Science of Carbon Storage in Deep Saline Formations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128127520

Science of Carbon Storage in Deep Saline Formations

1st Edition

Process Coupling across Time and Spatial Scales

Authors: Pania Newell Anastasia Ilgen
Paperback ISBN: 9780128127520
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st July 2018
Page Count: 350
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Science of Carbon Storage in Deep Saline Formations: Process Coupling across Time and Spatial Scales summarizes state-of-the-art research, emphasizing how the coupling of physical and chemical processes as subsurface systems re-equilibrate during and after the injection of CO2. In addition, it addresses, in an easy-to-follow way, the lack of knowledge in understanding the coupled processes related to fluid flow, geomechanics and geochemistry over time and spatial scales. The book uniquely highlights process coupling and process interplay across time and spatial scales that are relevant to geological carbon storage.

Key Features

  • Includes the underlying scientific research, as well as the risks associated with geological carbon storage
  • Covers the topic of geological carbon storage from various disciplines, addressing the multi-scale and multi-physics aspects of geological carbon storage
  • Organized by discipline for ease of navigation


Professional geologists, geochemists, geophysicists, and environmental engineers; upper-level graduate students in these fields

Table of Contents

Part I: Individual Physical Processes across Spatial and Time Scales
Geochemical processes at angstrom to km scales 
2. Field observations of geochemical response to CO2 injection at the reservoir scale
3. Experimental studies: alteration of minerals and rocks at the Pressure-Temperature conditions typical for GCS
4. Molecular scale numerical studies relevant to GCS
5. Reactive transport modelling of geological carbon storage

Geohydrology at different scales 
6. Multi-phase flow associated with GCS at the field scale
7. Laboratory studies to understand the controls on the multi-phase flow
8. Numerical modelling of fluid flow during GCS

Geomechanics of CGS: from laboratory to field scales 
9. Field and laboratory studies of geomechanical response to the injection of CO2
10. Numerical geomechanics studies of GCS

Geothermal processes in GCS 
11. Thermal processes during GCS: field observations, laboratory and theoretical studies

Microbiology at different scales 
12. Field observations, experimental studies, and thermodynamic modelling of CO2 effects on microbial populations

Part II: Coupled Processes and Emergent Behaviour
Coupled processes across spatial and time scales and emergent behaviour
13. Hydraulic-chemical coupling associated with injection of CO2 into subsurface
14. Hydraulic-mechanical coupling associated with injection of CO2 into subsurface 
15. Chemical-mechanical coupling associated with injection of CO2 into subsurface
16. Hydrologic, mechanical, thermal, and chemical process coupling triggered by the injection of CO2

Remaining unknowns and future work 
17. Emergent behaviour, upscaling, monitoring, verification, and accounting of CO2 
18. Closing remarks


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About the Author

Pania Newell

Pania Newell is an engineer with solid mechanics background. At Sandia National Laboratories, she has been working on computational modelling of subsurface carbon storage, computational homogenization techniques to link material behaviours at multiple spatial scales. She has also developed a computational framework for investigating caprock integrity at subsurface systems. Additionally, she has been focused on modelling and understanding fracture initiation and propagation in systems relevant to GCS. She has also worked on constitutive modelling of various materials, including geomaterials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, USA

Anastasia Ilgen

Anastasia G. Ilgen is an experimental geochemist, specializing in molecular-level processes at mineral-water interfaces, with emphasis on ion adsorption-desorption rate and mechanisms, chemical controls on mineral growth and dissolution, and surface-mediated redox reactions. At Sandia National Laboratories she has built research programs relevant to the geological carbon storage, chemical-mechanical effects in geosystems, mineral alteration during shale gas extraction, and fundamental research on clay mineral-water interfacial chemistry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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