While some of our members are veterans of the carbon mitigation effort, many others were new to the field at the start of the Initiative. Over the past five years, however, CMI as a whole has become a strong presence in the CCS community. One example of this is our representation at the flagship CCS meetings, the NETL Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration and the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, at which CMI researchers have presented dozens of papers.

Our team members also serve as members of national and international advisory groups. Steve Pacala and Jorge Sarmiento of the Science Group are helping shape the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan. Michael Oppenheimer (Integration) has served as a lead author for the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Robert Williams (Capture) was a lead author of the IPCC’s just-released Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage report. Eric Larson (Capture) is a member of the Federal Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee that advises the Departments of Energy and Agriculture on bioenergy activities.

In addition, our researchers are helping to guide the demonstration projects in carbon capture and storage. Co-Director Rob Socolow is a member of the In Salah science advisory committee and a National Academy of Sciences panel evaluating the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sequestration Research program. Tom Kreutz of the Capture Group is a member of the Technical Experts Group providing input to the FutureGen project, and Mike Celia (Storage) is helping to review the Weyburn EOR project in Saskatchewan.

Finally, CMI researchers are collaborating with colleagues at many universities around the world, as well as government laboratories and non-profit organizations:


  •   Tsinghua University, Beijing
  •  Politecnico di Milano
  •  Harvard University
  •  Dartmouth College
  •  UC Davis
  •  National Resources Defense Council
  •  Environmental Defense
  •  University of Calgary


  •  Alberta Geological Survey
  •  University of Bergen
  •  Schlumberger
  •  Rocky Mountain Oil Testing Center
  •  Los Alamos National Laboratory
  •  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  •  National Energy Technology Laboratory


  •  Columbia University
  •  Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  •   Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
  •  United States Geological Survey
  •  Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam
  •  Bowdoin College
  •  NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
  •  Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
  •  Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
  •  UCLA


  •  Penn State University
  •  Environmental Defense
  •  International Energy Agency
  •  World Wildlife Fund
  •  AJW, Inc. (Sarah Wade, consultant)
  •  The Climate Group