More about the project

A United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
and GRID-Arendal initiative

Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates

"Global reservoirs of methane gas have long been the topic of scientific discussion both in the realm of environmental issues such as natural forces of climate change and as a potential energy resource for development. Of particular interest are the volumes of methane locked away in frozen molecules known as clathrates or hydrates.

Understanding the intricate links between methane hydrates and
1) their role in natural systems including the global carbon cycle,
2) their sensitivities to climate variations such as global warming,
3) the key drivers (e.g. economic drivers; resource scarcity drivers; geopolitical drivers) associated with their evaluation as a possible source of natural gas, and
4) the environmental and societal impacts of possible development,
are key factors in making good decisions that promote sustainable development."

AN INITIATIVE FROM UNEP and GRID-ARENDAL

Key factors

  • Their role in natural systems including the global carbon cycle
  • Their sensitivities to climate variations such as global warming
  • The economic, resource scarcity or geopolitical drivers associated with their evaluation as a possible source of natural gas,
  • The environmental and societal impacts of possible development

What are methane gas hydrates?

Scott Dallimore, Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada providing insights on methane gas hydrates as part of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates project.

What are the potential societal impacts of methane gas hydrate development?

Kelly Rose, Geologist with the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory providing insights on methane gas hydrates as part of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates project.

How does global warming effect gas hydrates stability?

Tina Treude, Biological Oceanographer from IFM-GEOMAR providing insights on methane gas hydrates as part of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates project.

How are methane gas hydrates a potential source of energy?

Scott Dallimore, Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada providing insights on methane gas hydrates as part of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates project.

How can methane gas hydrates contribute to the energy mix of the future?

Klaus Wallmann, Marine Geoscientist from IFM-GEOMAR providing insights on methane gas hydrates as part of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates project.

Why did you choose to study methane gas hydrates?

William Waite, Research Geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey providing insights on methane gas hydrates as part of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates project.