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Project Information

Project Information


Future Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Energy Resources Program


Project Scope:


An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a study to consider the overall mission and direction for the research and assessments conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Energy Resources Program (ERP) as the program works to best support meeting the nation’s future energy needs. Informed by background documents provided by the ERP and its own information-gathering activities, the committee will:
Summarize the nation’s geologically based energy resource challenges and how existing or future ERP data, research, and assessments could address them.  The summary will include land, resource management, and regulatory issues and context from national and international energy outlooks.
Discuss how ERP objectives and its science portfolio align with the needs of federal and non-federal consumers of ERP products.  Describe how ERP may improve that alignment.
Provide recommendations on areas where ERP’s research portfolio would, over the next 10-15 years, have high potential to benefit and serve both USGS energy priorities and those of U.S. Government more broadly.

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-BESR-17-02

Project Duration (months): 18 month(s)

RSO: Magsino, Sammantha

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

Topic(s):

Earth Sciences
Energy and Energy Conservation



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 10/06/2017

Rex C. Buchanan - (Chair)
REX C. BUCHANAN is director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), based at the University of Kansas. He joined KGS in 1978 and was interim director from 2010 to 2016. He is the co-author of Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Landmarks and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils, both published by the University Press of Kansas; co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press; and co-editor of Geowriting, published by the American Geological Institute. Mr. Buchanan served as secretary of the Association of American State Geologists, past chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and past president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Association of Earth Science Editors. He chaired the Kansas Task Force on Induced Seismicity from 2013 to 2016. In 2008, Mr. Buchanan was named a GSA fellow and in 2016 received GSA’s Public Service Award. In 2009, he was given the John Strickler award for environmental education from KACEE. He also provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. Mr. Buchanan holds B.A. degrees in biology and history from Kansas Wesleyan University and an M.A. in the history of science and an M.S. in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brian J. Anderson
BRIAN J. ANDERSON is the GE Plastic Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering and director of the Energy Institute at West Virginia University (WVU). His research interests include molecular, reservoir, and multiscale modeling applied to energy and biomedical systems, enhanced geothermal systems, and natural gas hydrates. As director of the WVU Energy Institute, he helps coordinate research among scientists nationwide to advance both conventional and unconventional energy technologies. He was awarded the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. He was the recipient of the 2011 Department of Energy Secretary’s Honor Award for his work in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Anderson has published over 40 articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared in Marine and Petroleum Geology and Geothermics, among others. Dr. Anderson holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from WVU and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), respectively. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT in 2005.
Bridget F. Ayling
BRIDGET F. AYLING is an associate professor at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and is the director of UNR’s Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. Dr. Ayling is a geologist and geochemist with over 10 years of combined experience in the geothermal and unconventional oil and gas sectors. She joined UNR in early 2016 after working at Geoscience Australia, the Australian Government’s geoscience agency, and the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. Dr. Ayling has worked in both conventional and unconventional geothermal settings in Australia and the USA contributing to regional geothermal resource assessments, surface heat-flow measurement, characterization of reservoir fracture mineralogy, geochemical tracer studies, and conducting numerical modeling to understand reservoir fluid flow regimes. Dr. Ayling holds a B.S. with honors in geology and physical geography from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. in paleoclimate and environmental geochemistry from the Australian National University in 2006.
Peter M. Kareiva
PETER M. KAREIVA (NAS) is director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to that, he was chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy, director of the Division of Conservation Biology at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries lab, and a professor of zoology at the University of Washington. Dr. Kareiva’s current research has two major foci: how to meet the needs of people for energy, food, and water without degrading environmental systems, and how to better communicate science to the public and policy makers in a way that is maximally helpful. He cofounded the Natural Capital Project, NatureNet Fellows, and Science for Nature and People. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 articles including a conservation biology textbook. His most recent book, Effective Conservation Science: Data Not Dogma, will be published by Oxford University Press in October 2017. Dr. Kareiva was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He holds a B.A. in zoology from Duke University and an M.S. in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kareiva received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1981.
Robin L. Newmark
ROBIN L. NEWMARK is an associate laboratory director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She leads the unit that develops analytic insights and information that inform energy system policy and investment decision-making, both domestically and internationally. This analysis spans all energy pathways including renewables, conventional, and emerging technologies. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Newmark conducted research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on energy, environment, and national security. She led integrated field, experimental, and modeling imaging programs and developed technologies for chemical plume characterization, monitoring groundwater pumping, and unexploded ordnance detection to facilitate enhanced oil recovery or CO2 injection for sequestration. She coinvented an award-winning suite of environmental remediation technologies and supported their commercialization by private industry resulting in their successful application to clean up and close Superfund sites. More recently, she has led or participated in programs involving energy, climate, and water issues including the interdependence of water and energy systems. She advises such groups as the multi-national laboratory Energy-Water Nexus consortium and the U.S.-China Expert Carbon Capture and Sequestration Steering Committee. Dr. Newmark is author of over 100 papers and reports and was lead author for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. She is a member of the editorial board for Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, a guest editor for Environmental Research Letters, and holds five issued patents. She is a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Center of Integrated Water Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Newmark holds a B.S. in earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.Phil. in geophysics from Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in marine geophysics from Columbia University in 1985.
Jack C. Pashin
JACK C. PASHIN is a professor and Devon Petroleum Chair of Basin Research at the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, which he joined in January 2013. From 1988 through 2012, Dr. Pashin led research programs at the Geological Survey of Alabama including the Energy Investigations Program and served as an associate director of the survey. His principal expertise is in petroleum geology, coal geology, and geological carbon dioxide storage. He has published widely and won several awards for his research including the Gilbert H. Cady Award of the Geological Society of America (GSA), which was given in recognition of career contributions in coalbed methane and geologic carbon storage. Dr. Pashin serves on the editorial boards of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Bulletin and the International Journal of Coal Geology and has held officer positions in the Alabama Geological Society, the Energy Minerals Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Coal Geology Division of the GSA. He is also an elected fellow of the GSA and a Charles Taylor Fellow of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Throughout his career, Dr. Pashin has managed numerous projects on unconventional and conventional natural gas and oil reservoirs and geological carbon sinks. He serves as codirector of the Unconventional Hydrocarbon Cooperative at Oklahoma State, which is a university-industry consortium that includes 26 affiliated scientists. Dr. Pashin holds a B.S. in geology from Bradley University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geology from the University of Kentucky.
J. C. Santamarina
J. CARLOS SANTAMARINA is a professor of earth science and engineering and associate director of the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. His research explores the scientific foundations of soil behavior and subsurface processes using innovative particle- and pore-scale testing methods combined with high resolution process monitoring systems and inversion techniques. His work helps advance the study of phenomena and the development of solutions in energy geotechnology with contributions to resource recovery, energy geo-storage, efficiency and conservation, and energy waste. He was inducted as a corresponding member into Argentina’s National Academy of Natural, Physical, and Exact Sciences in 2003. Dr. Santamarina is widely published with recent pieces appearing in Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, the Journal of Geophysical Research, and Energy Policy. Dr. Santamarina holds a B.S. and M.Sc. in civil engineering from Argentina’s National University of Córdoba and the University of Maryland, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1987.
Bridget R. Scanlon
BRIDGET R. SCANLON (NAE) is a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked at the University of Texas since 1987. Her current research focuses on the interdependence of water and energy, specifically on water quantity aspects. Dr. Scanlon’s group evaluates water use for hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas extraction relative to water use in electricity generation. Their recent work focuses on tight oil plays in semiarid regions where produced water management is a critical issue because of over-pressuring and seismicity. She also works on broader issues related to water resources within the context of climate extremes using ground-based and satellite data. Dr. Scanlon was the Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer in 2007. She serves as an associate editor for Water Resources Research and Environmental Research Letters and has authored or co-authored approximately 130 publications. She was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2016. Dr. Scanlon is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America. She received the M. King Hubbert Award from the National Ground Water Association in 2016. Dr. Scanlon holds a B.S. in geology from Trinity College, Dublin and an M.S. in geology from the University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D. in geology with a focus on hydrogeology from the University of Kentucky in 1985.
Lori L. Summa
LORI L. SUMMA is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in geoscience, basin formation research, and petroleum-systems analysis. She retired as a senior technical consultant with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in 2016. In this position, she advised corporate management on strategic geoscience issues to ensure appropriate research is performed in support of business objectives. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Geosciences at Rice University and a research collaborator at the University of Texas, Jackson School of Geosciences. Her background is in basin analysis and numerical modeling, but she has done much applied research with exploration and drilling. She currently serves as the chair of the Education Committee for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and has led numerous student short courses for the Geological Society of America, for which she received a 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Summa earned a B.S. in geology with honors from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of California, Davis in 1985.
Robert E. Vance
ROBERT E. VANCE is a consultant focusing on global uranium resource inventories, uranium supply and demand issues and prospects for global development of civil nuclear power. He was previously employed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency and the Canadian government as a ministerial advisor on uranium mining policy. At the OECD he worked on projects exploring the needs for increasing nuclear energy generation capacity and the environmental and health impacts of uranium mining. Dr. Vance has also completed reviews assessing energy policy reviews for the European Union, Japan, and Sweden, among others. Prior to his work in nuclear power, Dr. Vance conducted research on the hydrological impacts of post glacial climate change in western Canada. He has authored more than 30 peer reviewed publications and has presented to national and international audiences. Dr. Vance holds a B.S. in forestry and an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Alberta. He received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Simon Fraser University.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

Effective changes as of 6 Oct. 2017:
Removal of Dr. Kyser (passed away)
Removal of Dr. Sweeney (resigned)
Addition of Dr. Vance in replacement of Dr. Kyser

Events



Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

In this closed session the committee working on report writing.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Sammantha Magsino
Contact Email:  smagsino@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3091

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Rex Buchanan
Brian Anderson
Bridget Ayling
Peter Kareiva
Robin Newmark
Jack Pashin
Bridget Scanlon
J. Carlos Santamarina
Lori Summa

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report writing, recommendations, any gaps in the report, going through he review process

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No materials were made available to the committee in the closed session

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 26, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Hyatt House Denver/Lakewood at Belmar
7310 W Alaska Drive
Lakewood CO 80226
Gathering Rooms 1&2
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Remy Chappetta
Contact Email:  rchappetta@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2766

Agenda
Day 1, October 16, 2017
9:00 Doors open

9:15 Welcome, introductions Rex Buchanan, Committee Chair

9:30 USGS/ERP presentations to the committee
National and Global Oil and Gas assessments Stephanie Gaswirth, Research Geologist
Central Energy Resources Science Center

10:00 Coal assessments Brian Shaffer, Project Chief,
U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment Project

10:30 Break

10:45 Unconventional resources: Geothermal and Wind Colin Williams, Science Center Director
Geology, Minerals, Energy, & Geophysics Science Center (participating remotely)

Chris Garrity, Cartographer
National Geologic Map Database (remotely)


11:15 Data Management Greg Gunther, Data Manager
Central Energy Resources Science Center

11:45 Additional Q&A/Discussion (note—questions from committee members will have priority; guests may be able to pose question if time allows)

12:00 Working lunch to be served in room; plenary and small group discussions

1:00 Panel discussion: Non-federal consumers of ERP products
Daniel Schwartz, Black Fox Resources and Vice President of Sections, AAPG
Scott Anderson, Senior Policy Director, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund

1:45 Group discussion

2:45 Final word from USGS/ERP TBD

2:55 Final words of session Rex Buchanan, Committee Chair

3:00 Adjourn Open Session

Day 2, October 17, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 Visit to the USGS Organic Geochemistry Laboratory
(Please note that although this is an open session, participation by the public is limited due to safety reasons. Registration is required and will be closed when we have reached capacity. Please register online here: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3888820/COGGE-Oct-10-Corrosion-of-Buried-Steel)
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Remy Chappetta
Contact Email:  rchappetta@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2766

Agenda
Day 1 – September 5, 2017

OPEN SESSION | ROOM 125
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
WEBEX CONNECTION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

9:00 Doors open

9:15 Welcome, introductions Rex Buchanan, Committee Chair

9:30 USGS/ERP interpretation of study Statement of Task Walter Guidroz, ERP Program Coordinator
Discussion between committee and sponsor

10:30 Break

10:45 USGS/ERP program organization (big picture) Jon Kolak, ERP Associate Program Coordinator
Margo Corum, ERP Associate Program Coordinator
Q&A/Discussion (note—questions from committee members will have priority; guests may be able to pose question if time allows)

11:15 The ERP mission within the broader USGS mission—how is this program unique in the federal government? Murray Hitzman, USGS Associate Director for Energy and Minerals
Q&A

12:00 Working lunch to be served in room; plenary and small group discussions

1:00 Panel discussion: Federal consumers of USGS/ERP products

Doug Hollett, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy
Richard Desselles, Chief, Resource Evaluation Division, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
TBD, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Margaret Coleman, U.S. Energy Information Administration

2:00 Group discussion

3:30 Final word from USGS/ERP TBD

3:55 Final words of session Rex Buchanan, Committee Chair

4:00 Adjourn Open Session
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Rex Buchanan
Brian Anderson
Bridget Ayling
Peter Kareiva
Robin Newmark
Jack Pashin
Bridget Scanlon
J. Carlos Santamarina
Lori Summa

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Meeting objectives, Conflict of Interest/Committee makeup discussion, report organization, information needs and strategies for gathering information

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

No written materials were made available to the committee during closed sessions.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 11, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

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