Methane Hydrate Community Workshop
The study of methane hydrates in nature has been ongoing for over 40 years and the research community has made significant strides in our understanding of the occurrence, distribution and characteristics of marine methane hydrates, yet knowledge related to the role that methane hydrates may play as an energy resource, as a geologic hazard, and as a possible agent in climate change is incomplete. More work is needed to integrate the research community’s gas hydrate related research efforts while developing a more complete understanding of the critical outstanding research issues to be resolved to further understand methane hydrates in nature.
To this end, the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory in partnership with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) initiated a new Methane Hydrate Field Research Program. This project was proposed as part of a potential three-phase initiative ending with an offshore drilling field program. As part of the first phase of the project, Ocean Leadership hosted a methane hydrate community workshop in Washington, D.C. on June 4-6, 2013. In addition to the development of the methane hydrate research science plan, this workshop also provided an excellent learning opportunity, as well as a venue for the exchange of ideas among a highly interdisciplinary group of scientists.
Workshop Plan and Agenda
Workshop Plan and Agenda Package (Adobe PDF)
Methane Hydrate Workshop Report (Adobe PDF)
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