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Summary of Proposal RES1513

TitleInSAR monitoring of Carbon Captureand Sequestration
Investigator Amelung, Falk - University of Miami, Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics
Team MemberNo team members defined
SummaryCarbon Capture and sequestration (CCS) is a technology attempting to prevent the release of large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere from fossil fuel use in electric power generation by capturing CO2, and ultimately, pumping it into underground geologic formations to securely store it away from the atmosphere. The University of Miami has a research project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to test multidisciplinary monitoring of carbon sequestration using geodetic, seismic and geochemical methods. The goal of the project it the demonstration that successful carbon sequestration is associated with ground inflation and seismicity and unsuccessful sequestration (associated with leakages) with a lack of ground deformation and excess CO2 at the surface. The proposed project has two components. First, we will use high-resolution spotlight data for InSAR monitoring of carbon sequestration at our principal test site in Hastings, Texas (near Houston). For this site we already have measurement equipment of three continuous GPS stations, three seismometers and geochemical measurement equipment. Second, we will acquire half-year long data stacks for 3-4 additional U.S. carbon storage sites (to be defined). The goal of this portion of the project is to proof the concept of InSAR monitoring of carbon sequestration and to encourage more detailed studies in the future. The DOE has granted us funding to acquire TSX data through research channels. We request a quota of 160 scenes corresponding to the total budget we expect from DOE.

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