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"Carbon Management"

Research & Initiatives

2004-Star-B1 Regional Development, Population Trend and Technology Change Impacts on Future Air Pollution Emissions

Urban development results in changes to land use and land cover and, consequently, to biogenic and anthropogenic emissions, meteorological processes, and processes such as dry deposition that influence future predictions... More
Faculty & Staff

Adelman, David

David E. Adelman teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, and climate change policy. Professor Adelman’s research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science. His arti... More
Courses

Advances in CO2 Injection and Storage in Geologic Formations (GEO 391)

This class is a cross disciplinary, project-based course in new technology for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Topics covered will include multiphase fluid flow, pore scale studies, imaging micromodels, capillary an... More
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After Copenhagen: Climate Governance and the Road Ahead

The Copenhagen conference provides important lessons for future international cooperation on climate change. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting showed that global conferences (with hundreds of... More
Research & Initiatives

Air Quality Research Program

The specific goal of the State of Texas Air Quality Research Program (AQRP) is to support scientific research related to Texas air quality, in the areas of emissions inventory development, atmospheric chemistry, meteorol... More
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Air Resources Engineering Program

The University of Texas at Austin has developed one of the world's largest and most active programs in Air Resources Engineering. The University of Texas Program in Air Resources Engineering (UTPARE) currently includes ... More
Faculty & Staff

Berberoglu, Halil

Dr. Berberoglu’s research integrates thermal-fluid sciences with bio- and nano-technology and focuses on exploiting a wide range of renewable energy sources and carbon sequestration technologies. His research activitie... More
Faculty & Staff

Breecker, Daniel

Breecker is primarily interested in pursuing a process-based understanding of soils and the "critical zone" with the goal of determining how climate influences soils and how soils influence climate. A better understandin... More
Research & Initiatives

Build Carbon Neutral

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Mithun, a multidisciplinary design practice (www.mithun.com), have joined forces to expand our current understanding of the construction industry\'s role in global warming and ... More
Centers & Institutes

Bureau of Economic Geology

The Bureau of Economic Geology, established in 1909, is the oldest research unit at The University of Texas at Austin. The Bureau, part of The John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of T... More
Research & Initiatives

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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Faculty & Staff

Carr, David L.

David Carr is a petroleum geologist whose primary interests lie in clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy. He has served as a consultant, performing a variety of reservoir characterization and exploration projects that h... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Environmental Research (CER) at Hornsby Bend

The Center for Environmental Research at the Austin Water Utility's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is a partnership formed in 1989 with the City of Austin, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University to su... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security

The Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES) is pursuing scientific understanding of multiscale, multiphysics processes to ensure safe and economically feasible storage of carbon dioxide and other bypro... More
Courses

Chemistry and the Environment (UGS 303)

Designed for students with only high-school background in the subject of chemistry. Topic description: Elementary topics in environmental chemistry: essential chemical and physical processes in the earth's atmosphere; in... More
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Clean Energy Technologies & Public Policy (PA 680)

This PRP will investigate a minimum of 12 clean energy technologies within the domains of renewable energy power production, transmission and distribution; energy efficiency technologies; alternative energy transportatio... More
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Climate Change Law and Policy (PA 188G)

PA 188G Climate Change Law and Policy is an intensive introduction to international and national debates on the appropriate responses to global warming. More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Change Working Group, ESI

UT's Environmental Science Institute's Climate Change Working Group has members focused on all aspects of Climate Change such as history, modeling, impacts, process studies, remediation, and education and outreach. More
Courses

Climate Change: Current Literature (GEO 391)

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Climate System Modeling (GEO 347G; GEO 387G)

Studies the basic theory of climate system modeling using state-of-the-art regional climate models in a variety of applications. Subjects may include paleoclimate study and future climate prediction based on greenhouse g... More
Courses

Climate System Physics (GEO 371; GEO 391)

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Degree Plans & Curricula

Climate Systems Science - Geological Science (MA, MS, PhD)

Modern climate change may be the single most important problem humanity has ever faced. The new Climate Systems Science program at the Jackson School of Geosciences is poised to answer some of the most pressing questions... More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Systems Science Research Group

The Jackson School of Geosciences Climate Systems Science group includes researchers from diverse geoscience disciplines coming together to improve our understanding of the Earth\'s climate system. The group is involved ... More
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Cost-Effective Capture & Storage of CO2 through Energy Production from Saline Aquifers

The potential to sequester very large volumes of CO2 in deep saline aquifers is very well known. A significant fraction of these deep, high-temperature aquifers are saturated with CH4 (methane) at pressures exceeding nor... More
Research & Initiatives

Desalination in Texas

Desalination of both seawater and brackish waters has been made a top priority in the State of Texas to satisfy the water needs of a growing population. Several large-scale demonstration seawater desalination projects ar... More
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Development of a Solar-Powered Vehicle (EE 309S; EE 362S; ME 379M; ASE 379L)

Analysis, design, and construction of a solar-powered car for national competitions involving other universities. Study of electrical, mechanical, and aerodynamic systems. Electrical Engineering 309K (Topic: Development ... More
Courses

Development Within a Low Carbon World (PA 388K)

This course seeks to prepare professionals for post-Kyoto climate negotiations and address sustainable development issues associated with adoption of climate-related technologies in developing nations. One half of th... More
Faculty & Staff

Duncan, Ian

Dr. Duncan leads the Earth Systems and Environment group at BEG. For the last 4 years Ian has been working on policy, as well as legal and technical aspects of carbon management in the context of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recove... More
Faculty & Staff

Durrenberger, Cyril

Cyril Durrenberger is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and a Research Fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests lie in issues relate... More
Courses

Earth, Wind, And Fire (GEO 302E)

Geologic phenomena that affect everyday life, including global warming, earthquakes, volcanism, desertification, river and coastline flooding and erosion, groundwater, mineral resources, and plate tectonics. More
Research & Initiatives

Energy and Environment Resource Studies

The Bureau of Economic Geology has long been a leader in oil and gas resource studies. We are applying these proven research tools to the development of new hydrologic and geomorphic studies that provide a framework for ... More
Courses

Environmental Economics (PA 693L)

This course seeks to develop student capabilities for analysis and decision-making in the area of environmental economic policy. The course will also provide international perspectives on climate change policies in the U... More
Courses

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (CE 397)

Life cycle analysis (LCA) identifies the “cradle to grave” environmental and sustainability impacts of a product, processes, or policy. This course teaches life cycle methods, including process-based methods, input-o... More
Courses

Environmental Sustainability (GRG 396T)

What is sustainability science? How does sustainability relate to intergenerational equity, climate change, economic development, and the global commons? We will approach these topics through the lens of the most current... More
Research & Initiatives

Environmental Trace Contaminants

The goal of the CER’s research effort is to assess the long‐term safety, sustainability, and ecological impacts of applying Class B biosolids to the Hornsby Bend facility site. Most of the existing biosolids research... More
Research & Initiatives

Export Growth, Energy Costs, and Sustainable Supply Chains

The research examines sustainable supply chains in North America and the role played by rail intermodal operations in lowering ten-mile fuel and emission costs. It examines whether current systems favor imports over expo... More
Research & Initiatives

Frio Brine: Field Experiment for CO2 Sequestration

From October 4–14, 2004 the Frio Brine Pilot team injected 1,600 tons of CO2 1,500m below surface into a high permeability brine-bearing sandstone of the Frio Formation beneath the Gulf Coast of Texas, USA. The project... More
Research & Initiatives

Geological CO2 Storage and Natural CO2 Reservoirs

Geological CO2 storage is currently the only option to mitigate anthropogenic CO2 emissions from continued use of fossil fuels. Secure geologic storage of CO2 requires an understanding of the long-term evolution of CO2 i... More
Courses

Global Environmental Change (BIO 359; BIO 386)

Global change as it affects terrestrial ecosystems, including feedback between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases and global warming, ozone, biological invasions, and land-use change. Prerequisite: Biology 3... More
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Global Environmental Governance (PA 188G)

This three-credit class will provide an introduction to the policies, statutes, regulations, agency orders, and legal cases addressing the many aspects of energy use. We will briefly explore controls imposed on the extra... More
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Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (CHE 384; CHE 379)

"This course will be structured around GHGT-10, the 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. Attendance will be required at the Conference to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from Septe... More
Centers & Institutes

Gulf Coast Carbon Center

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center seeks to apply its technical and educational resources to implement geologic storage of anthropogenic carbon dioxide on an aggressive time scale with a focus in a region where large-scale red... More
Faculty & Staff

Hesse, Marc

Flow and transport in porous media, reactive flow, multi-phase flow, geomechanics, mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, geological CO2 storage, magma dynamics. More
Faculty & Staff

Hovorka, Susan

Dr. Susan Hovorka is interested in the application of geological techniques to environmental problems, particularly focusing on the issue of permeability in both tight and very transmissive systems. This interest has lea... More
Research & Initiatives

Hybrid Distribution Trucks: Costs and Benefits

This study will explore the growing interest from federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) failing to meet air quality standards, and mechanical engineering r... More
Research & Initiatives

Improving Estimates of Ancient Atmospheric CO2 Concentration

The goal of this project is to calibrate the paleosol carbonate CO2 barometer for Vertisols in order to improve estimates of the concentration of CO2 in Earth’s ancient atmosphere. If the value(s) determined for the so... More
Centers & Institutes

Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES)

The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) is an organized research unit created to foster the development of interdisciplinary programs in computational sciences and engineering (CSE), mathematical ... More
Courses

Integrating Energy Options and Policies for the 21st Century (PA 680)

This PRP will examine policies that are encouraging or discouraging the increased use of nuclear energy and natural gas, then focus on factors that are inhibiting development of members of the group of less recognized en... More
Faculty & Staff

King, Carey

Dr. Carey King studies energy systems, how they work together, how they impact the environment, and how and why humans as a society consume energy resources. He specializes in dynamic systems modeling and nonlinear optim... More
Centers & Institutes

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Decades ago, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson recognized that ou... More
Courses

Land Atmosphere Interaction Dynamics (GEO 391)

Basics of terrestrial surface energy, water and carbon balances. Micrometeorology and atmospheric boundary layer. Ecohydrology, biometeorology, hydrometeorology, and hydroclimatology. Theory, modeling, and observations. ... More
Research & Initiatives

Latin American Forum on Energy & the Environment

The Latin American Forum on Energy & the Environment is a unique program that addresses a critical need to bring together government and industry decision makers, scholars and scientists, to foster dialogue around energy... More
Research & Initiatives

Materials for Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

New electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries are essential for reducing greenhouse gases and enhanced utilization of renewable energy sources. We are trying to identify new materials and nano-structures for use as e... More
Faculty & Staff

McDonald-Buller, Elena

Dr. Elena McDonald-Buller is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She currently oversees a research group at the ... More
Faculty & Staff

Meckel, Timothy A.

Dr. Meckel's research interests include stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. He has been involved with several large field projects studying carbon sequestration in geological formations in order to reduce gr... More
Faculty & Staff

Murphy, Cynthia

Cynthia Folsom Murphy is a Research Associate for the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests lie in the area of environmental and economic asse... More
Research & Initiatives

Native Turfgrass Project

Using a grant from Wal-Mart, the Lady Bird Wildflower Center is in year two of an effort to develop a multi-species turf grass that conserves water, is disease resistant and stands up to foot traffic, while creating the ... More
Faculty & Staff

Nicot, Jean-Philippe

Dr. Nicot's research interests include numerical modeling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones; geochemical modeling and reactive transport; water resources management;... More
Faculty & Staff

Olson, Hilary

Hilary is a stratigrapher who integrates biostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental data (foraminifera) with core and seismic data. Her regional experience includes the Gulf of Mexico, Faeroe Basin, San Joaquin Valley (CA),... More
Faculty & Staff

Paine, Jeffrey

Jeff is the coordinator of near-surface geophysics projects at the Bureau. His principal research interest, geophysical applications in the shallow subsurface, combines an academic background in geophysics and extensive ... More
Courses

Public Transportation Engineering (CE 392M)

Topics to be discussed are demand estimation, route design, basic vehicle scheduling relationships, driver scheduling, networks, rail transit, propulsion systems, and para-transit concepts. More
Research & Initiatives

Reducing the Evironmental Impact of Concrete Production

The purpose of this research is to explore methods of reducing the environmental impact of concrete production while maintaining or improving current performance standards. This is being achieved through the synthesis of... More
Courses

Research in Climate Change Science (GEO 394)

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Research in Climate Dynamics (GEO 394)

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Research in Climate Physics (GEO 394)

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Research in Geoclimatology (GEO 394)

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Faculty & Staff

Rochelle, Gary

Control of air pollution by acid gases, carbon dioxide, and air toxics, CO2 capture, flue gas desulfurization, acid gas treating, CO2 mass transfer with chemical reaction, electrolyte thermodynamics, reaction kinetics in... More
Faculty & Staff

Romanak, Katherine Duncker

Dr. Romanak's research interests include geochemistry and isotope systematics of carbon cycling in the vadose zone and in freshwater aquifers; soil-gas monitoring and surface gas flux measurements at CO2 sequestration si... More
Research & Initiatives

SACROC Historic Oil Field

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center has been conducting a major research project in the Scurry Area Canyon Reef Operators (SACROC) oilfield near the eastern edge of the Permian Basin in Scurry County, Texas. Since 1972 over 175... More
Research & Initiatives

SECARB Stacked Storage Test

The Bureau of Economic Geology Gulf Coast Carbon Center is currently conducting a $34 million multi-year field study of sequestration and monitoring strategies for long-term storage of carbon dioxide. The site for the pr... More
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Sequestration of Greenhouse Gases in Brine Formations

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by injecting unwanted gases into unused deep-brine-bearing aquifers is an attractive option because large-volume sinks underlie many carbon dioxide sources. In this study, funded by DOE/... More
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Sequestration of Greenhouse Gases in Brine Formations

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by injecting unwanted gases into unused deep-brine-bearing aquifers is an attractive option because large-volume sinks underlie many carbon dioxide sources. In this study, funded by DOE/... More
Research & Initiatives

Smart Building Initiative

Tools are now available that offer real-time data for people who want to learn how their personal choices impact energy consumption at the room level. In a year-long project, the Smart Building Initiative marries this te... More
Faculty & Staff

Smyth, Rebecca

Rebecca Smyth research interests include studies related to geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide; hydrogeologic assessment of sites impacted by petroleum exploration and production activities; LIDAR (Light Detection ... More
Research & Initiatives

STORE (Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education) Alliance

The overall mission of our Alliance for Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education (STORE) is to promote better understanding of CO2 sequestration science and engineering technology. Our efforts are helping... More
Research & Initiatives

Sustainable Sites Initiative

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic ... More
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The Design and Estimation of a Household Vehicle Evolution and Composition Model for Assessing the Impact of Transportation Policies on Global Climate Change and Air Quality

This study focuses on the design and development of a comprehensive vehicle fleet composition, utilization, and evolution simulator that can be used to forecast household vehicle ownership and mileage by type of vehicle ... More
Research & Initiatives

The Economics of Climate Engineering

This work addresses possible responses to climate change. More
Faculty & Staff

Trevino, Ramon

Ramon Trevino's research interests include carbon storage and sequestration; and sequence stratigraphic interpretation and reservoir characterization. More
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Using Real Time Traveler Demand Data To Optimize Commuter Rail Feeder Systems

Commuter rail systems, operating on unused or under-used railroad rights-of-way are being introduced into many urban transportation systems. Since locations of available rail rights-of-way were typically chosen long ago ... More
Faculty & Staff

Webber, Michael

Michael Webber's research interests include energy systems analysis, renewable and alternative energy, energy policy, the nexus of energy, food and water, algae biofuels, and energy in Texas. Michael is one of the origin... More
Faculty & Staff

Wheeler, Mary

Dr. Wheeler has been on the faculty since 1995. She is the Director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling. She has published over 200 technical reports and refereed journal publications, made over 400 oral presentations ... More
Faculty & Staff

Yang, Changbing

Dr. Yang's research interests include numerical modeling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones; geochemical modeling and reactive transport; inverse modeling of non-isot... More