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Carbon Storage: caught between a rock and climate change

Professor Herbert Huppert will explore one option that can potentially halt the rise in CO2 - carbon storage.

Bakerian Prize Lecture by Professor Herbert Huppert FRS
Institute of Theoretical Geophysics at the University of Cambridge

Since the formation of the Earth, the global mean surface temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane content of the atmosphere have varied considerably. But over the past 150 years there have been dramatic increases in all three values. Professor Herbert Huppert, the Director of the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics at the University of Cambridge, will explore this rise and its probable significance, as well as one option that can potentially halt the rise in CO2 - carbon storage.

This technology may combat the rise in greenhouse gases by storing CO2 in vast porous geological formations. For the last fifteen years there has been considerable effort devoted to storing, or sequestering, some of the millions of tons of CO2 resulting from the burning of fossil fuels which otherwise would have been emitted into the atmosphere. The first project, the Sleipner gas field off Norway’s coast, has successfully stored approximately 15 million tons of CO2 since 1996. This lecture will explore some of the physical, chemical and fluid dynamical processes in the storage of CO2, as well as evaluate the risk of leakage back into the atmosphere.

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The Bakerian Lecture is the Society's premier lecture in the physical sciences. It originated in 1775 through a bequest by Mr Henry Baker FRS, of £100 for an oration or discourse which was to be spoken or read yearly by one of the Fellows of the Society 'on such part of natural history or experimental philosophy, at such time and in such manner as the President and Council of the Society for the time being shall please to order and appoint'.


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Date and Time:

24 March 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



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