2023 Review

Expanded News

September 13–15th, 2023: The 6th International Workshop on Offshore Geologic CO2 Storage, hosted by the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, IEAGHG, and Storegga, will be held at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland…click to read

September 1, 2023: As a collaboration with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), we are excited to announce the release of an Earth-Science Reviews manuscript that Dr. Tip Meckel co-authored entitled, Evaluation of geological CO2 storage potential in Saudi Arabian sedimentary basins. To read more click here.

September 1, 2023: The GCCC welcomes 5 new graduate research assistants to our program and 1 undergraduate research assistant…click to read

August 29–31, 2023: The GCCC’s Ramón Treviño will attend and present a talk on August 31, 2023 at the Texas Groundwater Summit held in San Antonio, TX…click to read

August 28–September 1, 2023: Representatives from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center will be attending the 2023 FECM / NETL Carbon Management Research Project Review Meeting that will be held in Pittsburgh, PA....click to read

August 26 to September 1, 2023: GCCC Representatives will attend AAPG and SEG’s International Meeting for Applied Geoscience & Energy (IMAGE) 2023 including Carlos Uroza, Ismail Faruqi, and Charlie Zheng…click to read

August 8–10th, 2023: The IEAGHG Monitoring Network Meeting will be held at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA…click to read

July 24–28th, 2023: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center hosted a GeoFORCE 12th grade academy…click to read

July 21, 2023: Drs. Sue Hovorka, Katherine Romanak, Tip Meckel and Alex Bump provided a presentation about coastal Carbon Capture and Storage for ~30 people at the Texas General Land Office....click to read

July 17–21, 2023: Dr. Sahar Bakhshian’s M.S. Student, Richard Colt Larson, attended the Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics Conference at the University of New Mexico (UNM), in Albuquerque, NM....click to read

July 16–25, 2023:  The GCCC’s M.S. student, Jose Ubillus, will be attending the 19th annual RECS program… click to read

June 29, 2023: The Switch Energy Alliance (SEA) invited Dr. Sahar Bakhshian from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center to discuss carbon capture and storage at the Bureau of Economic Geology to a group of staff and teachers from the U.S.A. …click to read

June 22–23, 2023: As an observer, Ramón Treviño attended an EPA Region 6 public hearing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana…click to read 

June 20–22, 2023Dr. Katherine Romanak virtually attended, and presented, at a workshop held by the National Academies of Science…click to read

June 20, 2023: The GCCC’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Zhicheng (William) Wang, participated in the Colorado River Alliance outreach event, known as Groundwater to the Gulf (G2G)....click to read

June 13–14, 2023Dr. Katherine Romanak was an invited speaker at the Global Cement and Concrete Association CEO Gathering and Leaders Conference, held in Zurich, Switzerland…click to read

June 12–August 25, 2023: The GCCC's M.S. Student, Shadya Taleb Restrepo, will be interning with Repsol's Geological Low Carbon Group based in Houston, Texas....click to read

June 5–7, 2023Dr. Katherine Romanak was an invited speaker at the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Conference in Point Lisas, Trinidad and Tobago…click to read 

June 3–4th, 2023: Dr. Katherine Romanak participated in discussions around the Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan First Global Dialogue… click to read

June 1st, 2023: The GCCC welcomes Zahra Bajalan as a summer graduate research assistant working with Dr. Sahar Bakhshian on reactive transport modeling of CO2 and brine leakage to groundwater aquifers…click to read

June 1st, 2023: The GCCC welcomes Dr. Ali Farhadinia as Dr. Sahar Bakhshian’s Research Engineering/Scientist Assistant who will model and simulate CO2 and brine leakage into drinking water resources to quantify potential impacts of leakage regarding groundwater quality…click to read

June 1, 2023: The GCCC welcomes the JSG EER M.S. student Sawsan Almalki who will be working with Dr. Seyyed Hosseini for her M.S. project…click to read

June 1st, 2023: Dr. Sahar Bakhshian's M.S. student, Richard Colt Larson, was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF)… click to read

May 31, 2023: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center met with Dr. Thomas Demchuk… click to read

May 30th, 2023: The GCCC congratulates our high school intern, Devon Bump, for graduating high school with distinction…click to read

May 24, 2023: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center met with Baker Hughes representatives…click to read

May 23, 2023: Dr. Sue Hovorka provided a presentation via zoom to PetroChina, entitled “Status Update on CCS: Texas and US CCS…click to read

May 22–24th, 2023: Drs. Katherine Romanak, Alex Bump, and Seyyed Hosseini provided EOG in Dallas, TX with a CCS training course....click to read

May 22, 2023: Bump et al. (2023) article "Composite Confining Systems: Rethinking Geologic Seals for Permanent CO2 Sequestration" was released online...click to read

May 17th, 2023: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center met with the JERA Americas Inc…click to read

May 16, 2023: The Jackson School of Geosciences released a news article about Dr. Tip Meckel being selected for a White House Task Force… click here to read  

May 10, 2023: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center met with from Tetra Techclick to read

May 8th, 2023: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center congratulates Dr. Sahar Bakhshian for receiving the prestigious Jackson School Outstanding Educator Award… click here to read.

May 8th, 2023: The GCCC’s International Fellow, Dr. Charles Jenkins, a Senior Principal Research Scientist from CSIRO in Perth Australia, has started an approximately 2-month professional visit at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center.

May 5th, 2023: Open to Debate released "Is Carbon Capture Essential to Fighting Climate Change?" featuring Dr. Katherine Romanak with the Gulf Coast Carbon Center.  Have a listen here.

May 4–6, 2023:  Special congratulations to the Gulf Coast Carbon Center's Edna Rodriguez Calzado, Yushan Li, Angela Luciano, and Shadya Taleb Restrepo for participating in graduation events over the weekend…click to read

May 4, 2023: Dr. Tao Zhang from the Southwest Petroleum University in Nanchong, Sichuan, China invited Dr. Sahar Bakhshian who presented a talk entitled, “The Role of Pore-Scale Physics in CO2 Trapping and Migration in Geologic Formations” to the University....click to read

May 2–4, 2023: Dr. Seyyed Hosseini attended a 3-day integrated meeting in Santa Fe, NM for 3 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funded projects (e.g. SMART, EDX4CCS, and NRAP) to help accelerate geologic carbon storage deployment in the U.S.A....click to read

May 1, 2023: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center would like to thank Dr. Dana Thomas, Dr. Sahar Bakhshian, Dr. Shuvajit (Jit) Bhattacharya, Dr. Alex Bump, Sue Hovorka, Dr. Tip Meckel, and Dr. Hailun Ni for co-teaching the JSG CCS course…click to read

April 25–27th, 2023: Seventeen representatives from the GCCC attended the SPE, AAPG, and SEG’ Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage meeting in Houston, TX…click to read

April 21, 2023: Tip Meckel and Emily Beckham’s article entitled, "High-resolution geologic modeling and CO2 flow simulation of a realistic clastic deltaic 3D model derived from a laboratory flume tank experiment" was officially published…click to read 

April 12, 2023: Dr. Sue Hovorka was quoted in an Upstream Energy Explored news article entitled, “Supermajors frustrated by regulation barriers amid high CCS appetite.

April 12, 2023: Congratulations to Dr. Sahar Bakhshian for receiving an award from  UT’s Energy Institute, 2023 Strategic Energy Seed Grant Program, for her project entitled, “Long-term surveillance of plugged and abandoned wells for immediate detection of CO2 leakage in geological carbon storage sites.”

April 5, 6, and 7th, 2023: The 2023 GoMCarb-SECARB Annual Partnership Meeting will be held in Austin, TX… click to read 

March 30th, 2023: The Bureau of Economic Geology’s Outreach Team and the GCCC’s postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Zhicheng (William) Wang, participated in Geology Day at Thornton Elementary School in Temple, TX… click to read  

March 28 – 31, 2023: Dr. Sahar Bakshian, Dr. Hailun Ni, and graduate students from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center attended UT Energy Week 2023click to read

March 28th, 2023: Students from the CO2 Injection and Storage in Geological Formations course field trip took a fieldtrip to the Austin Core Research Center at the Bureau of Economic Geology with Dr. Sue Hovorka and Dr. Dana Thomasclick to read 

March 25th, 2023: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center congratulates our high school intern and high school senior, Shaunak Pandey, for winning first place for his science project after competing in a competition across the State of Texas!click to read 

March 25th, 2023: Dr. Katherine Romanak presented and lead a discussion entitled, Explore the Pros & Cons of CCS, during Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Third Coast) Cocktails & Conversations Series between 4 and 5 pm CDT… click to read

March 24, 2023: Congratulations to Dr. Tip Meckel, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology’s Gulf Coast Carbon Center, for being selected as a member of the Biden-Harris Administration’s CCUS Federal Lands and Outer Continental Shelf Permitting Task Force… click to read

March 22, 2023: Dr. Sue Hovorka hosted several of our graduate students, researchers, and the BEG’s outreach team at the GCCC to help train and educate kids of all ages about science and carbon dioxide… click to read

March 15, 2023: Powerhouse Texas released a highlight reel from the Energy Innovation Forum that Dr. Katherine Romanak participated in on February 6th, 2023. Click here to watch the entire forum from that day… click to read   

March 8, 2023: Happy Women’s International Day from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center…click to read

March 8, 2023: The Alaska Senate Resources Committee invited Dr. Tip Meckel to speak on the topic of CCS. Alaska has two bills under consideration in the current state legislative session: Senate Bills 48 and 49click to read    

March 7th, 2023: The GCCC is teaming up with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Perth, Australia with an internal webinar series to share current interests in carbon capture and storage (CCS) and to explore collaboration by having thematic discussions about CCS… click to read    

March 6 to 10th, 2023: GCCC graduate students Maria Madriaga and Ismail Faruqi attended CERAWeek by S&P Global in Houston, TX… click to read   

February 28th, 2023: The Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, hosted Dr. Alex Bump, for an in-person and live-streamed presentation entitled, CCS: The Swiss Army Knife of Climate Change Mitigation and a Key to the Energy Transition for their Symposium Series. Click here to watch the talk

February 28, 2023: Dr. Tip Meckel was an invited speaker for the Golden Triangle Days session at the Capitol complex in Austin. Tip followed comments by Texas Speaker, Dade Phelan from the House of Representatives, and provided a vision of CCS development in the Gulf Coast, notably in the Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange region. … click to read

February 27, 2023: Special thanks to Tim Dixon, the Director of IEAGHG, for being a keynote speaker at our first 2023 Gulf Coast Carbon Center's Sponsors' Meeting of the year… click to read   

February 24, 2023: Dr. Sahar Bakhshian’s high school intern, Shaunak Pandey, advanced from the regional science fair to the state science fair that will be held March 24 and 25th at Texas A&M. Read more here

February 22, 2023: Was a beautiful, bluebird day in Austin, TX, U.S.A. to kick off the semiannual Gulf Coast Carbon Center's Sponsors' Meeting… click to read

February 21 – 23, 2023: Mr. Ramon Gil attended the Roadmap for CO2 Transport Fundamental Research Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management.

February 13, 2023: The GCCC welcomes Dr. Zhicheng (William) Wang as a new Postdoctoral Fellow who will be working with Dr. Seyyed Hosseiniclick to read 

February 11, 2023: Drs. Hailun Ni, Sahar Bakhshian, and Tip Meckel published Effects of grain size and small-scale bedform architecture on CO2 saturation from buoyancy-driven flow in Nature’s Scientific Reports. To view this open-access journal article, please click here.

February 11, 2023: The GCCC congratulates high school student Shaunak Pandey and graduate student Richard Colt Larson for winning awards for presenting their research, advised by Dr. Sahar Bakhshian, at the Jackson School of Geosciences 12th Annual Student Research Symposium… click to read

February 6, 2023:  Dr. Susan Hovorka hosted Dr. Wonsuck Kim, currently with Yonsei University in South Korea, and a delegation from the Korean CCS Association… click to read

February 6th, 2023:  Dr. Katherine Romanak was invited to provide an overview about carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) by PowerHouse Texas at the Texas Capitol in Austin, TX… click to read 

February 1, 2023: We are excited to announce that the GCCC’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Hailun Ni, has officially been promoted as a Research Associate and has the new title of Laboratory Experimentalist… click to read 

February 1, 2023: The CarbonSAFE Phase II – Storage Complex Feasibility: Coastal Bend Offshore Carbon Storage project by Principal Investigators, Dr. Tip Meckel from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, and the Chief Strategy Officer Jeff Pollack from the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (POCCA) was awarded $7.3 million… click to read

January 26th, 2023:  The GCCC hosted a premier CCS group from the University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT) and the University of the West Indies (UWI)... click to read

January 23rd – 25th, 2023:  Dr. Tip Meckel attended the recently created Port Opportunities with Energy, Resilience & Sustainability (POWERS) Summit & Exposition in Tampa, Florida…click to read

January 20 to 22, 2023: Two of our master's students, Jose Ubillus (Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering) and Richard Larson (Jackson School of Geosciences, Energy and Earth Resources), competed in the 3rd Annual Energy AI Hackathon hosted by the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering… click to read

January 17, 2023: Dr. Sahar Bakhshian has hired a new graduate research assistant, Blazej Ksiazek, for the spring and summer of 2023 to work on a project entitled: Combining quantitative leakage risk assessment with financial liability for CO2 geologic storage: Providing information to the insurance sectorclick to read

January 16th, 2023:  One of our scientists from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, Dr. Alex Bump, was interviewed for a podcast, produced by the Global CCS Instituteclick to read

January 15th, 2023: The GCCC welcomes the Jackson School of Geoscience’s Energy and Earth Resources (JSG EER) M.S. student Maria Paula Madariaga who will be advised by Dr. Carlos Urozaclick to read

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