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Methane Hydrate R&D Program Newsletter

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The methane hydrate newsletter, Fire in the Ice, is a quarterly publication highlighting the latest developments in international gas hydrates R&D.; Fire in the Ice promotes the exchange of information amoung those involved in gas hydrates research and development, and also recognizes the efforts of a hydrate researcher in each issue. The newsletter now reaches nearly 1300 scientists and other interested individuals in sixteen countries.

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Featured Stories
Vol. 12 Iss. 2
Pressure Core Sampling in the Eastern Nankai Trough Koji Yamamoto, Norihito Inada, Satoshi Kubo, Tetsuya Fujii, Kiyofumi Suzuki (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)); Yoshihiro Konno (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)); Shipboard Scientists for the Methane Hydrate Offshore Production Test
Pressure Core Characterization Tools to Enhance Gas Hydrate Field Programs The PCCT Development Team
3D Seismic Imaging of Hydrate Occurrences over Large Gas Chimneys in the SW Barents Sea Stefan Bünz, Sunil Vadakkepuliyambatta, Jürgen Mienert (Department of Geology, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway); Frode N. Eriksen (P-Cable 3D Seismic AS, Oslo, Norway); Sverre Planke (Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research AS, Oslo, Norway)
Beaufort Sea Cruise Examines Geohazards and Geologic Processes Near the Continental Shelf Edge Scott Dallimore (Geological Survey of Canada); Charles Paull (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute); Humfrey Melling (Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
DOE's FY2012 Gas Hydrate Program Continues Focus on Resource and Environmental Issues
Vol. 12 Iss. 1
Ignik Sikumi Gas Hydrate Field Trial Completed Ignik Sikumi Gas Hydrate Exchange Trial Project Team
Ocean Warming and Methane Hydrates in the Arctic Ocean Ame Biastoch, Tina Treude, Lars H. Rupke (GEOMAR)
Methane Dynamics Associated with Long-Term Climate Change on the Alaskan Beaufort Sea Inner Shelf C. Ruppel, L. Brothers, P. Hart (USGS); C. Maue (Stanford University); J. Kessler (Texas A&M University)
Geohazards Associated with Naturally-occurring Gas Hydrate Ray Boswell (USDOE); Tim Collett (USGS); Scott Dallimore (Natural Resources - Canada); Matthew Frye (USBOEM)
Overview of the Inter-laboratory Comparison of Wave Velocity Measurements in Sand with Gas Hydrate and other Pore-filling Material W.F. Waite (USGS), et. al.


Featured Stories
Vol. 11 Iss. 2
Global Resource Potential of Gas Hydrate – A New Calculation Arthur H. Johnson (Hydrate Energy International)
Detecting Hydrates with Patchy BSR: Krishna-Godavari Basin, India Priyank Jaiswal (Oklahoma State University)
Electrical Properties of Methane Hydrate+Sediment Mixtures Wyatt L. DuFrane, Jeffery J. Roberts (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Laura A. Stern (USGS), Karen Weitemeyer, Steven Constable (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Newfoundland and Labrador Gas Hydrates Research Program – A Step in the Right Direction Julie Halliday (C-CORE and Memorial University)
Gas Hydrate R&D; in China: Next Stages Shengxiong Yang (Chinese Geological Survey)
Vol. 11 Iss. 1
Innovative Gas Hydrate Test Well Successfully Installed on the Alaska North Slope David Schoderbek (ConocoPhillips) and Ray Boswell (National Energy Technology Laboratory)
2nd Ulleung Basin Gas Hydrate Expedition (UBGH2): Findings and Implications Sung-Rock Lee, Gas Hydrate R/D Organization (GHDO) & UBGH2 Science Party (Chief scientist: B.J. Ryu, KIGAM)
Sedimentological Control on Saturation Distribution in Arctic Gas-Hydrate Bearing Sands Javad Behseresht and Steven Bryant (University of Texas at Austin)
New Global Gas Hydrate Drilling Map Based on Reservoir Type C. Ruppel, T. Collett, T. Lorenson, B. Buczkowski, and W. Waite (USGS), R. Boswell (NETL)
USGS Gas Hydrates Project Convenes DOE Workshop on Climate-Gas Hydrates Interaction Carolyn Ruppel (U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA)


Featured Stories
Vol. 10 Iss. 3
Gas Hydrates in New Zealand Ingo A. Pecher (GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand & Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK) and the GHR Working Group
Environmental Impact Assessment Study on Japan’s Methane Hydrate Program Sadao Nagakubo, Nao Arata, Itsuka Yabe, Hideo Kobayashi, and Koji Yamamoto
Modeling Thermal Disturbance of Gas Hydrate Suntichai Silpngarmlert, ConocoPhillips
Rock Physics Modeling in Green Canyon 955 Zijian Zhang and Dan McConnell, AOA Geophysics
Identifying Slope Failure Deposits Joel E. Johnson (University of New Hampshire), Daniel R. Solway (University of New Hampshire), Corinne Disenhof (University of New Hampshire), Marta E. Torres (Oregon State University), Wei-Li Hong (Oregon State University), and Kelly Rose (DOE-NETL)
Vol. 10 Iss. 2
Geohazards of In Situ Gas Hydrates Jonny Rutqvist, George Moridis (LBNL)
Behavior of Methane Released in the Deep Ocean David Valentine (University of California - Santa Barbara
Core-Scale Heterogeneity YongKoo Seol, Evgeniy Myshakin (NETL), Timothy Kneafsey (LBNL)
Gas Volume Ratios Ray Boswell (NETL), Tim Collett, Carolyn Ruppel (USGS), Brian Anderson (NETL/WVU)
The Role of Methane Hydrates in the Earth System David Archer (University of Chicago)
Vol. 10 Iss. 1
MITAS 2009 Expedition Richard Coffin (NRL), Kelly Rose (NETL-DOE), Jens Greinert (NIOZ), Warren Wood (NRL-Stennis), and the Shipboard Science Party
Qilian Mountain Permafrost LU Zhengquan, ZHU Youhai, ZHANG Yongqin (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences), WEN Huaijun, LI Yonghong, JIA Zhiyao (Qinghai No. 105 Coal Geological Exploration Team), LIU Changling (China Geological Survey), WANG Pingkang (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences), and LI Qinghai (Qinghai No. 105 CoalGeological Exploration Team)
Global Climate and the Response of Oceanic Hydrate Accumulation Matthew T. Reagan and George J. Moridis, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Scott M. Elliott, Mathew Maltrud, Philip W. Jones, COSIM (Climate Ocean Sea Ice Modeling), Los Alamos National Laboratory
Tests of New Marine EM Survey Methods Karen Weitemeyer and Steven Constable, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Korean Expedition UBGH2 Gas Hydrate R&D; Organization, Korea
CO2-CH4 Exchange in Natural Gas Hydrate Reservoirs: Potential and Challenges Helen Farrell (ConocoPhillips), Ray Boswell (NETL-DOE), James Howard (ConocoPhillips), and Richard Baker (NETL-DOE)


Featured Stories
Vol. 9 Iss. 4
Japan's R&D; Program (Yoshihiro Masuda, Koji Yamamoto, shimada Tadaaki, Takao Ebinuma, and Sadao Nagakubo)
Hydrate in Nature (Ruben Juanes and Steven L. Bryant)
HYFLUX Sea-Truth Expedition (Ian R. MacDonald)
Sub-sampling for Gas Hydrates (Joo-Yong Lee, Peter Schultheiss, Matthew Druce, and Jaehyung Lee)
Gas Production Geomechanical Implications (J. Carlos Santamarina and Jaewon Jang)
Vol. 9 Iss. 3
Joint Industry Project Leg II Discovers Rich Gas Hydrate Accumulations in Sand Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico (Ray Boswell, Tim Collett, Dan McConnell, Matt Frye, Bill Shedd, Stefan Mrozewski, Gilles Guerin, Ann Cook, Paul Godfriaux, Rebecca Dufrene, Rana Roy, and Emrys Jones)
Permafrost Gas Hydrates and Climate Change: Lake-Based Seep Studies on the Alaskan North Slope (M. J. Wooller (UAF), C. Ruppel (USGS), J.W. Pohlman (USGS), M.B. Leigh (UAF), M. Heintz (UCSB) and K. Walter Anthony (UAF))
Potential Occurrence of Gas Hydrates Offshore Mexico (Francisco J. Rocha-Legorreta, Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo)
The Identification of Sites for Extended-term Gas Hydrate Reservoir Testing on the Alaska North Slope (Tim Collett, US Geological Survey; Ray Boswell, US DOE)
Naval Research Laboratory Contribution to Global Methane Hydrate Research (Richard Coffin (NRL, Marine Biogeochemistry Section Lead– Washington, D.C.) and Warren Wood (NRL, Geology/Geophysics Section Lead – Stennis, MS))
Vol. 9 Iss. 2
2009 Gulf of Mexico Hydrate Logging and Drilling Expedition
Molecular Level Modeling in Gas Hydrate Studies (Brian Anderson and Kenneth Jordon)
Methane Fluxes and Gas Hydrates in the Sea of Okhotsu (Anatoly Obzhirov)
The Methane Hydrate Fellowship
Hydrate Researchers: The Next Generation
Vol. 9 Iss. 1
Assessment of Technically Recoverable Hydrate on North Slope Alaska (U.S. Geological Survey National Oil and Gas Assessment Team)
Imaging GOM Hydrate using EM Methods (Karen Weitemeyer, Steven Constable, and the SIO Marine EM Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Interpreting Upward Methane Flux from Pore Water Profiles (Gerald R. Dickens and Glen T. Snyder)
Occurrence and Variety in Seismic Expression of the Base of Gas Hydrate Stability in the Gulf of Mexico, USA (Bill Shedd, Paul Godfriaux, Matt Frye, Ray Boswell, Debbie Hutchinson)
Gas Hydrate Investigation in Taiwan (Yunshuen Wang, Char-Shine Liu, and the Taiwan gas hydrate research team)
Analysis Provides Look at Korean Cores (K.P. Park, J.J. Bahk, M. Holland, T.S. Yun, P.J. Schultheiss, and C. Santamarina)


Featured Stories
Vol. 8 Iss. 4
Hydrate Production through CO2-CH4 Exchange (ConocoPhillips – University of Bergen Hydrates Team)
Effects of Reservoir Heterogeneity on Productivity (Brian J. Anderson and participants in the International Methane Hydrate Code Comparison Project)
Accretionary Margin Frontal Ridge Slope Failures and Cold Seep Biochemistry (The 2008-007-PGC onboard science team)
Paleo Hydrates Role in Deepwater Biogenic Gas Reservoirs (Nishikanta Kundu, Nabarun Pal, Neeraj Sinha, I. L. Budhiraja)
Vol. 8 Iss. 3
Update on results of the Spring 2008 Mallik well test in Canada (Koji Yamamoto and Scott Dallimore
Relationship between pore fluid profiles and methane flux (Miriam Kastner, Marta Torres, Evan Solomon, and Arthur J. Spivack)
Current perspectives on methane release from hydrates during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (Gerald R. Dickens)
Update on seismic-scale rock physics of methane hydrates (Jack Dvorkin)
Vol. 8 Iss. 2
MMS Releases Preliminary Results of Gulf of Mexico In-Place Natural Gas Hydrate Assessment (M.Frye, et al.)
Korean National Program Expedition Confirms Rich Gas Hydrate Deposits in the Ulleung Basin, East Sea (Keun-Pil Park, et al.)
Analysis of Pressure Test Data from the "Mount Elbert" Gas Hydrate Well (Int'l. Gas Hydrate Code Comparison Group)
Formation and Dissociation of Methane Hydrates in the Marine Environment (S.Garg and J.Pritchett)
Vol. 8 Iss. 1
Safe Drilling in Gas-Hydrate Prone Sediments: Findings from the 2005 Drilling Campaign of the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates Joint Industry Project (JIP) (R.Birchwood, et al.)
Climate Change and the Global Carbon Cycle: Perspectives and Opportunities (C. Ruppel and J.Pohlman)
Unique Tools Sample Sediment Pore Water near Seafloor Hydrate Mounds in the Gulf of Mexico (L.Lapham, et al.)
Comparison of drilling results to pre-drill estimates of gas hydrate occurrence: "Mount Elbert" test site, Alaska North Slope (T.Inks, et al.)


Featured Stories
Vol. 7 Iss. 3
New Simulations of the Production Potential of Marine Gas Hydrates (G.Moridis and M.Reagan)
Repeated Episodes of Methane Flux from Bering Sea Sediments During the Last Glacial Period (M.Cook and L.Keigwin)
Successful and Surprising Results for China's First Gas Hydrate Drilling Expedition (H.Zhang, et al.)
Gas Hydrates Observatories (GHOBS) Workshop Report (M.Torres, et al.)
Early Results from Korean Gas Hydrate Research Effort Are Encouraging
Fresh Water Hydrates from Lake Baikal (P.Schultheiss and M.Holland)
Vol. 7 Iss. 2
China's First Gas Hydrate Expedition Successful (H.Zhang, et al.)
Characterization and Quantification of the Methane Hydrate Resource Potential Associated with the Barrow Gas Fields (T.Walsh and P.Stokes)
Community Update on the 2006-2008 JOGMEC/NRCan/Aurora Mallik Gas Hydrate Production Research Program, Northwest Territories, Canada (S.Dallimore)
Seismic Detection of Natural Gas Hydrate in the Deepwater of Northern Gulf of Mexico (N.Dutta and J.Dai)
Exploration Priorities for Marine Gas Hydrate Resources (R.Boswell, et al.)
Vol. 7 Iss. 1
Alaska North Slope Well Successfully Cores, Logs, and Tests Gas-Hydrate-Bearing Reservoirs (Mt.Elbert Science Team)
International Methane Hydrate Code Comparison Project Simulates Relevant Problems (Gas Hydrate Simulator Comparison Team)
New Sensing Technology at Oak Ridge National Lab Expands Capabilities for Meso-Scale Hydrate Research (M.Elwood Madden)
HYACINTH Pressure Cores from India: Analysis and Subsampling Reveals Detailed Methane Hydrate Structures (P.Schultheiss, et al.)


Featured Stories
Vol. 6 Iss. 3
International Team Completes Landmark Gas Hydrate Expedition in the Offshore of India (T.Collett, et al.)
The Gas Hydrates Resource Pyramid (R.Boswell and T.Collett)
Gas Hydrate Potential of the Mid Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (W.Shedd and D.Hutchinson)
Possible Deep-Water Gas Hydrate Accumulations in the Bering Sea (G.Barth, et al.)
Alaminos Canyon Block 818: A Documented Example of Gas Hydrate Saturated Sand in the Gulf of Mexico (S.Smith, et al.)
Vol. 6 Iss. 2
DOE Announces New Fellowship Program Dedicated to Methane Hydrate Research
Strengthening Science Through Hydrate Research
Vol. 6 Iss. 1
Methanogenesis in Hydrate-Bearing Sediments: Integration of Experimental and Theoretical Approaches (F.Colwell and W.Ussler)
Geomechanical Implications of Thermal Stresses on Hydrate-Bearing Sediments (G.Moridis and M.Kowalsky)
Heriot-Watt University's Centre for Gas Hydrate Research Reflects Growing Interest in Hydrates (B.Tohidi)


Featured Stories
Vol. 5 Iss. 4
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 311 - Cascadia Margin Gas Hydrates (IODP Expedition 311 Scientific Party)
Using Acoustic Inversion to Image Buried Gas Hydrate Distribution (D.McConnell and Z.Zhang)
Physical Property Studies in the USGS GHASTLI Laboratory (W.Winters, et al.)
Measuring Gas Hydrate Dynamics in Sediments At In Situ Conditions (D.Mahajan, et al.)
Vol. 5 Iss. 3
Changing Perspectives on the Resource Potential of Methane Hydrates (R.Boswell, et al.)
An International Effort to Compare Methane Hydrate Reservoir Simulators (Methane Hydrate Simulator Comparison Team)
Joint Industry Project (JIP) Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrate Coring Update (G.Claypool)
Vol. 5 Iss. 2
Marine Multi-Component Seismology in Gas Hydrate Investigations on the Norwegian Margin (S.Bunz, et al.)
Discovery of Possible Gas Hydrate Features Offshore Norway (M.Hovland)
Mississippi Canyon Block 118 Seafloor-Monitoring Station Update (C.Lutken)
Vol. 5 Iss. 1
Understanding Methane Hydrate Behavior Using X-ray Computed Tomography (T.Kneafsey, et al.)
Quantitative Assessment of Marine Gas Hydrates Underway at MMS (P.Ray)
New Method May Hold Promise for Gas Hydrate Production and Carbon Sequestration (P.McGrail, et al.)


Featured Stories
Vol. 4 Iss. 4
AAPG Hedberg Research Conference on Gas Hydrates (T.Collett)
Oak Ridge Facilities Well Suited for both Education and Collaborative Research (T.Phelps and C.Rawn)
Relic Gas Hydrates of Northwestern Siberia (V.Yakushev)
Vol. 4 Iss. 3
Remote Observatory to Provide Detailed Data on Near-Sea-Floor Fluid Dynamics (C.Lutken and T.McGee)
USGS Laboratory Studies Shed Light on Hydrate Decomposition Behavior under Possible Gas Production Scenarios (S.Kirby, et al.)
Large-Volume, High-Pressure View Cell Helps Fill Gaps in Understanding of Methane Hydrate Behavior (C.Taylor)
Vol. 4 Iss. 2
Characterization of Alaska North Slope Gas Hydrate Resource Potential (R.Hunter)
Gas Hydrates in Detail (A.Reed, et al.)
Evidence of Natural Gas Hydrates Observed in Korea's East Sea (Jeong-Hwan Lee)
Vol. 4 Iss. 1
Mallik Results Presented in Chiba, Japan (T.Mroz)
Hydrate Decomposition Under Scrutiny (S.Kirby, et al.)
GHOSTS, MOSQUITOs, and Peepers Return to the Gulf of Mexico


Featured Stories
Vol. 3 Iss. 4
You See Ice-We See Gas Hydrates (B.Freifeld)
USGS Scientists Use Collected Seismic Data to Select Drilling Sites for 2004 (P.Hart, et al.)
Denver Hydrate Meetings Showcase Hydrate Research Accomplishments
Vol. 3 Iss. 3
International Science Team Studies Hydrates Off The Coast of Chile
New Tools Advance Scientific Studies of Natural Gas Hydrates (P.McGrail and P.Long)
National Research Council Reviews the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Program
US DOT Approves Pressure Vessels for Transportation of Pressurized Hydrate Core
Vol. 3 Iss. 2
Hot Ice #1: First Dedicated Hydrate Research Well In Alaska
Worldwide Search for Affordable Gas (T.Collett)
Natural Gas Hydrates in Canada: An Economically Attractive Energy Alternative? (K.Osadetz)
Methane Hydrate Research in Japan (T.Yonezawa)
Atwater Valley and Keathley Canyon, Gulf of Mexico: Sites for Further Studies
Vol. 3 Iss. 1
GHOSTS and MOSQUITOs in the Gulf of Mexico
Highlighting Hydrate Heterogeneities in the Gulf of Mexico


Featured Stories
Vol. 2 Iss. 3
R/V JOIDES Resolution Docks With a Payload of Hydrate Samples
Multinational Team Recovers Sub-Bottom Gulf-of-Mexico Hydrate Cores
Gulf of Mexico Hydrate Research Consortium Cruise Locates New Hydrate Site, Tests Pore-Water Sampler and Recovers Seafloor Probe
Twenty Days Studying Life in Extreme Environments
Alvin Explores the Juan de Fuca Seafloor
German Researchers Study Hydrate Ridge Aboard the R/V Sonne
First Dedicated Hydrate Well in Alaska Scheduled for Early 2003
Vol. 2 Iss. 2
Interagency Group "Zooms In" on Methane Hydrate Pore Structures
Monitoring Station for Deep-Water Methane Hydrates Coming Soon
ChevronTexaco Makes Gulf Exploration Safer
First Methane Hydrates Interagency R&D; Conference
Vol. 2 Iss. 1
Giant Piston Coring Effort Gets Under Way in Gulf of Mexico-Summer 2002
USGS Leads United States Effort in Mallik Well
Deep East Voyage of Discovery-Gas Hydrates on the Blake Ridge


Featured Stories
Vol. 1 Iss. 1
SCNG Begins Fiscal Year 2002 with Significant New Hydrate Research and Development Projects
Industry Takes Lead in Methane Hydrate Research
National Labs Unlocking the Energy in Methane Hydrate
SCNGO Launches National Methane Hydrate R&D; Website
Hydrate Cores Recovered with the Hydrate Drill Johnson Sea Link Cruise, July 3-18, 2001