Entries by Cin-Ty Lee

IRESS 2018 – Hoeink

The Quest for Permeability Tobias Hoeink Baker Hughes, a GE company   The only economical way to extract hydrocarbons from low-permeability shale reservoirs is to increase reservoir contact. Horizontal drilling, multi-stage completion, and hydraulic fracturing have proven key technologies in this respect. Yet, there is more to consider when engineering for optimal recovery on the […]

IRESS 2018 – Torres

The life and times of carbon in surface environments Mark Torres, Rice University The geologic cycling of carbon is multifaceted and key to Earth’s long-term habitability. Central to many aspects of the C cycle is the physical transport of terrestrial materials to the ocean and the biogeochemical transformations that occur during transport. Here, we use […]

IRESS 2018 – Minisini

Carbon Cycling, from Volcanoes to Source Rocks, a sedimentary perspective Daniel Minisini, Shell The deep Earth processes (e.g., tectonism, magmatism, volcanism) control the first order shape of the continental margins, the surface Earth processes (e.g., climate, erosion, sediment supply) reshape them through the redistribution of sediment. The interaction between the deep and the surface Earth […]

IRESS 2018-Reinhard

The importance of nutrients for Earth’s carbon cycle Chris Reinhard, Georgia Institute of Technology The global carbon cycle links together the biosphere, planetary climate, and the chemistry of the oceans and atmosphere. The cycling of carbon at Earth’s surface is in turn governed by feedbacks linking it with the oxygen and sulfur cycles, the cycling […]

IRESS 2018-Madof

Gas hydrates in sandy reservoirs interpreted from velocity pull up: Are Mississippi-fan turbidites diffusively charged? Andrew Madof, Chevron   Gas hydrates are recognized as an emerging energy resource and submarine geohazard; they are also thought to be a modulating mechanism on the global organic carbon budget and on past climate change. Although identified primarily from […]

IRESS2018-Yingcai Zheng

Seismic imaging of fractures in reservoirs Yingcai Zheng, University of Houston Commercial production of unconventional resources has introduced many disruptive changes to the energy industry ranging from business aspects to technologies. As of now, about 2/3 of the U.S. oil production is from shale whereas such production was nearly nonexistent a decade ago. Previously, seismic […]

IRESS 2018 – Marie Edmonds

Volcanic CO2 flux into the atmosphere Marie Edmonds (Cambridge University) Volcanoes are a primary mechanism for the transfer of carbon from the interior of Earth (mantle and crust) to the surface environment. Over Earth history, volcanic outgassing has played a central role in setting the atmospheric concentration of CO2. Quantifying the magnitude of the volcanic […]


Multiphase flow in the subsurface carbon cycle from source to sink Hugh Daigle (University of Texas, Austin) Carbon often moves through the subsurface in fluid phases that are distinct from and immiscible with water. These may include methane generated by microbial activity, oil and gas generated from organic source rocks, or carbon dioxide injected into […]

ESCI 555-Following carbon (Fall 2017)

Instructors Rajdeep Dasgupta, Andre Droxler, Melodie French, Helge Gonnermann, Cin-Ty Lee, Adrian Lenardic, Caroline Masiello, Jeff Nittrouer, Mark Torres, Laurence Yeung tentative list of topics   Deep Earth and planetary carbon – Dasgupta group Deep Earth-atmosphere interactions from mantle dynamics perspective – Lenardic group Tectonism, magmatism and carbon cycling – Lee group Weathering and carbonate […]

IGR: Deep mantle roots and continental emergence: implications for whole-Earth elemental cycling, long-term climate, and the Cambrian explosion

Deep mantle roots and continental emergence: implications for whole-Earth elemental cycling, long-term climate, and the Cambrian explosion Cin-Ty A. Lee, Jeremy Caves, Hehe Jiang, Wenrong Cao, Adrian Lenardic, N. Ryan McKenzie, Oliver Shorttle, Qing-zhu Yin & Blake Dyer International Geology Review 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00206814.2017.1340853 Elevations on Earth are dominantly controlled by crustal buoyancy, primarily through variations […]