The evolution of an idea: from avoiding gas hydrates to actively drilling for them

Suess, Erwin (2002) The evolution of an idea: from avoiding gas hydrates to actively drilling for them JOIDES Journal, 28 (1). pp. 45-50.

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Abstract

Between 1985 and 2000 the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) has contributed to an amazing turnaround in the perception of marine gas hydrates, one of the hottest topics in geoscience today. In 1986 the JOIDES Pollution Prevention and Safety Panel (PPSP) had recommended that drilling should not be carried into the strata underlying the gas-hydrate stability zone. The same panel softened its view in 1992 in approving drilling beneath visible BSRs in geologic settings that are otherwise considered safe. In 2000 the ODP community has an even more enthusiastic view recognizing that, there is a challenging new opportunity for a future integrated program of ocean drilling to establish an ocean-wide network of hydrate sampling sites. This overview examines why gas hydrate gas gone from a phenomenon to be avoided to one of the most important initiatives of the future Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP).

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Gas hydrates
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-MG Marine Geosystems
OceanRep > SFB 574
OceanRep > SFB 574 > B3
Refereed: No
ISSN: 0734-5615
Projects: SFB574
Contribution Number:
ProjectNumber
SFB 57410
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 11:51
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 07:29
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/4396

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