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Departments & Programs


  • Co-optimized enhanced oil and gas recovery with sequestration

    There is great potential for synergy between the geologic storage and the enhanced production of hydrocarbons from oil reservoirs, gas shales, and coal-gas reservoirs, but many questions remain.  Learn more

  • Geochemical Processes and Permanent Storage

    Geochemical processes are among the least understood processes in carbon storage. They may adversely impact projects through alteration of the integrity of a cap rock, or decreased injectivity, or benefit storage through mineralization of carbon dioxide. Learn more

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of CO2 sequestration projects for quantification and assurance of storage security is essential for the commercial deployment of this technology.  Both traditional geophysical and novel non-seismic techniques need to be developed that allow for the quantitative observation of CO2 in the subsurface at precisions higher than currently exist. Learn More

  • Improved Process Modeling for Design, Operation, and Risk Assessment

    Modeling is essential to both understanding underlying physical phenomena in the geologic storage of CO2 and for optimization in the design, operation, and risk assessment of large storage projects. Learn More

  • Annual Review Meeting, May 2012

    The first research review meeting was held on May 10th, 2012. Learn more

  • CO2-EOR & Storage Workshop

    The annual workshop and short course were held on January 23-24th, 2013. Learn More

  • Annual Review Meeting, May 2015

    The 4th Annual Meeting and Workshop were held on May 27-28th, 2015. Learn more

  • Carbon Capture

    Adsorption and membrane processes are investigated for carbon capture applications. Breakthrough and isotherm experiments are carried out on carbon-based sorbents to investigate the kinetics and material capacities. Learn more

Welcome to SCCS

Carbon storage refers to the set of technologies developed to inject captured carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in deep geological formations for long term storage. It is a potential means of mitigating the contribution of fossil fuel emissions to global warming. There are unanswered fundamental scientific questions that must be addressed for more efficient implementation of large-scale projects of geological CO2 storage and sequestration within the next several decades. Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS) was established in 2011. SCCS investigates questions related to enhanced recovery of oil and gas combined with CO2 storage, mixed gas injection processes, the development of monitoring technologies for all classes of geological storage, the characterization of both near-well and distal geochemical processes during CO2 injection, and computational optimization of the design and operation of large projects.

Upcoming Events

Mar 1 2017


Mark Zoback receives AGI public service award

Stanford Earth's Mark Zoback received this year's Outstanding contribution to the Public Understanding of the Geosciences award from the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).

Stanford’s Sally Benson talks energy systems analysis at MIT

Sally Benson, Co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy and Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University, believes that energy adaptations will need to take place as the world begins its long-term transition to a decarbonized energy system, and cost consideration would be the deciding factor in determining which kinds of low-carbon technology to develop.  

Kate Maher receives James B. Macelwane Medal

The American Geophysical Union (AGU), the largest academic association of Earth scientists in the world, awarded Kate Maher with the James B. Macelwane Medal in recognition of her work in the field of environmental geochemistry.