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We are carrying out a series of studies, usually in close collaboration with the oil and gas industry, on problems in oil and gas reservoirs, potential CO2 repositories and geothermal reservoirs. The emphasis of this research has recently been shale gas, tight gas, and tight oil reservoirs.
Professor Zoback teaches a class on Reservoir Geomechanics, which is offered every other year in Spring quarter at Stanford, and is also offered yearly as a free online class open to anyone. Registration for the online class is now open for 2016. [more]
Sone, H and M.D. Zoback, Mechanical properties of shale-gas reservoir rocks — Part 1: Static and dynamic elastic properties and anisotropy, Geophysics, v. 78, no. 5 (September-Octorber 2013), D381-D392.
Sone, H and M.D. Zoback, Mechanical properties of shale-gas reservoir rocks — Part 2: Ductile creep, brittle strength, and their relation to the elastic modulus, Geophysics, v. 78, no. 5 (September-October 2013), D393–D402.
Kohli, A.H. and M.D. Zoback, Frictional properties of shale reservoir rocks, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, v. 118, 1–17, 17 August, 2013. doi:10.1002/jgrb.50346, 2013
Johri, M. and M.D. Zoback, The Evolution of Stimulated Reservoir Volume during Hydraulic Stimulation of Shale Gas Formations, URTeC 1575434, Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) held in Denver, Colorado, USA, 12-14 August 2013.
Das, I. and M.D. Zoback, Long-period, long-duration seismic events during hydraulic stimulation of shale and tight gas reservoirs — Part 1: Waveform characteristics, Geophysics, v. 78, no. 6 (November-December 2013), P. 1–12, 13 FIGS.
Das, I. and M.D. Zoback, Long-period long-duration seismic events during hydraulic stimulation of shale and tight gas reservoirs — Part 2: Location and mechanisms, Geophysics, v. 78, no. 6 (November-December 2013), KS97–KS105.
Zoback, M.D., A. Kohli, I. Das and M. McClure, The importance of slow slip on faults during hydraulic fracturing of a shale gas reservoirs, SPE 155476, SPE Americas Unconventional Resources Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA, USA 5-7 June, 2012.
Paul, P., M.D. Zoback and P. Hennings, A method to implement permeability anisotropy associated with fault damage zones in reservoir simulation, SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, Feb. 2011, 138-152.
Vermylen, J. and M.D. Zoback, Hydraulic fracturing, microseismic magnitudes and stress evolution in the Barnett Shale, Texas, USA, SPE 140507, SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition, held in The Woodlands, Texas, USA 24-26, January 2011.
Goodarzi, S., A. Settari, M. Zoback and D.W. Keith, Thermal aspects of geomechanics and induced fracturing in CO2 injection with application to CO2 sequestration in the Ohio River Valley, SPE 139706, paper presented at SPE International Conf. on CO2 capture, Storage and Utilization, New Orleans, LA, 10-12 November 2010.
*Bohnhoff, M., M.D. Zoback, L. Chiaramonte, J.L Gerst and N. Gupta, Seismic Detection of CO2 Leakage along Monitoring Wellbores, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Controls, v.4, pp.687-697.
Zoback, M.D., S. Kitasei and B. Copithorne, Addressing the environmental risks from shale gas development, Worldwatch Institute, 19 pp,
*Bohnhoff, M., M.D. Zoback, Oscillation of fluid-filled cracks triggered by degassing of CO2 due to leakage along wellbores, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B11305,doi:10.1029/2010JB000848
*Ross, H.E., P. Hagin, and M.D. Zoback, CO2 storage and enhanced coalbed methane recovery in unmineable coalbeds of the Powder River Basin, Wyoming: Reservoir characterization and fluid flow simulaltions, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Controls, v.3, p. 773-786, doi:10.1016/j_ijggc.2009.06.002
Paul, P., M.D. Zoback and P. Hennings, Fluid Flow in a Fractured Reservoir Using Geomechanically Constrained Fracture Model for Reservoir Simulation - SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering - Formation Evaluation, Aug. 2009, page 562-575.
*Lucier, A. and M.D. Zoback, Assessing economic feasibility or regional deep saline aquifer CO2 injection and sequestration: A geomechanics-based workflow applied to the Rose Run Sandstone in Eastern Ohio, USA, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Controls, DOI:10.1016/j.ijggc.2007.12.002.
*Ross, H. E. and M.D. Zoback, Sub-hydrostatic pore pressure in coalbed and sand aquifers of the Powder River Basin, WY and MT, and implications for disposal of coalbed-methane -produced water through injection, Rocky Mountain Geology,v.43, p. 155-169.
*Colmenares, Lourdes B. and M.D. Zoback, Hydraulic fracturing and wellbore completion of coalbed methane (CBM) wells in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming: Implications for water and gas production, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, 91,51-67.
*Chan, A.W. and M.D. Zoback, The Role of Hydrocarbon Production on Land Subsidence and Fault Reactivation in the Louisiana Coastal Zone, Journal of Coastal Research, DOI: 10.2112/05-0553,771-786.
Zoback, M.D., Reservoir Geomechanics: Earth Stress and Rock Mechanics Applied to Exploration, Production and Wellbore Stability, Cambridge Press, Cambridge Press, 449 pp.
*Chiaramonte, L., M.D. Zoback, J. Friedmann and V. Stamp, Seal integrity and feasibility of CO2 sequestration in the Teapot Dome EOR pilot: geomechanical site characterization, Environmental Geology, DOI 10.1007/s00254-007-0948-7.
*Mallman, E.P. and M.D. Zoback, Subsidence in the Louisiana coastal zone due to hydrocarbon production, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 50.
*Lucier, A, M.D.Zoback, N. Gupta and T.S. Ramakrishnan, Geomechanical aspects of CO2 sequestration in a deep saline reservoir in the Ohio River Valley region, Environmental Geology, 13 (2), 85-103.