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Natural Gas Emissions and Leakage

 

Faculty & Researchers

Adam Brandt

Adam Brandt (Focus Area Leader)

Assistant Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Email: abrandt@stanford.edu
Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson (Focus Area Leader)

Professor, Department of Earth System Science
Email: rob.jackson@stanford.edu
Michael Wara

Michael Wara

Senior Research Scholar, Woods Institute
Email: michael.wara@stanford.edu

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2017-18 Courses
(2019-20 Courses will be available in August)


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October 7, 2019 (All day)

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Stanford, CA 94305-2072

October 8, 2019 (All day)

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October 9, 2019 (All day)

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October 10, 2019 (All day)

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Project Topics

The group focuses on building tools to reduce the environmental impacts of energy systems. One focus is on understanding greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from fossil energy systems. Also, we build optimization tools to improve the environmental and economic performance of energy systems. Our approach includes building engineering-based bottom-up life cycle assessment (LCA) models to generate rigorous estimates of environmental impacts from energy extraction and conversion technologies. In optimization areas, we focus on renewable-fossil hybridization and integration.

The Jackson lab examines the different ways that people affect the Earth. Our projects combine basic science and policy solutions to issues such as climate change, energy extraction, and land use. We're currently examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. We recently published the first studies looking at fracking and drinking water quality and used laser technologies to map thousands of natural gas leaks across cities such as Boston, Manhattan, and Washington, D.C.

Related Publications

Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems. Science Brandt A.R., Heath, G.A., Kort, E.A., O'Sullivan, F., Petron, G., Jordaan, S.M., Tans, P., Wilcox, J., Gopstein, A.M., Arent, D., Brown, N.J., Bradley, R., Stucky, G.D., Eardley, D., Harriss, R 02/2014; 343: 733-735. PDF icon 733.full_.pdf
Quantifying atmospheric methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in the Bakken shale region of North Dakota Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres Peischl, J. A. Karion, C. Sweeney, E. A. Kort, M. L. Smith, A.R. Brandt, T. Yeskoo, K.C. Aikin, S.A. Conley, M. Trainer, S. Wolter, and T.B. Ryerson 05/2016; 121: 6101–6111 PDF icon Peischl_et_al-2016-Journal_of_Geophysical_Research__Atmospheres.pdf
Aerial surveys of elevated hydrocarbon emissions from oil and gas production sites. Environmental Science & Technology Lyon, D.R., R.A. Alvarez, D. Zavala-Araiza, A.R. Brandt, R.B. Jackson, S.P. Hamburg 02/2016; 50: 4877 − 4886 PDF icon acs.est_.6b00705.pdf
Fugitive emissions from the Bakken shale illustrate role of shale production in global ethane shift. Geophysical research letters Kort, E.A., M.L. Smith, L.T. Murray, A. Gvakharia, A.R. Brandt, J. Peischl, T.B. Ryerson, C. Sweeney, K. Travis 05/2016; 43: 4617–4623 PDF icon Kort_et_al-2016-Geophysical_Research_Letters.pdf
Methane, black carbon, and ethane emissions from natural gas flares in the Bakken Shale, ND. Environmental Science & Technology Gvakharia, A., E.A. Kort, M.L. Smith, J. Peischl, J.P. Schwarz, A.R. Brandt, T.B. Ryerson, C. Sweeney. 04/2017; : PDF icon acs.est_.6b05183.pdf