An effort of The United Nations Environment Program and UNEP and GRID-Arendal

  • Geological Survey of Canada

    Geological Survey of Canada

    The Geological Survey of Canada, a part of the Earth Science Sector of the Ministry of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is Canada’s premier agency for geoscientific information and research, with world-class expertise focusing on geoscience surveys, sustainable development of Canada’s resources, environmental protection, and technology innovation.The Gas Hydrates program of the NRCan is working with many national and international partners to quantify the distribution and properties of Canada’s marine and terrestrial gas hydrates. NRCan experts are also contributing to improving gas hydrate exploration techniques and to finding economically viable and environmentally responsible extraction and production methods. The program is also assessing the possible environmental issues posed by gas hydrates and associated geohazards.

  • Canadian Polar Commission

    Canadian Polar Commission

    Established in 1991 as the lead agency in the area of polar research, the Canadian Polar Commission has responsibility for: monitoring, promoting, and disseminating knowledge of the polar regions; contributing to public awareness of the importance of polar science to Canada; enhancing Canada’s international profile as a circumpolar nation; and recommending polar science policy direction to government.

  • Gas Hydrates on the Norway-Barents Sea-Svalbard margin Gas Hydrates on the Norway-Barents Sea-Svalbard margin

    Gas Hydrates on the Norway-Barents Sea-Svalbard margin

    The main aim of GANS is to quantify gas accumulations in the 1) form of hydrates in sediments on the Norway - Barents Sea - Svalbard (NBS) margin; including an assessment of their dynamics and impacts on the seabed, and 2) their response on sediments and biota, to provide knowledge vital for a safe exploitation in oil and gas production. The overall objective is to make a coordinated effort on a national level to achieve the main objective by the following sub-goals:

    • Geophysical characterization of gas hydrates
    • Geological and geochemical setting of gas hydrate reservoirs and seeps
    • Gas hydrate dissociation and its effects on geomechanical properties
    • Theoretical and experimental evaluation of gas hydrate dynamics
  • GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

    GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

    The mass of organic carbon in sedimentary basins amounts to a staggering 1016 tons, dwarfing the mass contained in coal, oil, gas and all living systems by ten thousand-fold. The changing fate of this giant mass during subsidence and uplift, via chemical, physical and biological processes, is known to ultimately control fossil energy resource occurrence worldwide. But what has been overlooked and/or ignored until now is its enormous capacity for driving global climate: only a tiny degree of leakage, particularly when focussed through the clathrate cycle, can result in high greenhouse gas emissions, both in the present as well as in the geologic past.

    Understanding the workings of sedimentary basins in time and space is fundamental to gaining insights into Earth’s climate.



    Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research is the successor of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) which was founded in January 2004 through the merger of the Institut für Meereskunde (IfM) and the Research Center for Marine Geosciences (GEOMAR). The institute is a member of the Helmholtz Association and employs more than 750 scientific and technical staff.
    The institutes’ mandate is the interdisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology to marine meteorology. Research is conducted worldwide in all oceans.
    GEOMAR cooperates closely with the University of Kiel in the education of future marine scientists. Bachelor curricula include “Physics of the Earth System: Meteorology – Oceanography – Geophysics” and internationally oriented Master courses such as “Climate Physics: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography” and “Biological Oceanography.” Additional contributions to other curricula such as Geology and Geophysics are also provided. GEOMAR also has cooperative programmes with other universities around the world. Special programmes for pupils and teachers aim to stimulate interest in the marine sciences at an early stage.
    GEOMAR is one of three leading institutions in the field of marine sciences in Europe. Together with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Ifremer in France, GEOMAR has formed the “G3 group” of national marine research centres.



    Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) was established on February 29, 2004 pursuant to the Law Concerning the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, which was promulgated on July 26, 2002. JOGMEC integrates the functions of the former Japan National Oil Corporation, which was in charge of securing a stable supply of oil and natural gas, and the former Metal Mining Agency of Japan, which was in charge of ensuring a stable supply of nonferrous metal and mineral resources and implementing mine pollution control measures.



    Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) was established in 1918, and prolongated its central roles in comprehensive mineral exploration and energy development as the government supported research institute. For the last century, KIGAM strives to achieve the core technology, which mobilizes national competitiveness and endless productivity. KIGAM accomplishes national projects to enhance the quality of our daily lives by improving safety levels, educating cautions of natural disasters, and developing new materials and energy sources. KIGAM covers various fields of geological research in nationwide and overseas such as gas hydrate, mineral exploration, groundwater flow research, usage of underground space, and efficient utilization of national territory. More so, KIGAM endeavors to develop the prominent unchallenged technologies in geological disasters such as earthquakes and landslides, as well as global climate change mitigations on CO2 geological storage, mineral carbonations, and waste disposals.

  • NETL


    The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of DOE’s national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

  • Schlumberger


    Schlumberger is the leading oilfield services provider, trusted to deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil and gas companies around the world. Through our well site operations and in our research and engineering facilities, we are working to develop products, services and solutions that optimize customer performance in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

  • Statoil


    Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 40 countries. Building on more than 35 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, we are committed to accommodating the world’s energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions.

  • USGS


    The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

    USGS has become a world leader in the natural sciences thanks to our scientific excellence and responsiveness to society’s needs.

  • Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, India

    Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, India

    The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) was established in 1993 under the administrative control of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas through Government of India Resolution. Objectives of DGH are to promote sound management of the oil and natural gas resources having a balanced regard for environment, safety, technological and economic aspects of the petroleum activity.

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    World Wildlife Fund

    For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.