Bio


Sally M. Benson, who joined Stanford University in 2007, is the co-director of Stanford's Precourt Institute. A Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; she studies technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions including geologic storage of CO2 in deep underground formations and energy systems analysis for a low-carbon future. She also directs Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project.

Prior to joining Stanford, Benson was Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences and Deputy Director at LBNL.

Professor Benson serves on the Board of Directors for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Climate Central. Currently she also serves on the Advisory Boards for Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton’s Adlinger Center, Japan’s Initiative for the Cool Earth Forum, and the Lahore University of Management Science in Pakistan. Over the past several years she participated in a number of National Academy of Sciences, Secretary of Energy, and National Petroleum Council research needs assessments related to carbon management. She also is on the Editorial Board for Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Administrative Appointments


  • Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University (2014 - Present)
  • Professor, Energy Resources Engineering Department, Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Acting Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Director, Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University (2009 - Present)
  • Professor (Research), Energy Resources Engineering Department, Stanford University (2007 - 2013)
  • Senior Fellow by Courtesy, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University (2007 - 2013)
  • Executive Director, Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford University (2007 - 2009)
  • Deputy Director for Operations, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2001 - 2004)
  • Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1997 - 2001)
  • Director, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1993 - 2001)
  • Visiting Professor, Earth Sciences Department, Clemson University (1990 - 1998)
  • Positions of growing responsibility to Senior Staff Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1977 - 2006)

Honors & Awards


  • Arthur D. Storke Lecturer, Columbia University (2018)
  • Distinguished Lecture Tour, Peter Cook Center, University of Melbourne (2017)
  • Honorary Degree, Smith College, Massachusetts (2015)
  • Roslyn Silver’27 Science Lectureship, Barnard College (2015)
  • Greenman Award, IEA Greenhouse Gas Control Programme (2012)
  • Alberta Innovates Lecturer of 2011, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) (2011)
  • Stanford Fellow, Stanford University (2009-2011)
  • ARCS 2009 American Pacesetter Award, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (2009)
  • Michel T. Halbouty Distinguished Lecture Award, Geological Society of America (2009)
  • Contributed to the reports of the IPCC, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, Norwegian Nobel Committee (2007)
  • DOE Certificate of Appreciation, Department of Education (DOE) (1996)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Co-Lead for Geological Storage Section for NPC CCS Study, National Petroleum Council (2018 - Present)
  • Design Team Member for Long Range Planning -- Sustainability, Stanford University (2018 - Present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Colorado School of Mines, Payne Institute (2018 - Present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Princeton University, Andlinger Center (2018 - Present)
  • Member, Director's Scientific Advisory Board, Argonne National Laboratory (2018 - Present)
  • Member, NAS Study Panel on Carbon Dioxide Removal and Negative Emissions (2017 - 2018)
  • Member, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force for on CO2 Utilization and Negative Emissions (2016 - 2017)
  • Ambassador, Clean Energy, Education, and Empowerment Initiative (2015 - Present)
  • Chair, Witherspoon Mid-Career Award, American Geophysical Union (2015 - 2018)
  • Advisory Board Member, Japan Initiative for the Cool Earth Forum (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Energy, Energy and Environment Advisory Board, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2014 - Present)
  • Chair, Advisory Board, Lahore University of Management Science, Pakistan (2014 - 2018)
  • Chair, Energy, Climate and Infrastructure Advisory Board, Sandia National Laboratory (2014 - 2017)
  • Member, Organizing Committee, 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control (2013 - 2018)
  • Co-founding Editor, MRS Energy and Sustainability Journal (2013 - 2015)
  • Member, Visiting Committee, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson University (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Energy, Climate and Infrastructure Advisory Board, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM (2012 - 2017)
  • Member, Energy Systems Integration Technical Review Committee, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado (2012 - 2017)
  • Co-organizer and teacher, Joint Stanford-SLAC-NREL Energy Summer School, Stanford University (2012 - 2012)
  • Member, Gordon Conference Organizing Committee, Flow Through Porous Media (2012 - 2012)
  • Sustainability Committee, Stanford University (2012 - 2012)
  • Co-director, Stanford Center for Carbon Storage, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Organizing Committee, 11th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme (2011 - 2012)
  • Co-organizer and teacher, Joint Stanford-SLAC-NREL Energy Summer School (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, California Council on Science and Technology (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, Committee on Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries, National Research Council (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, Advisory Board, National Geographic Society, Great Energy Challenge (2010 - 2016)
  • Member, BIGCCS Scientific Committee, Research Council of Norway (2010 - 2014)
  • Board of Directors, Carbon Management Canada (2010 - 2013)
  • Judge, Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, State of California, "Blue Ribbon" Panel on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, Advisory Board, MUSTANG Project on CCS (2009 - 2015)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Lahore University of Management Science, Pakistan (2009 - 2014)
  • Member and Chair, Environmental Subcommittee of the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility & Licensing (APIR-L) (2009 - 2013)
  • Coordinating Lead Author, Global Energy Assessment (GEA), Chapter 13, Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (2009 - 2012)
  • Member, Scientific Policy Board, SLAC National Laboratory (2009 - 2012)
  • Member, World Resources International Project to Develop Guidelines for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (2009 - 2011)
  • Member, WRI Task Force on CCS in China (2009 - 2010)
  • Member, Organizing Committee, 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme (2009 - 2010)
  • Co-organizer and teacher, Joint Stanford-SLAC-NREL Energy Summer School (2009 - 2009)
  • Judge, Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards (2009 - 2009)
  • Board of Directors, Climate Central, Princeton, NJ (2008 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2008 - Present)
  • Climate Change Committee Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2008 - 2010)
  • Instructor, Stanford Continuing Education: A Practical Guide to a Sustainable Energy Future (2008 - 2008)
  • Participant, Arctic Expedition for Climate Action, sponsored by National Geographic, Linblad Expeditions and the Aspen Institute (2008 - 2008)
  • Member, Organizing Committee, 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme (2007 - 2008)
  • Task Force Member, Council on Foreign Relations, Climate Change Task Force (2007 - 2007)
  • Member, Sleipner Risk Assessment Advisory Committee, Statoil (2006)
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement User Facility (2006 - 2008)
  • Member, FutureGen Technical Advisory Board (2006 - 2008)
  • Section Co-Chair for Carbon Sequestration, Assessment of Basic Research Needs in Earth Sciences, Commissioned by DOE Basic Energy Sciences (2006 - 2007)
  • Co-Chair, Technical Review of the CO2CRC, Australia (2006 - 2006)
  • Member, Technical Advisory Board for the In Salah CO2 Storage Project (2005 - 2013)
  • Coordinating Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage: Chapter on Geologic Storage of CO2 (2003 - 2005)
  • Member, Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) Advisory Board, Princeton University, NJ (2002 - Present)
  • Member, CO2 Capture Project (CCP) Technology Advisory Board (2002 - 2007)
  • Chair, School of Earth Sciences Advisory Board, Stanford University (2002 - 2004)
  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000 - Present)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (2000 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, Material Science & Mineral Engineering (1988)
  • M.Sc., University of California, Berkeley, Material Science & Mineral Engineering (1984)
  • B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, Geology (1977)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Research Activities

For the past 15 years, I have focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy production. My research activities cover two different but complementary areas: (1) energy systems anlysis to help guide decision-making about the best options for providing plentiful energy supplies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and (2) sequestering carbon dioxide in deep underground formations. As the Director of GCEP, I work with faculty and students across the campus.

Teaching Activities

I teach courses on carbon dioxide capture and storage, pathways for a successful transition to a low greenhouse gas energy system, laboratory measurements on rocks and a weekly Energy Seminar. I also teach the Energy Resources Engineering Senior Project.

Professional Activities

Board Member, National Renewable Energy Lab and Climate Central. Member of American Geophysical Union, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Advisory Board Member for National Geographic's Great Energy Challenge, Sandia National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National laboratory.

2018-19 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • Predicting CO2 residual trapping ability based on experimental petrophysical properties for different sandstone types INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Ni, H., Boon, M., Garing, C., Benson, S. M. 2019; 86: 158–76
  • Why 100% Renewable Energy Is Not Enough JOULE de Chalendar, J. A., Benson, S. M. 2019; 3 (6): 1389–93
  • The energetic implications of introducing lithium-ion batteries into distributed photovoltaic systems SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & FUELS Kurland, S., Benson, S. 2019; 3 (5): 1182–90

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c9se00127a

    View details for Web of Science ID 000465598000005

  • Positron emission tomography in water resources and subsurface energy resources engineering research ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Zahasky, C., Kurotori, T., Pini, R., Benson, S. M. 2019; 127: 39–52
  • City-scale decarbonization experiments with integrated energy systems ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE de Chalendar, J. A., Glynn, P. W., Benson, S. M. 2019; 12 (5): 1695–1707

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c8ee03706j

    View details for Web of Science ID 000473083100018

  • Measuring, imaging and modelling solute transport in a microporous limestone CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE Kurotori, T., Zahasky, C., Hejazi, S., Shah, S. M., Benson, S. M., Pini, R. 2019; 196: 366–83
  • CO2 Wettability of Sandstones: Addressing Conflicting Capillary Behaviors GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Garing, C., Benson, S. M. 2019; 46 (2): 776–82
  • Multimodal imaging and stochastic percolation simulation for improved quantification of effective porosity and surface area in vesicular basalt ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Zahasky, C., Thomas, D., Matter, J., Maher, K., Benson, S. M. 2018; 121: 235–44
  • Calculating Trajectories Associated With Solute Transport in a Heterogeneous Medium WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Vasco, D. W., Pride, S. R., Zahasky, C., Benson, S. M. 2018; 54 (9): 6890–6908
  • Residual trapping of carbon dioxide during geological storage-Insight gained through a pore-network modeling approach INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Rasmusson, K., Rasmusson, M., Tsang, Y., Benson, S., Hingerl, F., Fagedund, F., Niemi, A. 2018; 74: 62–78
  • Net-zero emissions energy systems SCIENCE Davis, S. J., Lewis, N. S., Shaner, M., Aggarwal, S., Arent, D., Azevedo, I. L., Benson, S. M., Bradley, T., Brouwer, J., Chiang, Y., Clack, C. M., Cohen, A., Doig, S., Edmonds, J., Fennell, P., Field, C. B., Hannegan, B., Hodge, B., Hoffert, M. I., Ingersoll, E., Jaramillo, P., Lackner, K. S., Mach, K. J., Mastrandrea, M., Ogden, J., Peterson, P. F., Sanchez, D. L., Sperling, D., Stagner, J., Trancik, J. E., Yang, C., Caldeira, K. 2018; 360 (6396): 1419-+

    Abstract

    Some energy services and industrial processes-such as long-distance freight transport, air travel, highly reliable electricity, and steel and cement manufacturing-are particularly difficult to provide without adding carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. Rapidly growing demand for these services, combined with long lead times for technology development and long lifetimes of energy infrastructure, make decarbonization of these services both essential and urgent. We examine barriers and opportunities associated with these difficult-to-decarbonize services and processes, including possible technological solutions and research and development priorities. A range of existing technologies could meet future demands for these services and processes without net addition of CO2 to the atmosphere, but their use may depend on a combination of cost reductions via research and innovation, as well as coordinated deployment and integration of operations across currently discrete energy industries.

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  • The global overlap of bioenergy and carbon sequestration potential CLIMATIC CHANGE Turner, P. A., Mach, K. J., Lobell, D. B., Benson, S. M., Baik, E., Sanchez, D. L., Field, C. B. 2018; 148 (1-2): 1–10
  • Micro-positron emission tomography for measuring sub-core scale single and multiphase transport parameters in porous media ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Zahasky, C., Benson, S. M. 2018; 115: 1–16
  • Pore-scale modelling of Ostwald ripening JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS de Chalendar, J. A., Garing, C., Benson, S. M. 2018; 835: 363–92
  • Geospatial analysis of near-term potential for carbon-negative bioenergy in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Baik, E., Sanchez, D. L., Turner, P. A., Mach, K. J., Field, C. B., Benson, S. M. 2018; 115 (13): 3290–95

    Abstract

    Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is a negative-emissions technology that may play a crucial role in climate change mitigation. BECCS relies on the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) following bioenergy production to remove and reliably sequester atmospheric CO2Previous BECCS deployment assessments have largely overlooked the potential lack of spatial colocation of suitable storage basins and biomass availability, in the absence of long-distance biomass and CO2transport. These conditions could constrain the near-term technical deployment potential of BECCS due to social and economic barriers that exist for biomass and CO2transport. This study leverages biomass production data and site-specific injection and storage capacity estimates at high spatial resolution to assess the near-term deployment opportunities for BECCS in the United States. If the total biomass resource available in the United States was mobilized for BECCS, an estimated 370 Mt CO2⋅y-1of negative emissions could be supplied in 2020. However, the absence of long-distance biomass and CO2transport, as well as limitations imposed by unsuitable regional storage and injection capacities, collectively decrease the technical potential of negative emissions to 100 Mt CO2⋅y-1Meeting this technical potential may require large-scale deployment of BECCS technology in more than 1,000 counties, as well as widespread deployment of dedicated energy crops. Specifically, the Illinois basin, Gulf region, and western North Dakota have the greatest potential for near-term BECCS deployment. High-resolution spatial assessment as conducted in this study can inform near-term opportunities that minimize social and economic barriers to BECCS deployment.

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  • Commemorating Dr. Gudmundur "Bo" Bodvarsson (1951-2006), a Leader of the Deep Unsaturated Flow and Transport Investigations WATER Tsang, C., Lippmann, M., Dobson, P., Tsang, Y., Faybishenko, B., Benson, S., Birkholzer, J., Finsterle, S., Hawkes, D., Hubbard, S., Kneafsey, T., Liu, H., Oldenburg, C. M., Pruess, K., Sonnenthal, E., Villavert, M., Wang, J., Wu, Y., Zimmerman, R. W. 2018; 10 (1)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/w10010018

    View details for Web of Science ID 000424397400017

  • Capillary pressure heterogeneity and hysteresis for the supercritical CO2/water system in a sandstone ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Pini, R., Benson, S. M. 2017; 108: 277–92
  • Advancing clean energy ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Benson, S. M., Majumdar, A. 2017; 33 (3): 11–12
  • Pore-scale capillary pressure analysis using multi-scale X-ray micromotography Advances in Water Resources Garing, C., de Chalendar, J. A., Voltolini, M., Ajo-Franklin, J. B., Benson, S. M. 2017; 104: 223-241
  • X-ray CT and multiphase flow characterization of a ‘bio-grouted’ sandstone core: The effect of dissolution on seal longevity International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control Minto, J. M., Hingerl, F. F., Benson, S. M., Lunn, R. J. 2017; 64: 152-162
  • Pore-scale multiphase flow modeling and imaging of CO2 exsolution in Sandstone Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering Zuo, L., Ajo-Franklin, J. B., Voltolini, M., Geller, J. T., Benson, S. M. 2017; 155: 63-77
  • Evaluating co-benefits of battery and fuel cell vehicles in a community in California ENERGY Felgenhauer, M. F., Pellow, M. A., Benson, S. M., Hamacher, T. 2016; 114: 360-368
  • Use of above-zone pressure data to locate and quantify leaks during carbon storage operations INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Cameron, D. A., Durlofsky, L. J., Benson, S. M. 2016; 52: 32-43
  • Translating risk assessment to contingency planning for CO2 geologic storage: A methodological framework INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Farhat, K., Benson, S. M. 2016; 52: 410-431
  • Experimental Investigation of Stress-Dependency of Relative Permeability in Rock Fractures TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Huo, D., Benson, S. M. 2016; 113 (3): 567-590
  • Quantifying solute spreading and mixing in reservoir rocks using 3-D PET imaging JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS Pini, R., Vandehey, N. T., Druhan, J., O'Neil, J. P., Benson, S. M. 2016; 796
  • Characterization of heterogeneity in the Heletz sandstone from core to pore scale and quantification of its impact on multi-phase flow INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Hingerl, F. F., Yang, F., Pini, R., Xiao, X., Toney, M. F., Liu, Y., Benson, S. M. 2016; 48: 69-83
  • Heletz experimental site overview, characterization and data analysis for CO2 injection and geological storage INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Niemi, A., Bensabat, J., Shtivelman, V., Edlmann, K., Gouze, P., Luquot, L., Hingerl, F., Benson, S. M., Pezard, P. A., Rasmusson, K., Liang, T., Fagerlund, F., Gendler, M., Goldberg, I., Tatomir, A., Lange, T., Sauter, M., Freifeld, B. 2016; 48: 3-23
  • Evaluation of hydraulic controls for leakage intervention in carbon storage reservoirs INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Zahasky, C., Benson, S. M. 2016; 47: 86-100
  • A calibration-free approach for measuring fracture aperture distributions using X-ray computed tomography GEOSPHERE Huo, D., Pini, R., Benson, S. M. 2016; 12 (2): 558-571

    View details for DOI 10.1130/GES01175.1

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  • Simulating stress-dependent fluid flow in a fractured core sample using real-time X-ray CT data SOLID EARTH Kling, T., Huo, D., Schwarz, J., Enzmann, F., Benson, S., Blum, P. 2016; 7 (4): 1109-1124
  • Economic and environmental prospects of battery and fuel cell vehicles for the energy transition in German communities. 10TH INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY STORAGE CONFERENCE, IRES 2016 Felgenhauer, M. F., Pellow, M. A., Benson, S. M., Hamacher, T. 2016; 99: 380-391
  • Capillary trapping for geologic carbon dioxide storage - From pore scale physics to field scale implications INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Krevor, S., Blunt, M. J., Benson, S. M., Pentland, C. H., Reynolds, C., Al-Menhali, A., Niu, B. 2015; 40: 221-237
  • Influence of small-scale heterogeneity on upward CO2 plume migration in storage aquifers ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Li, B., Benson, S. M. 2015; 83: 389-404
  • Accurate determination of characteristic relative permeability curves ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Krause, M. H., Benson, S. M. 2015; 83: 376-388
  • Extraction of pore-morphology and capillary pressure curves of porous media from synchrotron-based tomography data SCIENTIFIC REPORTS Yang, F., Hingerl, F. F., Xiao, X., Liu, Y., Wu, Z., Benson, S. M., Toney, M. F. 2015; 5

    Abstract

    The elevated level of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) has caused serious concern of the progression of global warming. Geological sequestration is considered as one of the most promising techniques for mitigating the damaging effect of global climate change. Investigations over wide range of length-scales are important for systematic evaluation of the underground formations from prospective CO2 reservoir. Understanding the relationship between the micro morphology and the observed macro phenomena is even more crucial. Here we show Synchrotron based X-ray micro tomographic study of the morphological buildup of Sandstones. We present a numerical method to extract the pore sizes distribution of the porous structure directly, without approximation or complex calculation. We have also demonstrated its capability in predicting the capillary pressure curve in a mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) measurement. The method presented in this work can be directly applied to the morphological studies of heterogeneous systems in various research fields, ranging from Carbon Capture and Storage, and Enhanced Oil Recovery to environmental remediation in the vadose zone.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/srep10635

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  • Numerical and analytical study of effects of small scale heterogeneity on CO2/brine multiphase flow system in horizontal corefloods ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Kuo, C., Benson, S. M. 2015; 79: 1-17
  • Sustainability assessment of catalysis for energy storage in hydrogen: Comparative net energy analysis of fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies Pellow, M., Sridhar, S., Emmott, C., Benson, S. AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2015
  • Registration of the rotation axis in X-ray tomography Journal of synchrotron radiation Yang, Y., Hingerl, F., Xiao, F., Liu, Y., Wu, Z., Benson, S., Pianetta, P. 2015; 22 (2): 452-457
  • An Experimental Investigation of Stress-Dependent Permeability and Permeability Hysteresis Behavior in Rock Fractures DYNAMICS OF FLUIDS AND TRANSPORT IN COMPLEX FRACTURED-POROUS SYSTEMS Huo, D., Benson, S. M., Faybishenko, B., Benson, S. M., Gale, J. E. 2015; 210: 99–114
  • A Complex Systems Approach to Describing Flow and Transport in Fractured-Porous Media DYNAMICS OF FLUIDS AND TRANSPORT IN COMPLEX FRACTURED-POROUS SYSTEMS Faybishenko, B., Benson, S. M., Gale, J. E., Molz, F., Faybishenko, B., Benson, S. M., Gale, J. E. 2015; 210: 5–17
  • Dynamics of Fluids and Transport in Complex Fractured-Porous Systems PREFACE DYNAMICS OF FLUIDS AND TRANSPORT IN COMPLEX FRACTURED-POROUS SYSTEMS Faybishenko, B., Benson, S., Gale, J., Faybishenko, B., Benson, S. M., Gale, J. E. 2015; 210: IX-X
  • Hydrogen or batteries for grid storage? A net energy analysis ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Pellow, M. A., Emmott, C. J., Barnhart, C. J., Benson, S. M. 2015; 8 (7): 1938-1952

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c4ee04041d

    View details for Web of Science ID 000357541300006

  • Sustainability assessment of regenerative hydrogen fuel cells for energy storage Pellow, M. A., Emmott, C. M., Benson, S. M. AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2014
  • Hysteretic trapping and relative permeability of CO2 in sandstone at reservoir conditions INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Ruprecht, C., Pini, R., Falta, R., Benson, S., Murdoch, L. 2014; 27: 15-27
  • Can we afford storage ? A dynamic net energy analysis of renewable electricity generation supported by energy storage ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Carbajales-Dale, M., Barnhart, C. J., Benson, S. M. 2014; 7 (5): 1538-1544

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c3ee42125b

    View details for Web of Science ID 000335013700001

  • Process-dependent residual trapping of CO2 in sandstone GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Zuo, L., Benson, S. M. 2014; 41 (8): 2820-2826
  • In search of clean, affordable energy Oilfield Review Bao, Z., Benson, S. M., Cui, Y., Dionne, J. A., Maher, K., Maher, W., Halpin, C., Nelson, R., Nichols, D., Ralph, J., Ramakrishnan, T. S. 2014; 26 (1): 4-15
  • Small-scale Heterogeneities and Buoyancy-driven CO2 Migration in Geological Storage Li, B., Benson, S. M., Dixon, T., Herzog, H., Twinning, S. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2014: 3608–15
  • Rapid surface detection of CO2 leaks from geologic sequestration sites Moriarty, D., Dobeck, L., Benson, S., Dixon, T., Herzog, H., Twinning, S. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2014: 3975–83
  • Development and Testing of a New Fiber Optic System for Monitoring CO2 Solubility in Aqueous High-Pressure Geological Systems Hingerl, F. F., Marpu, S., Guzman, N., Benson, S. M., Delgado-Alonso, J., Dixon, T., Herzog, H., Twinning, S. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2014: 4134–44
  • CO2 Plume Tracking and History Matching Using Multilevel Pressure Monitoring at the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project Strandli, C. W., Mehnert, E., Benson, S. M., Dixon, T., Herzog, H., Twinning, S. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2014: 4473–84
  • A Simple Approximate Semi-analytical Solution for Estimating Leakage of Carbon Dioxide Through Faults Energy Procedia Zahasky, C., Benson, S. M. 2014; 63: 4861-4874
  • A reactive transport model for geochemical mitigation of CO2 leaking into a confined aquifer Druhan, J. L., Vialle, S., Maher, K., Benson, S., Dixon, T., Herzog, H., Twinning, S. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2014: 4620–29
  • CO2 Exsolution - Challenges and Opportunities in Subsurface Flow Management Zuo, L., Benson, S. M., Dixon, T., Herzog, H., Twinning, S. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2014: 5664–70
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Injection Termination and Hydraulic Controls for Leakage Containment Energy Procedia Zahasky, C., Benson, S. M. 2014; 63: 4666-4676
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage: Issues and Prospects ANNUAL REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCES, VOL 39 de Coninck, H., Benson, S. M. 2014; 39: 243-270
  • Negative-emissions insurance. Science (New York, N.Y.) Benson, S. M. 2014; 344 (6191): 1431

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  • Investigating Aperture-Based Stress-Dependent Permeability and Capillary Pressure in Rock Fractures SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Huo, D., Li, B., Benson, S. 2014
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Spring Issue of The Bridge on Emerging Issues in Earth Resources Engineering Benson, S., Friedmann, S. 2014; 44 (1)
  • A better currency for investing in a sustainable future Nature Climate Change Carbajales-Dale, M., Barnhart, C. J., Brandt, A. R., Benson, S. M. 2014; 4 (7): 524-527

    View details for DOI 10.1038/nclimate2285

  • Ensuring benefits from North American shale gas development: Towards a research agenda Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Bazilian, M., Brandt, A. R., Billman, L., Heath, G., Logan, J., Mann, M., Melaina, M., Statwick, P., Arent, D., Benson, S. M. 2014; 7: 71–74
  • Negative-emissions insurance Science Benson, S. M. 2014; 344 (6191): 1431

    View details for DOI 10.1126/science.1257423

  • Migration of exsolved CO2 following depressurization of saturated brines GREENHOUSE GASES-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Falta, R. W., Zuo, L., Benson, S. M. 2013; 3 (6): 503-515

    View details for DOI 10.1002/ghg.1379

    View details for Web of Science ID 000328341500007

  • Influence of capillary-pressure models on CO2 solubility trapping ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Li, B., Tchelepi, H. A., Benson, S. M. 2013; 62: 488-498
  • The energetic implications of curtailing versus storing solar- and wind-generated electricity ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Barnhart, C. J., Dale, M., Brandt, A. R., Benson, S. M. 2013; 6 (10): 2804-2810

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c3ee41973h

    View details for Web of Science ID 000325765100002

  • Characterization and scaling of mesoscale heterogeneities in sandstones GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Pini, R., Benson, S. M. 2013; 40 (15): 3903-3908

    View details for DOI 10.1002/grl.50756

    View details for Web of Science ID 000323660000023

  • Analytical Study of Effects of Flow Rate, Capillarity, and Gravity on CO2/Brine Multiphase-Flow System in Horizontal Corefloods SPE Western North American Regional Meeting Kuo, C., Benson, S. M. SOC PETROLEUM ENG. 2013: 708–20
  • A technical assessment of CO2 Interim Storage in deep saline aquifers INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Farhat, K., Benson, S. M. 2013; 15: 200-212
  • A Procedure for the Accurate Determination of Sub-Core Scale Permeability Distributions with Error Quantification TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Krause, M., Krevor, S., Benson, S. M. 2013; 98 (3): 565-588
  • Simultaneous determination of capillary pressure and relative permeability curves from core-flooding experiments with various fluid pairs WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Pini, R., Benson, S. M. 2013; 49 (6): 3516-3530

    View details for DOI 10.1002/wrcr.20274

    View details for Web of Science ID 000322241300030

  • Identifying diagnostics for reservoir structure and CO2 plume migration from multilevel pressure measurements WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Strandli, C. W., Benson, S. M. 2013; 49 (6): 3462-3475

    View details for DOI 10.1002/wrcr.20285

    View details for Web of Science ID 000322241300026

  • Worker safety in a mature carbon capture and storage industry in the United States based upon analog industry experience INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Jordan, P. D., Benson, S. M. 2013; 14: 291-303
  • Energy Balance of the Global Photovoltaic (PV) Industry - Is the PV Industry a Net Electricity Producer? ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Dale, M., Benson, S. M. 2013; 47 (7): 3482-3489

    Abstract

    A combination of declining costs and policy measures motivated by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and energy security have driven rapid growth in the global installed capacity of solar photovoltaics (PV). This paper develops a number of unique data sets, namely the following: calculation of distribution of global capacity factor for PV deployment; meta-analysis of energy consumption in PV system manufacture and deployment; and documentation of reduction in energetic costs of PV system production. These data are used as input into a new net energy analysis of the global PV industry, as opposed to device level analysis. In addition, the paper introduces a new concept: a model tracking energetic costs of manufacturing and installing PV systems, including balance of system (BOS) components. The model is used to forecast electrical energy requirements to scale up the PV industry and determine the electricity balance of the global PV industry to 2020. Results suggest that the industry was a net consumer of electricity as recently as 2010. However, there is a >50% that in 2012 the PV industry is a net electricity provider and will "pay back" the electrical energy required for its early growth before 2020. Further reducing energetic costs of PV deployment will enable more rapid growth of the PV industry. There is also great potential to increase the capacity factor of PV deployment. These conclusions have a number of implications for R&D and deployment, including the following: monitoring of the energy embodied within PV systems; designing more efficient and durable systems; and deploying PV systems in locations that will achieve high capacity factors.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/es3038824

    View details for Web of Science ID 000317173100060

    View details for PubMedID 23441588

  • On the importance of reducing the energetic and material demands of electrical energy storage ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Barnhart, C. J., Benson, S. M. 2013; 6 (4): 1083-1092

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c3ee24040a

    View details for Web of Science ID 000316468600004

  • Micromodel investigations of CO2 exsolution from carbonated water in sedimentary rocks ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Zuo, L., Zhang, C., Falta, R. W., Benson, S. M. 2013; 53: 188-197
  • Exsolution Enhanced Oil Recovery with Concurrent CO2 Sequestration International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT) Zuo, L., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2013: 6957–6963
  • CO2 Storage Contingencies Initiative: Detection, Intervention and Remediation of Unexpected CO2 Migration International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT) Imbus, S. W., Dodds, K., Otto, C. J., Trautz, R. C., Christopher, C. A., Agarwal, A., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2013: 7802–7814
  • Evaluation and development of options for remediation of CO2 leakage into groundwater aquifers from geologic carbon storage INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Esposito, A., Benson, S. M. 2012; 7: 62-73
  • Capillary pressure and heterogeneity for the CO2/water system in sandstone rocks at reservoir conditions ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Pini, R., Krevor, S. C., Benson, S. M. 2012; 38: 48-59
  • Relative permeability and trapping of CO2 and water in sandstone rocks at reservoir conditions WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Krevor, S. C., Pini, R., Zuo, L., Benson, S. M. 2012; 48
  • An Experimental Study of CO2 Exsolution and Relative Permeability Measurements During CO2 Saturated Water Depressurization TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Zuo, L., Krevor, S., Falta, R. W., Benson, S. M. 2012; 91 (2): 459-478
  • Global Energy Assessment, Technical Summary Johansson, T., Nakicenovic, N., Patwardhan, A., Gomez-Echevereri, L., Banerjee, R., Benson, S., Bouille, D., Brew-Hammond, A., Cherp, A., Coelho, S., Emberson, L., Figueroa, M., Grubler, A., He, K., Jaccard, M., Kahn-Ribeiro, S., Karekezi, S., Larson, E., Li, Z., McDade, S., Mytelka, L., Pachauri, S., Riahi, K., Rockstrom, J., Rogner, H., et al 2012
  • Global Energy Assessment, Summary for Policy Makers Johansson, T., Nakicenovic, N., Patwardhan, A., Gomez-Echeverri, L., Banerjee, R., Benson, S., Bouille, D., Brew-Hammond, A., Cherp, A., Coelho, S., Emberson, L., Figueroa, M., Grubler, A., He, K., Jaccard, M., Kahn-Ribeiro, S., Karekezi, S., Larson, E., Li, Z., McDade, S., Mytelka, L., Pachauri, S., Riahi, K., Rockstrom, J., Rogner, H., et al 2012
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future Benson, S., Bennaceur, K., Cook, P., Davison, J., de Connick, H., Farhat, K., Ramirez, A., Simbeck, D., Surles, T., Verma, P., Wright, I. edited by Gomez-Echeverri, L., Johansson, T., Nakicenovic, N., Patwardhan, A. IIASA and Cambridge University Press. 2012
  • Algal Technologies for Biological Capture and Utilization of CO2 Require Breakthroughs in Basic Research Symposium on Perspectives on Biofuels: Potential Benefits and Possible Pitfalls / 239th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society Milne, J. L., Cameron, J. C., Page, L. E., Benson, S. M., Pakrasi, H. B. AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2012: 107–141
  • Modeling Permeability Distributions in a Sandstone Core for History Matching Coreflood Experiments SPE JOURNAL Krause, M., Perrin, J., Benson, S. M. 2011; 16 (4): 768-777
  • Capillary heterogeneity trapping of CO2 in a sandstone rock at reservoir conditions GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Krevor, S. C., Pini, R., Li, B., Benson, S. M. 2011; 38
  • Real-Time Tracking of CO2 Injected into a Subsurface Coal Fire through High-Frequency Measurements of the (CO2)-C-13 Signature ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Krevor, S. C., Ide, T., Benson, S. M., Orr, F. M. 2011; 45 (9): 4179-4186

    Abstract

    CO₂ was injected into a coal fire burning at a depth of 15 m in the subsurface in southwestern Colorado, USA. Measurements were made of the ¹³CO₂ isotopic signature of gas exhaust from an observation well and two surface fissures. The goal of the test was to determine (1) whether CO₂ with a distinct isotopic signature could be used as a tracer to identify flow pathways and travel times in a combustion setting where CO₂ was present in significant quantities in the gases being emitted from the coalbed fire, and (2) to confirm the existence of a self-propagating system of air-intake and combustion gas exhaust that has been previously proposed. CO₂ was injected in three separate periods. The ¹³CO₂ isotopic signature was measured at high frequency (0.5 Hz) before, during, and after the injection periods for gas flowing from fissures over the fire and from gas entering an observation well drilled into the formation just above the fire but near the combustion zone. In two cases, a shift in the isotopic signature of outgassing CO₂ provided clear evidence that injected CO₂ had traveled from the injection well to the observation point, while in a third case, no response was seen and the fissure could not be assumed to have a flowpath connected with the injection well. High-frequency measurements of the ¹³CO₂ signature of gas in observation wells is identified as a viable technique for tracking CO₂ injected into subsurface formations in real-time. In addition, a chimney-like coupled air-intake and exhaust outlet system feeding the combustion of the coal seam was confirmed. This can be used to further develop strategies for extinguishing the fire.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/es103761x

    View details for Web of Science ID 000289819400056

    View details for PubMedID 21466184

  • Microtomography and Pore-Scale Modeling of Two-Phase Fluid Distribution TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Silin, D., Tomutsa, L., Benson, S. M., Patzek, T. W. 2011; 86 (2): 525-545
  • Laboratory experiments on core-scale behavior of CO2 exolved from CO2-saturated brine 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Perrin, J., Falta, R. W., Krevor, S., Zuo, L., Ellison, K., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2011: 3210–3215
  • Sustainability and Energy Conversions Energy and Environmental Sustainability Orr, F. M., Benson, S. M. 2011
  • Sustainability and energy conversions Fundamentals of Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Orr, F. M., Benson, S. M., Cahen, D. edited by Ginley, D. S. 2011: 36–47
  • Remediation of possible leakage from geologic CO2 storage reservoirs into groundwater aquifers 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Esposito, A., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2011: 3216–3223
  • CO2 Interim Storage: Technical Characteristics and Potential Role in CO2 Market Development 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Farhat, K., Brandt, A., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2011: 2628–2636
  • Rapid detection and characterization of surface CO2 leakage through the real-time measurement of delta(13) C signatures in CO2 flux from the ground INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Krevor, S., Perrin, J., Esposito, A., Rella, C., Benson, S. 2010; 4 (5): 811-815
  • A shallow subsurface controlled release facility in Bozeman, Montana, USA, for testing near surface CO2 detection techniques and transport models ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCES Spangler, L. H., Dobeck, L. M., Repasky, K. S., Nehrir, A. R., Humphries, S. D., Barr, J. L., Keith, C. J., Shaw, J. A., Rouse, J. H., Cunningham, A. B., Benson, S. M., Oldenburg, C. M., Lewicki, J. L., Wells, A. W., Diehl, J. R., Strazisar, B. R., Fessenden, J. E., Rahn, T. A., Amonette, J. E., Barr, J. L., Pickles, W. L., Jacobson, J. D., Silver, E. A., Male, E. J., Rauch, H. W., Gullickson, K. S., Trautz, R., Kharaka, Y., Birkholzer, J., Wielopolski, L. 2010; 60 (2): 227-239
  • An Experimental Study on the Influence of Sub-Core Scale Heterogeneities on CO2 Distribution in Reservoir Rocks TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Perrin, J., Benson, S. 2010; 82 (1): 93-109
  • Synchrotron X-ray Micro-Tomography and Geological CO2 Sequestration Advances in Computed Tomography for Geomaterials: GeoX Nico, P., Ajo-Franklin, J., Benson, S., McDowell, A., Silin, D., Tomutsa, L., Wu, Y. 2010: 374-380
  • A one-dimensional model of vertical gas plume migration through a heterogeneous porous medium INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Silin, D., Patzek, T. W., Benson, S. M. 2009; 3 (3): 300-310
  • Well blowout rates and consequences in California Oil and Gas District 4 from 1991 to 2005: implications for geological storage of carbon dioxide ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY Jordan, P. D., Benson, S. M. 2009; 57 (5): 1103-1123
  • A Model of Buoyancy-Driven Two-Phase Countercurrent Fluid Flow TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Silin, D., Patzek, T., Benson, S. M. 2009; 76 (3): 449-469
  • A controlled field pilot for testing near surface CO2 detection techniques and transport models 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Spangler, L. H., Dobeck, L. M., Repasky, K., Nehrir, A., Humphries, S., Barr, J., Keith, C., Shaw, J., Rouse, J., Cunningham, A., Benson, S., Oldenburg, C. M., Lewicki, J. L., Wells, A., Diehl, R., Strazisar, B., Fessenden, J., Rahn, T., Amonette, J., Barr, J., Pickles, W., Jacobson, J., Silver, E., Male, E., Rauch, H., Gullickson, K., Trautz, R., Kharaka, Y., Birkholzer, J., Wielopolski, L. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2009: 2143–50
  • Characterization of CO2 storage properties using core analysis techniques and thin section data 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Krause, M., Perrin, J., Kuo, C., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2009: 2969–74
  • Brine Displacement and Leakage Detection Using Pressure Measurements in Aquifers Overlying CO2 Storage Reservoirs 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Chabora, E. R., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2009: 2405–12
  • The role of optimality in characterizing CO2 seepage from geologic carbon sequestration sites 4th Trondheim Conference on CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage Cortis, A., Oldenburg, C. M., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2008: 640–52
  • CO2 Sequestration in Deep Sedimentary Formations ELEMENTS Benson, S. M., Cole, D. R. 2008; 4 (5): 325-331
  • Education for the global energy challenge PHYSICS TODAY Snieder, R., Benson, S. M. 2008; 61 (7): 48-49
  • Sustainability and energy conversions MRS BULLETIN Benson, S. M., Orr, F. M. 2008; 33 (4): 297-302
  • Carbon dioxide capture and storage MRS BULLETIN Benson, S. M., Orr, F. M. 2008; 33 (4): 303-305
  • Help make a difference with education and outreach for the global energy challenge! The Leading Edge Snieder, R., Benson, S. M. 2008; 27: 1364-1370
  • Multi-phase Flow and trapping in Saline Aquifers, SPE Paper Number OTC 19244 Benson, S. M. 2008
  • Continuous active-source seismic monitoring of CO2 injection in a brine aquifer GEOPHYSICS Daley, T. M., Solbau, R. D., Ajo-Franklin, J. B., Benson, S. M. 2007; 72 (5): A57-A61
  • Dynamic coupling of volcanic CO2 flow and wind at the Horseshoe Lake tree kill, Mammoth Mountain, California GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Lewicki, J. L., Hilley, G. E., Tosha, T., Aoyagi, R., Yamamoto, K., Benson, S. M. 2007; 34 (3)
  • Monitoring Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Capture and Geologic Sequestration: Integrating technology, monitoring, and regulation Benson, S. M. Blackwell Scientific Publishing. 2007
  • Carbon dioxide capture and storage: An overview with emphasis on capture and storage in deep geological formations PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE Benson, S. M., Surles, T. 2006; 94 (10): 1795-1805
  • Measuring permanence of CO2 storage in saline formations: the Frio experiment Environmental Geosciences Hovorka, S. D., Benson, S. M., Doughty, C., Freifeld, B. M., Sakurai, S., Daley, T. M., Kharaka, Y. K., Holtz, Mark H., Trautz, R. C., Nance, H. S., Myer, L. R., Knauss, K. G. 2006; 13: 105-121

    View details for DOI 10.1306/eg.11210505011

  • Monitoring Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Deep Geological Formations for Inventory Verification and Carbon Credits, SPE 102833 Proceedings of the 2006 Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition Benson, S. M. 2006
  • Exact Solutions in a Model of Vertical Gas Migration, SPE 103145 Silin, D. B., Patzek, T. W., Benson, S. M. Society of Petroleum Engineers. 2006
  • Geologic storage of carbon dioxide as a climate change mitigation strategy: performance requirements and the implications of surface seepage ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY Hepple, R. P., Benson, S. M. 2005; 47 (4): 576-585
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations - Results from the CO² Capture Project: Vol 1 - Capture and Separation of Carbon Dioxide from Combustion Sources edited by Thomas, D., Benson, S. M. Elsevier Publishing. 2005
  • Prospects for Early Detection and Options for Remediation of Leakage from CO2 Sequestration Projects Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations—Results from the CO2 Capture Project Benson, S. M., Hepple, R. Elsesvier Publishing. 2005: 1189–1203
  • Overview of Geologic Storage of CO2 Overview of Geologic Storage of CO2,” Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations—Results from the CO2 Capture Project Benson, S. M. Elsevier Publishing. 2005: 665–672
  • Lessons Learned from Natural and Industrial Analogues Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations—Results from the CO2 Capture Project Benson, S. M. Elsevier Publishing. 2005: 1133–1141
  • Technical Summary IPCC Special Report: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Rubin, E., Meyer, L., deConinck, H., Abanades, J. C., Akai, M., Benson, S. M., Caldeira, K., Cook, P., Davidson, O., Doctor, R., Dooley, J., Freund, P., Gale, J., Heidug, W., Herzog, H., Keith, D., Mazzotti, M., Osman-Elasha, B., Palmer, A., Pipatti, R., Smekens, K., Soltanieh, M., Thambimuthu, K. Cambridge University Press. 2005
  • Underground Geological Storage IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Benson, S. M., Cook, P., Anderson, H., Bachu, S., Nimir, H. B., Basu, B., Gale, J., von Goerne, G., Heidug, W., Holloway, S., Kamal, R., Keith, D., Lloyd, P., Rocha, P., Senior, B., Thomson, J., Torp, T., Wildenborg, T. Cambridge University Press. 2005
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations—Results from the CO2 Capture Project, Vol. 2: Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide with Monitoring and Verification edited by Thomas, D., Benson, S. M. Elsevier Publishing. 2005
  • Summary for Policy Makers IPCC Special Report: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Abanades, J. C., Akai, M., Benson, S. M., Caldeira, K., deConinck, H., Cook, P., Davidson, O., Doctor, R., Dooley, J., Freund, P., Gale, J., Heidug, W., Herzog, H., Keith, D., Mazzotti, M., Metz, B., Meyer, L., Osman-Elasha, B., Palmer, A., Pipatti, R., Rubin, E., Smekens, K., Soltanieh, M., Thambimuthu, K. Cambridge University Press. 2005
  • Vadose zone remediation of carbon dioxide leakage from geologic carbon dioxide sequestration sites TOUGH Symposium 2003 Zhang, Y. Q., Oldenburg, C. M., Benson, S. M. SOIL SCI SOC AMER. 2004: 858–66
  • Economic feasibility of carbon sequestration with enhanced gas recovery (CSEGR) 6th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Oldenburg, C. M., Stevens, S. H., Benson, S. M. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2004: 1413–22
  • Overview of Monitoring Techniques and Protocols for Geologic Storage Projects IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme Report Benson, S., Gasperikova, E., Hoversten, G. 2004
  • Separation and capture of CO2 from large stationary sources and sequestration in geological formations. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association Chow, J. C., Watson, J. G., Herzog, A., Benson, S. M., Hidy, G. M., Gunter, W. D., Penkala, S. J., White, C. M. 2003; 53 (10): 1172-1182

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  • Selenium speciation, solubility, and mobility in land-disposed dredged sediments ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Zawislanski, P. T., Benson, S. M., Terberg, R., Borglin, S. E. 2003; 37 (11): 2415-2420

    Abstract

    Pilot-scale tests for the land disposal of Se-enriched sediments from the San Luis Drain were performed in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Three test plots were instrumented and monitored on a dirt-road embankment near the sediment source area, providing an opportunity to measure Se oxidation and solubilization rates over a period of 2-3 yr. Soil, soil water, and groundwater data indicated that the amendment did not cause movement of dissolved Se below a depth of 15 cm. The low permeability of underlying sediments and the overall low Se solubility limit Se movement toward the groundwater table. Selenium remained in reduced forms and largely immobile at this site, although in-situ Se oxidation was measurable. Soluble Se concentrations increased from less than 0.5% to approximately 2.5% in the first 207 d following sediment application. Minor Se solubilization occurred after 439 and 704 d. Changes in Se fractionation measured using sequential extractions and Se speciation based on X-ray spectroscopy (XANES) results were in qualitative agreement. XANES results indicated initially rapid oxidation of organo-Se and/or elemental Se to selenite during the first 207 d, followed by minor oxidation after 439 d. Further solubilization of the Se inventory is anticipated, but at a low rate of 1-2% per year, comparable to rates measured in other studies.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/es020977z

    View details for Web of Science ID 000183242300038

    View details for PubMedID 12831026

  • On vertical diffusion of gases in a horizontal reservoir TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Patzek, T. W., Silin, D. B., Benson, S. M., Barenblatt, G. I. 2003; 51 (2): 141-156
  • The GEO-SEQ Project: A status report 6th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Myer, L. R., Benson, S. M., Byrer, C., Cole, D., Doughty, C. A., Gunter, W., Hoversten, G. M., Hovorka, S., Johnson, J. W., Knauss, K. G., Kovscek, A., Law, D., Lippmann, M. J., Majer, E. L., van der Meer, B., MOLINE, G., NEWMARK, R. L., Oldenburg, C. M., Orr, F. M., Pruess, K., Tsang, C. F. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2003: 1625–1628
  • Economic feasibility of carbon sequestration with enhanced gas recovery (CSEGR) 6th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Oldenburg, C. M., Stevens, S. H., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2003: 691–696
  • Health, safety and environmental risk assessment for geologic storage of carbon dioxide: Lessons learned from industrial and natural analogues 6th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Benson, S. M., Apps, J., HEPPLE, R., Lippmann, M., Tsang, C. F., Lewis, C. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2003: 243–248
  • Implications of surface seepage on the effectiveness of geologic storage of carbon dioxide as a climate change mitigation strategy 6th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Hepple, R. P., Benson, S. M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2003: 261–266
  • Capacity investigation of brine-bearing sands for geologic sequestration of CO2 6th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Doughty, C., Benson, S. M., Pruess, K. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2003: 1645–1648
  • Scientific considerations related to regulation development for CO2 sequestration in brine formations ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY Tsang, C. F., Benson, S. M., Kobelski, B., Smith, R. E. 2002; 42 (2-3): 275-281
  • New evidence for the combined influence of vapor condensation and thermal convection on groundwater monitoring wells ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY Solodov, I. N., Malkovsky, V. I., Pek, A. A., Benson, S. M. 2002; 42 (2-3): 145-150
  • Monitoring to Ensure Safe and Effective Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Workshop on Carbon SequestrationIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Workshop on Carbon Sequestration, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, November 18-22, 2002 Benson, S. M., Myer, L. 2002
  • Ecological Risk Assessment Example: Waterfowl and Shorebirds Feeding in Ephemeral Pools at Kesterson Reservoir, California Handbook of Ecotoxicology Byron, E. R., Ohlendorf, H. M., Santolo, G. M., Benson, S. M., Zawislanksi, P. T., Tokunaga, T. K. 2002: 977–1006
  • Process modeling of CO2 injection into natural gas reservoirs for carbon sequestration and enhanced gas recovery ACS Division of Fuel Chemistry Symposium on CO2 Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration at the National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society Oldenburg, C. M., Pruess, K., Benson, S. M. AMER CHEMICAL SOC. 2001: 293–98
  • The GEO-SEQ Project 5th International Conference on Greenshouse Gas Control Technologies Benson, S. M., Myer, L. C S I R O. 2001: 337–341
  • CO2 Injection for Enhanced Gas Production and Carbon Sequestration, paper SPE-74367 Proceedings of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Inc. SPE International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, February 10-12, 2002, Villahermosa, Mexico Oldenburg, C. M., Benson, S. M. 2000
  • Dynamics of Fluids in Fractured Rock Geophysical Monograph Series edited by Faybishenko, B., Witherspoon, P. A., Benson, S. M. American Geophysical Union. 2000
  • Carbon Dioxide Reuse and Sequestration: The State of the Art Today Energy 2000: State of the Art Benson, S. M., Dorchak, T., Jacobs, G., Ekmann, J., Bishop, J., Grahame, T. 2000: 205–226
  • Assessment of basic research needs for greenhouse gas control technologies 4th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-4) Benson, S. M., Chandler, W., Edmonds, J., Houghton, J., Levine, M., Bates, L., Chum, H., Dooley, J., Grether, D., Logan, J., Wiltsee, G., Wright, L. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 1999: 457–462
  • In situ microbial volatilization of selenium in soils: A case history 5th International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium Zawislanski, P. T., Benson, S. M., JAYAWEERA, G. R., Wu, L., Frankenberger, W. T. BATTELLE PRESS. 1999: 141–146
  • Influence of Nitrate on the Mobility and Reduction Kinetics of Selenium in Groundwater Systems Environmental Chemistry of Selenium Benson, S. M. edited by Frankenberger, W. T., Engberg, R. A. Marcel Dekker, Inc.. 1997: 437–457
  • Field Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Microbial Volatilization in Selenium Remediation from Soils Proceedings of the I&EC Special Symposium of the American Chemical Society Zawislanski, P., Benson, S., Jayaweera, G., Frankenberger, W., Wu, L. 1997
  • The SELECT environmental remedy selection tool: A platform for T2VOC multiphase transport modeling AIChE Symposium on Heat Transfer, at the 30th National Heat Transfer Conference Oldenburg, C., Benson, S., Pruess, K., DAISEY, J., Brown, N., Gold, L., MacFarlane, J. AMER INST CHEMICAL ENGINEERS. 1995: 38–43
  • HYDROLOGIC CHARACTERIZATION OF HETEROGENEOUS GEOLOGIC MEDIA WITH AN INVERSE METHOD BASED ON ITERATED FUNCTION SYSTEMS WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Doughty, C., Long, J. C., Hestir, K., Benson, S. M. 1994; 30 (6): 1721-1745
  • TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL MONITORING OF SOIL SELENIUM AT KESTERSON RESERVOIR, CALIFORNIA WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION Wahl, C., Benson, S., SANTOLO, G. 1994; 74 (3-4): 345-361
  • Field Investigations of Selenium Speciation, Transformation, and Transport in Soils from Kesterson Reservoir and Lahontan Valley Selenium in the Environmen Tokunaga, T. K., Zawislanski, P. T., Johannis, P. W., Benson, S. M. Marcel Dekker, Inc.. 1994
  • Selenium in the Environment edited by Frankenberger, Jr., W. T., Benson, S. M. Marcel Dekker. 1994
  • Textural Factors Affecting Permeability at the MWD Well Field, Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina Southeastern Geology Kegley, W. P., Fallaw, W. C., Snipes, D. S., Benson, S. M., P. Jr., V. 1994; 34 (3): 139-161
  • KESTERSON CRISIS NATIONAL CONF ON IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE Benson, S. M., DELAMORE, M., Hoffman, S. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 1993: 471–83
  • BARE SOIL EVAPORATION AND SOLUTE MOVEMENT IN SELENIUM-CONTAMINATED SOILS OF KESTERSON RESERVOIR JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY Zawislanski, P. T., TOKUNAGA, T. K., Benson, S. M., OLDFATHER, J. M., Narasimhan, T. N. 1992; 21 (3): 447-457
  • SELENIUM IN KESTERSON RESERVOIR EPHEMERAL POOLS FORMED BY GROUNDWATER RISE .1. A FIELD-STUDY JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TOKUNAGA, T. K., Benson, S. M. 1992; 21 (2): 246-251
  • SOIL SELENIUM FRACTIONATION, DEPTH PROFILES AND TIME TRENDS IN A VEGETATED SITE AT KESTERSON RESERVOIR INTERNATIONAL CONF ON METALS IN SOILS, WATERS, PLANTS AND ANIMALS TOKUNAGA, T. K., Lipton, D. S., Benson, S. M., YEE, A. W., OLDFATHER, J. M., DUCKART, E. C., JOHANNIS, P. W., Halvorsen, K. E. SPRINGER. 1991: 31–41
  • GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION AT THE KESTERSON RESERVOIR, CALIFORNIA .1. HYDROGEOLOGIC SETTING AND CONSERVATIVE SOLUTE TRANSPORT WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Benson, S. M., White, A. F., HALFMAN, S., FLEXSER, S., Alavi, M. 1991; 27 (6): 1071-1084
  • GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION AT THE KESTERSON RESERVOIR, CALIFORNIA .2. GEOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS INFLUENCING SELENIUM MOBILITY WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH White, A. F., Benson, S. M., YEE, A. W., WOLLENBERG, H. A., FLEXSER, S. 1991; 27 (6): 1085-1098
  • A Laboratory Investigation of Foam Flow in Sandstone at Elevated Pressure SPE Reservoir Engineering Persoff, P., Radke, C. J., Pruess, K., Benson, S. M., Witherspoon, P. A. 1991: 365-372
  • APPLICATION OF AN EXPERT SYSTEM FOR ANALYSIS OF GEOTHERMAL WELL TESTS EXPERT SYSTEMS WITH APPLICATIONS Mensch, A., Benson, S. M. 1991; 3 (2): 298-298
  • SELENIUM IMMOBILIZATION IN A POND SEDIMENT AT KESTERSON RESERVOIR JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY LONG, R. H., Benson, S. M., TOKUNAGA, T. K., Yee, A. 1990; 19 (2): 302-311
  • Saline Groundwater Plume Mapping with Electromagnetics Geotechnical and Environmental Geophysics Goldstein, N. E., Benson, S. M., Alumbaugh, D. Society of Exploration Geophysics. 1990: 17–25
  • AQUEOUS FOAMS FOR CONTROL OF GAS MIGRATION AND WATER CONING IN AQUIFER GAS-STORAGE ENERGY SOURCES Persoff, P., Pruess, K., Benson, S. M., Wu, Y. S., RADKE, C. J., Witherspoon, P. A., SHIKARI, Y. A. 1990; 12 (4): 479-497
  • Permeability Enhancement due to Cold Water Injection: A Case Study at the Los Azufres Geothermal Field, Mexico Proceedings of the 1989 Final CFE/US Geothermal Symposium Benson, S., Daggett, J., Ortiz, J., Iglesias, E. 1989
  • TRANSPORT OF A CONSERVATIVE SOLUTE THROUGH A SHALLOW POND BOTTOM 8TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FRONT RANGE BRANCH OF THE AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION : HYDROLOGY DAYS LONG, R. H., Benson, S., Alavi, M., Narasimhan, T. N. HYDROLOGY DAYS PUBLICATIONS. 1988: 13–31
  • Nonisothermal Effects During Injection and Falloff Tests SPE Formation Evaluation Benson, S. M., Bodvarsson, G. S. 1986; 1 (1): 53-63

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  • THE KRAFLA GEOTHERMAL-FIELD, ICELAND .1. ANALYSIS OF WELL TEST DATA WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Bodvarsson, G. S., Benson, S. M., Sigurdsson, O., Stefansson, V., Eliasson, E. T. 1984; 20 (11): 1515-1530
  • Analysis of Interference Data in a Highly Heterogeneous Naturally Fractured Geothermal Reservoir Proceedings of the 59th Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Engineers of AIME Benson, S. M., Lai, C. H. 1984: 236–48
  • A Pressure Transient Method for Front Tracking Proceedings of the 58th Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Benson, S. M., Godvarsson, G. S. 1983
  • THEORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS CHARGED BY VERTICAL FAULTS JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH Bodvarsson, G. S., Benson, S. M., Witherspoon, P. A. 1982; 87 (NB11): 9317-9328
  • WELLBORE EFFECTS IN THE ANALYSIS OF 2-PHASE GEOTHERMAL WELL TESTS SOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERS JOURNAL Miller, C. W., Benson, S. M., OSULLIVAN, M. J., Pruess, K. 1982; 22 (3): 309-320
  • Well Interference Tests at the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field Geothermics Shroeder, R. C., Goranson, C. B., Benson, S. M., Lippmann, M. J. 1980; 9: 179-187
  • Well Interference Tests at the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field Geothermics Schroeder, R., Goranson, C., Benson, S., Lippmann, M. 1980; 9: 179-187
  • Well Interference Tests at the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field Geothermics Schroeder, R. C., Goranson, C. B., Benson, S. M., Lippmann, M. J. 1980; 9: 179-187