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Techniques for the quantification of methane hydrate in european continental margins (HYDRATECH)

Objective

HYDRATECH is a project to develop a technique that can identify and quantify the amount of methane hydrate in the sediments beneath continental margins. Methane hydrate is a solid formed from methane and water that is stable in the conditions of temperature and pressure prevalent in most continental margins in water depths deeper than about 500 m. The presence of hydrate is a potential hazard for exploitation of continental margins, because if destabilised it could release large volumes of gas. The technique will use seismic p waves and s waves recorded on the seabed to measure characteristic seismic properties of sediment containing hydrate and their distribution through the sediment column. Theoretical and experimental approaches will be used to establish relationships for the effect of the presence of hydrate on the seismic properties of sediments, so that they can be used, inversely, to determine hydrate quantities from seismic measurements.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

Participants (10)

GDS INSTRUMENTS LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Eversley Way Thorpe Industrial Estate, Unit 12
TW20 8RG Ergham
GEOMAR Forschungszentrum für marine Geowissenschaften an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kie
Germany
Address
Wischhofsstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
IFREMER - INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
Technopole Brest Iroise
29280 Plouzane
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE
Italy
Address
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42C
34010 Sgonico
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Empress Dock, Waterfront Campus
SO14 3ZH Southampton
ROGALAND RESEARCH
Norway
Address
Prof. Olav Hanssens Vei 15
4091 Stavanger
SINTEF PETROLEUMSFORSKNING AS
Norway
Address
S.p. Andersens Vei 15 B
7034 Trondheim
UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
Address
Whiteknights
RG6 6AB Reading / Silchester
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
Southampton Ocenagraphic Centre, European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton
UNIVERSITY OF TROMSOE
Norway
Address
Dramsveien 201
9037 Tromsoe