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Title: Time-lapse 3-D electrical resistance tomography inversion for crosswell monitoring of dissolved and supercritical CO 2 flow at two field sites: Escatawpa and Cranfield, Mississippi, USA

In this study, we advance the understanding of three-dimensional (3-D) electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) for monitoring long-term CO 2 storage by analyzing two previously published field time-lapse data sets. We address two important aspects of ERT inversion-the issue of resolution decay, a general impediment to the ERT method, and the issue of potentially misleading imaging artifacts due to 2-D model assumptions. The first study analyzes data from a shallow dissolved-CO 2 injection experiment near Escatawpa (Mississippi), where ERT data were collected in a 3-D crosswell configuration. Here, we apply a focusing approach designed for crosswell configurations to counteract resolution loss in the inter-wellbore area, with synthetic studies demonstrating its effectiveness. The 3-D field data analysis reveals an initially southwards-trending flow path development and a dispersing plume development in the downgradient inter-well region. The second data set was collected during a deep (over 3 km) injection of supercritical CO 2 near Cranfield (Mississippi). Comparative 2-D and 3-D inversions reveal the projection of off-planar anomalies onto the cross-section, a typical artifact introduced by 2-D model assumptions. Conforming 3-D images from two different algorithms support earlier hydrological investigations, indicating a conduit system where flow velocity variations lead to a circumvention of a closemore » observation well and an onset of increased CO 2 saturation downgradient from this well. We relate lateral permeability variations indicated by an independently obtained hydrological analysis to this consistently observed pattern in the CO 2 spatial plume evolution.« less
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  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Earth & Environmental Sciences Area
  2. Federal Inst. of Technology, Zurich (Switzerland). SCCER-SoE, Dept. of Earth Sciences
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 49; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1750-5836
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
Country of Publication:
United States
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Geologic CO2 storage; Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT); 3-D inversion
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