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Natural Gas Hydrate Systems
Gordon Research Conference

The Symbiotic World of Gas Hydrate Laboratory, Modeling, and Field Research to Assess the Role of Gas Hydrates as an Energy Resource, Geohazard, and as an Agent of Climate Change


February 25 - March 2, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Carolyn A. Koh

Vice Chair:
Timothy S. Collett

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 28, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2018 Natural Gas Hydrate Systems Gordon Research Conference will aim to link the latest advances on our understanding of gas hydrate science at the most fundamental level to the current research issues of scientific, economic and societal relevance. Advanced understanding of the role of gas hydrates as an energy resource, geohazard, and as an agent for climate change requires close integration between researchers working on the latest state-of-the-art in hydrate laboratory measurements, molecular-to-geophysical scale modeling, and field exploration and observatories. Key to this advancement is to explore the overlapping relationships between hydrate related scientific and technical challenges in the different hydrate application areas. Specifically, fundamental science challenges are advancing in the areas of: methane hydrate resource assessment and the global carbon cycle, methane carbon flux in the marine environment, the methane hydrate reservoir responses to natural and anthropogenic perturbations, methane hydrate production technologies and production rates and the effect of reservoir parameters both onshore and in marine systems, and the role of methane hydrates as a geohazard, both operational and due to naturally occurring processes, with associated potential consequences to the environment, and also the technological development of hydrates for storage, transportation, sequestration, and separation. The 2018 GRC will focus on an integrated and symbiotic approach to gas hydrate fundamental research and technological development, encompassing global field programs in the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Eastern and Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, and South China Sea, where next generation tools are being implemented and developed for gas hydrate characterization, detection and monitoring, multi-scale modeling from the microstructure to reservoir scales, and system assessments.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Natural Gas Hydrate Systems" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Integrating Laboratory, Modeling and Field Studies
  • Defining Gas Hydrate Systems in the Laboratory and Through Modeling
  • Gas Hydrate Systems in the Field
  • Contributions of Laboratory and Modeling Studies on Our Understanding of Hydrate Related Geohazard and Climate Issues
  • Field Characterization of Hydrate Related Geohazard and Climate Concerns
  • Gas Hydrate Technology Developments in the Laboratory and for Modeling
  • Gas Hydrate Detection and Evaluation in the Field
  • Fundamental Studies of the Nature of Hydrate Deposits
  • Gas Hydrate Energy Research in Nature
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