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The new Stanford Natural Gas Initiative examines the dynamic, multifaceted questions raised by the tremendous growth in natural gas production by focusing the efforts of Stanford’s faculty, researchers, and students in six key areas: Resource Development, Environmental Impacts and  Climate Change, Uses of Natural Gas, Global Markets and Finance, Policy and Regulatory Reform, and Geopolitical Impacts.

“If developed in an environmentally sustainable manner, globally abundant natural gas resources will enable large-scale fuel switching for electrical power generation. This will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in many countries, while enhancing energy security and economic growth.  In this context, natural gas can play a critically important role as a transition fuel on the path to a decarbonized energy future.”

—Mark Zoback, Director, Stanford Natural Gas Initiative


2016 was a great year for the Natural Gas Initiative, from new research to several  successful events, we have achieved a great deal. Below we highlight some of NGI's accomplishments during the last few months.

Check out this 2-minute video on Modeling of Gas Hydrates, created by PhD students Laura Dafov and Zachary Burton, from the Stanford Basin and Petroleum System Modeling Program. The video was submitted to the 2017 Global Energy Forum contest. The competition is open to all current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs. To participate, individuals or teams of two students submit a short video highlighting their energy-related research.


A new study finds that just a few natural gas wells account for more than half of the total volume of leaked methane gas in the United States. Fixing leaks at those top emitters could significantly reduce leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.