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Title: Methane Hydrate Field Program. Development of a Scientific Plan for a Methane Hydrate-Focused Marine Drilling, Logging and Coring Program

This topical report represents a pathway toward better understanding of the impact of marine methane hydrates on safety and seafloor stability and future collection of data that can be used by scientists, engineers, managers and planners to study climate change and to assess the feasibility of marine methane hydrate as a potential future energy resource. Our understanding of the occurrence, distribution and characteristics of marine methane hydrates is incomplete; therefore, research must continue to expand if methane hydrates are to be used as a future energy source. Exploring basins with methane hydrates has been occurring for over 30 years, but these efforts have been episodic in nature. To further our understanding, these efforts must be more regular and employ new techniques to capture more data. This plan identifies incomplete areas of methane hydrate research and offers solutions by systematically reviewing known methane hydrate “Science Challenges” and linking them with “Technical Challenges” and potential field program locations.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [7] ;  [8] ;  [9] ;  [10] ;  [10] ;  [10]
  1. U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO (United States)
  2. Korea Inst. of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon (Korea)
  3. U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Sterling, VA (United States)
  4. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY (United States)
  5. Statoil ASA, Stavenger (Norway)
  6. Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)
  7. Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
  8. Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., Anchorage, AK (United States)
  9. Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States)
  10. Consortium For Ocean Leadership Inc., Washington, DC (United States)
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Technical Report
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Consortium For Ocean Leadership Inc., Washington, DC (United States)
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United States