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Toward Gigatonnes CO2 Storage — Grand Geophysical Challenge

Event Details:

Sunday, June 26, 2022 - Thursday, June 30, 2022


Mitchell Building
397 Panama Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-2215
United States


In-Person and Virtual
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All geoscientists and engineers interested in subsurface CO2 sequestration can contribute to the workshop discussions and can benefit from attending. 

We particularly encourage students and junior professionals to attend. Competitive grants from the SEG Foundation will be awarded to offset students’ registration and travel costs. A block of rooms in a University Guest House has been reserved; students and junior-academic participants will have priority in the assignments of these rooms. We also plan an evening poster session designed to facilitate communications between students and the other participants.


Sponsorship Information

Humanity faces a crucial problem caused by anthropogenic carbon emissions driven by energy production, transportation, large-scale agriculture, and industrial production (steel and cement in particular). Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is one of the main tools at our disposal to address the problem. To significantly impact future climate change, CCS must scale well beyond current levels and soon reach the Gigatonnes level.

This workshop will focus on the subsurface challenges of large-scale geological sequestration and how geophysical methods can provide solutions to these challenges.

The workshop aims to advance the state-of-the-art geophysical technologies and their applications in identifying geological storage sites and monitoring safe long-term subsurface storage without creating new environmental and geological hazards.

The workshop format is hybrid. We plan to have about 50 attendees on-site at Stanford University and many more connected worldwide that will be fully engaged in the proceedings through modern telepresence technology.

The last morning of the workshop (Thursday, 30 June 2022) will be dedicated to a broad discussion of the “hot topics” for CCS-related research involving all participants (on-site and remote). The summary of this discussion will be shared with the applied geophysics community and will form the basis for broader discussions in the years to come.


  • Biondo Biondi (Stanford University)
  • Michel Verliac (TotalEnergies)

Organizing Committee

  • Erkan Ay (Shell)
  • Jonathan Ajo-Franklin (Rice University)
  • Cengiz Esmersoy
  • Erika Gasperikova (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Ali Tura (Colorado School of Mines)
  • Don White (Geological Survey Of Canada)
  • Lianjie Huang (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  • Ulrich Zimmer (Shell)

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The workshop technical sessions, and some of the associated social events, will take place in academic buildings on the Stanford University campus. Workshop participants' access to these academic buildings is conditional to their following Stanford University's rules that protect the community from the spread of COVID; these rules are described in detail here:

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