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Monitoring subsurface CO2 emplacement and security of storage using muon tomography

Kudryavtsev, V.A.; Spooner, N.C.; Gluyas, J.G.; Fung, C.; Coleman, M.L.


V.A. Kudryavtsev

N.C. Spooner

C. Fung

M.L. Coleman


Storage of supercritical carbon dioxide in the deep subsurface is arguably the most viable industrial scale process available to stop increase of atmospheric CO2. Today, monitoring CO2 emplacement and possible leakage is a major challenge; methods are episodic and expensive. Cosmic-ray muon tomography has been used to investigate hidden archaeological and geological features. We developed a model to test if this approach would work for monitoring CO2 storage and show that muon detection is a viable method. Our results indicate that we could detect as little as 0.4% change in the mean reservoir density at about 1 km depth (equivalent to 7% of pore volume). Hence, cosmic ray muon detection could monitor migration of injected CO2 continuously and inexpensively and help rapid introduction of this essential technology.


Kudryavtsev, V., Spooner, N., Gluyas, J., Fung, C., & Coleman, M. (2012). Monitoring subsurface CO2 emplacement and security of storage using muon tomography. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 11, 21-24.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2012
Deposit Date Apr 23, 2012
Journal International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Print ISSN 1750-5836
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Pages 21-24
Keywords Carbon capture and storage monitoring, Muon tomography, Cosmic-ray muons.