CCS: The Swiss Army Knife of Climate Change Mitigation and a Key to the Energy Transition

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: EER 3.646 or Online via Zoom & YouTube

Alex Bump

Research Geologist
  Gulf Coast Carbon Center, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

Click here for more details.

Speaker Biography: 

Alex is a geologist at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, which is part of the Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences here at UT. He holds a BA in Physics from Williams College and a PhD in Structural Geology and Tectonics from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining UT, he spent the better part of two decades in petroleum exploration, including roles as Advisor and Head of Discipline. His current work focusses on the reinvention of well-honed petroleum exploration processes for the new challenge of finding, de-risking and developing geologic CO2 storage sites.


Climate change is a constant in geologic terms. However, the current rate of change is unprecedented, even in the span of geologic time, and threatens to destabilize human civilizations built for the Earth as it is now. Mitigation is key to averting the worst outcomes, including massive refugee crises driven by floods, droughts, crop failures, drowning of coastal cities and other climate-related stressors. That involves many challenges, not least of which is the Dual Transition: reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions from the current ~35 gigatons/year to net zero while continuing to fuel the global economy. This talk will focus on the role of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)—what is it, why is it important, how does it work, is it safe, where is it now and what does the future hold.

UT Energy


Spring 2023
Every Tuesday Online; Occasionally In-Person
March 7

Storing Hydrogen in the Subsurface: Challenges and Opportunities for Low-carbon Energy

Peter Eichhubl, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

March 21

An Open Energy System Model Initiative for our Earth

Stuart James, Research Associate at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT)

March 28

Life Cycle Assessment of Energy Transitions: the Geospatial Context of Global Change

Sarah Jordaan, Associate Professor, Life Cycle Assessment / Industrial Ecology, The Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), Department of Civil Engineering at McGill University 
View past talks
Why did I get this?    Unsubscribe from this list    Update subscription preferences 
Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin · 2304 Whitis Ave · Flawn Academic Center 428 · Austin, TX 78712-1507 · USA

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin · 2304 Whitis Ave · Flawn Academic Center 344 · Austin, TX 78712-1718 · USA