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U.S. Geological Survey Gas Hydrates Project


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The USGS Gas Hydrates Project integrates across USGS mission areas, programs, and regions. The stars indicate the locations of personnel involved in the Gas Hydrates Project. Within the US, much of the research focuses on the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, which represent marine and permafrost-associated settings for gas hydrates, respectively.


The USGS Gas Hydrates Project focuses on gas hydrates in the natural environment and seeks to advance understanding of (a) the potential of gas hydrates as an energy resource; (b) the role of gas hydrates in climate change, as well as their susceptibility to climate change; and (c) gas hydrates and the stability of submarine slopes. The Gas Hydrates Project maintains an extensive laboratory program to support research in these core areas.

The USGS Gas Hydrates Project has been making contributions to advance understanding of US and international gas hydrates science for over two decades. The research group working on gas hydrates at the USGS is among the largest in the US and has expertise in all the major geoscience disciplines, as well as in the physics and chemistry of gas hydrates, the geotechnical properties of hydrate-bearing sediments, and the biogeochemistry of marine and permafrost gas hydrate systems. The group includes field-based scientists, numerical modelers, laboratory scientists, and supporting technical personnel for marine, permafrost, and laboratory operations. Much of the research is carried out in collaboration with other federal agencies or academic partners, and there are frequently opportunities to collaborate on international programs that jointly serve the Project's mission and the goals of the international partners.

Project ChiefCarolyn Ruppel

  • Energy Research and International Resource-Based DrillingTimothy Collett (Denver)
  • Climate and Slope Stability ResearchCarolyn Ruppel (Woods Hole)
  • Geochemistry/BiogeochemistryJohn Pohlman (Woods Hole)
  • Laboratory for Gas Hydrate-Bearing SedimentsWilliam Waite (Woods Hole)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy and related studiesLaura Stern (Menlo Park)

The USGS Gas Hydrates Project is a multidisciplinary effort that is jointly supported by the Coastal and Marine Geology Program and the Energy Research Program at the USGS. Most personnel are based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts (Coastal and Marine) and in Denver (Energy). Additional personnel are located at the Santa Cruz Coastal and Marine Science Center, the Earthquake Program in Menlo Park, and the Minerals Program in Reston.


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