Hydrates and the Climate Connection
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Recent literature has highlighted
the potential role of seafloor gas hydrates in global climate change.
However, there is disparity between how much methane may theoretically
reach the atmosphere from seafloor sources and the current estimates
of sources from land-based sampling stations.
Event: Hydrates and Climate Workshop
To further define this issue and design a measuring program to determine
the contribution of seafloor gas hydrates to the atmosphere, NOAA's
Undersea Research Program (NURP) and Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics
Lab (CMDL) have partnered to organize a workshop to: (1) foster
partnerships between NOAA climate/carbon measurers and modelers
and academic seafloor hydrates experts; and (2) develop an experimental
program designed to assess the contribution of hydrates to the atmospheric
methane inventory and global carbon cycle.
A consortium of programs including NOAA through NURP and CMDL, the
Department of Energy, U.S. Minerals Management Service, and the
U.S. Geological Survey are sponsoring the workshop.
The workshop will be held on May 13-14, 2004 at CMDL in Boulder,
Start date: Thu, May 13 2004
End date: Fri, May 14 2004
Location: Boulder, CO
Host: NURP and CMDL
Name: Andy Shepard
Tel: (910) 962-2441