USGS in South Korea

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 For several years, KIGAM, the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, has hosted an international program for geoscience resources (IS-Geo).  The IS-Geo program draws together federal and private-sector professionals from the international community to discuss a range of specific geoscience and mineral topics.

KIGAM is a federal research facility with a similar mission as the USGS (geologic studies, resources, water, hazards), and it's situated in a big research park filled with federal facilities; Korea Basic Science Institute, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and the National Fusion Research Institute

USGS participated in the final week of a three-week program on unconventional oil and gas resources, a week focused on gas hydrates.  Discussion topics ranged from fundamental gas hydrate information about where gas hydrates occur in nature and how gas hydrates interact with a changing environment, all the way to engineering application issues related to extracting methane from gas hydrate as an energy resource.

Including the three USGS and 1 Department of Energy participant, there were 27 participants from 9 countries.  The program also offered time for the USGS participants to meet with their KIGAM collaborators to advance a number of joint research opportunities that were created as part of a 2016 collaborative science meeting hosted by the USGS in Denver with KIGAM, DOE and other U.S. gas hydrate research groups.

USGS scientists in front of a painted archway in South Korea
USGS scientists, Bill Waite, Tim Collett, and Seth Haines in front of a archway in Daejeon, South Korea(Public domain.)
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Tim Collett, research geologist in gas hydrates, is chief for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resources Program gas hydrate research efforts offering a presentation on unconventional oil and gas resources at KIGAM, the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources in Daejeon, South Korea(Credit: Bill Waite, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)