Hydrocarbon fuels come almost exclusively from underground. We burn the coal or oil to obtain energy - and for hundreds of years, we have then allowed the resulting carbon dioxide to simply enter the atmosphere. A major aspect of current plans to manage the climate change resulting from the accumulated carbon dioxide is the effort to capture that carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere, and put it back underground. Particularly for large power plants and factories, this will make it possible to continue using hydrocarbon fuels without degrading the climate.

In this presentation you will learn about the role that underground storage of carbon dioxide can play in helping avoid damaging climate change, and the scientific challenges that face us in trying to keep the atmospheric load of carbon dioxide from continuing to grow due to burning fossil fuels.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Roger Aines

Energy and Environment Directorate
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Roger is a member of the Energy and Environment Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he leads the geochemistry group. Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Carleton College, and Doctor of Philosophy in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Roger's research interests include the in situ degradation of organic chemicals through heating, simulation of steam-driven underground processes in heterogeneous media, and the mechanisms of thermally-assisted remediation. A key research area for Roger has been the coupling of active remediation methods to longer-term, self actuating methods like oxidation and bioremediation.

Dean Reese

Physics and Biology Teacher
Tracy High School

Dean Reese received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Currently, he is the Science Department Chairperson at Tracy High School and has been teaching there since 2002. He teaches IB Physics, Conceptual Physics, and ELL Conceptual Physics. He has been a Master Teacher for LLNL’s Education Program since 2007 and currently instructs in the Computer Simulation Teacher Research Academy. Dean has co-presented with various scientist in many Science on Saturday Presentations. In 2006, Dean had a DOE Academies Creating Teacher Scientists internship where he interned for 3 consecutive summers at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at LLNL. In 2011, Dean was awarded the Cortopassi Family Foundation Excellence in Science Teaching Award. He is a dedicated advisor for the Tracy High Earth Club, Scientifically Speaking Club, and Computer Programming Club. Dean is a master instructor for the SIMMS (Secondary Integration of Modeling in Math and Science) Project with the intent of developing computer modeling skills for high school science and math teachers within the San Joaquin County. Prior to becoming a teacher Dean was a soldier in the United States Army National Guard.