click to read

April 11, 2024: The GCCC will meet with a visitor from U.S. Department of Energy…click to read

April 11, 2024: Ramón Treviño will attend, and present, at the Texas American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s 2024 Coastal Symposium …click to read

April 10–12, 2024: GCCC Representatives will attend and present at GEOGULF2024 in San Antonio, TX…click to read

April 10, 2024: Ramón Gil-Egui attended a joint Southern States Energy Board and Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) CCUS Commercialization Acceleration Consortium Meeting at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas…click to read

April 10, 2024: Katherine Romanak and Sue Hovorka were invited to provide remarks on panels for CO2NNECT: CO2 Conversations held in Austin, TX…click to read

April 9, 2024: Congratulations to Alex Bump and co-authors Sahar Bakhshian, Hailun Ni, Sue Hovorka, Iulia Olariu, Dallas Dunlap, Seyyed Hosseini, and Tip Meckel for winning the 2024 Tinker Family Bureau of Economic Geology Publication Award.

April 9, 2024: The GCCC’s Sue Hovorka will attend DAC Dialogues: Bridging Policy and Innovation for Direct Air Capture (DAC) Deployment hosted by the Great Plains Institute and the Carbon Capture Coalition in Austin, TX…click to read

April 5, 2024: Susan Hovorka presented a virtual overview of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to the Texas Farm Bureauclick to read

April 5, 2024: Katherine Romanak provided the GCCC Team with a presentation entitled, “Environmental Baselines: Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Live without Them” for the GCCC’s weekly meeting series…click to read

April 1–3, 2024:  Dr. Tip Meckel participated in the ISEM Energy Round Table in Galveston.


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