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Open-File Report 2013–1055

National Assessment of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Resources—Methodology Implementation

By Madalyn S. Blondes, Sean T. Brennan, Matthew D. Merrill, Marc L. Buursink, Peter D. Warwick, Steven M. Cahan, Troy A. Cook, Margo D. Corum, William H. Craddock, Christina A. DeVera, Ronald M. Drake II, Lawrence J. Drew, Philip A. Freeman, Celeste D. Lohr, Ricardo A. Olea, Tina L. Roberts-Ashby, Ernie R. Slucher, and Brian A. Varela

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In response to the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted a national assessment of potential geologic storage resources for carbon dioxide (CO2). Storage of CO2 in subsurface saline formations is one important method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb global climate change. This report provides updates and implementation details of the assessment methodology of Brennan and others (2010, and describes the probabilistic model used to calculate potential storage resources in subsurface saline formations.

First posted May 10, 2013

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Blondes, M.S., Brennan, S.T., Merrill, M.D., Buursink, M.L., Warwick, P.D., Cahan, S.M., Cook, T.A., Corum, M.D., Craddock, W.H., DeVera, C.A, Drake, R.M., II, Drew, L.J., Freeman, P.A., Lohr, C.D., Olea, R.A., Roberts-Ashby, T.L., Slucher, E.R., and Varela, B.A., 2013, National assessment of geologic carbon dioxide storage resources—Methodology implementation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1055, 26 p.,




1. Criteria for Choosing and Classifying Storage Assessment Units

2. Water Quality

3. Distributions

4. Injectivity Classes

5. Basin-Scale Geologic Parameters

6. Parameters Related to Hydrocarbon Production

7. Monte Carlo Simulation

8. Aggregation

9. Summary


References Cited

Appendix 1. Reservoir Growth Functions

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