Research Events

The Kerr Investigation - Where Can We Go From Here?

The Kerr Investigaton - Breaking the Mold on Near-Surface Monitoring

When some Canadian landowners noticed changes in their property, they suspected that CO2 being stored deep underground had begun to leak to the surface. After two different investigations reached opposite conclusions, IPAC-CO2 asked experts from The University of Texas at Austin to undertake an independent investigation. These are the results. For more information visit the page related to this monitoring technique on the STORE website.


Katherine Romanak Discusses CCS as part of the NAE Grand Challenges Initiative at UT Austin

On January 30, 2012, Dr. Katherine Romanak spoke as part of the National Academy of Engineering initiative called the Longhorn Grand Challenges Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Engineering students are studying the Grand Challenges in engineering as outlined by the National Academy of Engineering. Carbon capture and storage is one of the Grand Challenges.  Katherine spoke about geologic CO2 storage and careers in carbon management.


"Combining Learnings from Natural Releases of CO2 for CO2 Storage: Processes, Impacts, and Scale" Session at AGU Annual Meeting, December, 2011

Members of STORE co-chaired and presented at oral and poster sessions entitled "Combining Learnings from Natural Releases of CO2 for CO2 Storage: Processes, Impacts, and Scale" (H23B) at the December 2011 AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Abstracts of presentations and posters from STORE members:


Aided by Oil, Carbon Capture Projects Advance in Texas

by Kate Galbraith, The Texas Tribune
January 7, 2011

STORE Excerpt:

Carbon dioxide is a “fantastic solvent,” said Susan Hovorka, a scientist with the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the University of Texas’ Jackson School of Geosciences. In a nearly liquid form, it can mix with the underground oil, making the oil more fluid and easier to extract. Water gets pumped in before the carbon dioxide; when carbon dioxide is unavailable, water suffices, but it is not as effective.


EOR as Sequestration: Geoscience Perspective

Dr. Susan D. Hovorka and Dr. Scott Tinker


Gulf Coast Carbon Center
Bureau of Economic Geology
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712


CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) has a development and operational history several decades longer than geologic sequestration of CO2 designed to benefit the atmosphere and provides much of the experience on which confidence in the newer technology is based. With modest increases in surveillance and accounting, future CO2 EOR using anthropogenic CO2 (CO2-A) captured to decrease atmospheric emissions can be used as part of a sequestration program.