- Who: Mark D. Zoback, Stanford University
- Where: Building 50 Auditorium
- When: 10:30 am to 12 pm, April 16, 2010
- Why: About the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series
Abstract: Current estimates of unconventional natural gas resources in the U.S. and Canada (as well as the rest of the world) are now so large that significantly increased use of unconventional natural gas resources needs to be an essential component of U.S. energy policy. As an abundant and inexpensive alternative to coal for generating electricity and its potential use for transportation, enhanced use of shale gas significantly alters the energy/climate landscape, especially with respect to the emission of CO2 and other pollutants. In this talk, I will discuss the potential for shale gas to lead the transition to a low carbon energy future over the next 20-30 years as well as the research we are currently carrying out investigating the possibility of sequestering CO2 in depleted shale gas reservoirs. Biosketch: Dr. Zoback’s principal research interests are related to quantifying the forces that act within the earth's crust and their influence on plate tectonics, earthquake mechanics, and geomechanical processes affecting oil and gas exploration and production and CO2 sequestration. He was the Principal Investigator of the SAFOD project, a $24M NSF-funded research project to drill, test, and sample an actively deforming segment of the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depth. He has authored or co-authored approximately 250 technical papers and one book (Reservoir Geomechanics, published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press).