These stories offer a glimpse of the many ways in which faculty and students are addressing some of today's greatest challenges in the Earth and environmental sciences.
Pamela Matson, left, dean of the School of Earth Sciences, will present a report to the Faculty Senate today. Four student representatives to the Faculty Senate will also give presentations.
EMSL user studies CO2 mobility in carbon sequestration: Are geological formations storing carbon dioxide similar to a soft drink bottle – when the lid is opened, the gas escapes into the atmosphere? This is one of the questions Lin Zuo is asking in his study at EMSL on geological carbon sequestration. Zuo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Energy Research Engineering at Stanford University.
A team of Earth scientists at Stanford University is subjecting chunks of rock to hellish conditions in the laboratory – all in the name of curbing climate change..."About 60 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions come from power plants, refineries and other industries," said Sally Benson, a professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford.
The initial extraction is three to five times more carbon emitting than conventional crude recovery, according to a study by Stanford University's Adam Brandt.
A team of Earth scientists at Stanford University is subjecting chunks of rock to hellish conditions in the laboratory – all in the name of curbing climate change.
Massive amounts of greenhouse gases trapped below thawing permafrost will likely seep into the air over the next several decades, accelerating and amplifying global warming, scientists warn.
Researcher Jennifer Wilcox, of Stanford University, quoted in Mongabay: "Direct air capture sounds great in theory. In reality though a lot of energy is required. Using fossil-based energy sources to capture and regenerate the carbon dioxide could readily result in more carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere than is captured. For direct air capture to be feasible, carbon-free energy, such as solar or wind, is required. But that carbon-free energy would be used more effectively to replace CO2-emitting power plants... Ultimately, society needs to move completely away from carbon-based energy resources."
A study by Adam Brandt at Stanford University, California, found there was some uncertainty, but greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production were "significantly different enough from conventional oil emissions that regulatory frameworks should address this discrepancy".
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently honored Dr. Curtis Hays Whitson, Founder & CTO at Petrostreamz, and BS Stanford, '78, with the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference.