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Desk and Derrick Region VII Keynote Speech

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Desk and Derrick Region VII Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Evening keynote speech, May 29, 2010.

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Desk and Derrick Region VII Keynote Speech

  1. 1. Desk and Derrick<br />Region VII<br />Evening Keynote Speech<br />Gordon M. Groat , PhD (abd) , MSc (hon), BGS, Asc(hon)<br />
  2. 2. Global Climate Change<br />One of the biggest Supercomputer Farms is NEC’s Earth Simulator<br />CO2<br />Orbital Eccentricity <br />Axial Tilt<br />Precision<br />Volcanic Activity<br />Aerosols<br />Clouds<br />Vapour<br />Methane<br />32 tera FLOPS – i.e. 32 trillion floating point operations per second<br />
  3. 3. Another look at Earth Simulator<br />
  4. 4. Solar activity & Orbital Centricity<br />
  5. 5. Milankovitch Cyclesand Glaciation<br /><ul><li>Eccentricity
  6. 6. Axial Tilt
  7. 7. Precession</li></li></ul><li>Volcanic Activity<br />
  8. 8. NASA image 3 years after eruption<br />
  9. 9. Glacial Deterioration<br />
  10. 10. Glacial Deterioration<br />South Cascade Glacier<br />
  11. 11. Glacial Deterioration<br />Grinnell Glacier in 1940<br />BEFORE: Grinnell Glacier taken from the Grinnell Glacier Overlook off the Highline Trail, Glacier National Park. The view of Grinnell Glacier taken circa 1940 shows the early formation of Upper Grinnell Lake, a pro-glacier lake visible at the terminus of the glacier.<br />
  12. 12. Glacial Deterioration<br />Grinnel Glacier in 2005<br />AFTER: The lake continues to enlarge as the glacier recedes. Icebergs can be seen floating in Upper Grinnell Lake in this photo taken in 2005.<br />
  13. 13. Polar Deterioration<br />
  14. 14. CO2 is a greenhouse gas<br />
  15. 15. CO2 Ice Core Data <br />
  16. 16. Image of Global Carbon Sinks<br />
  17. 17. Why is this important for Canada and the United States?<br />All Earth Emissions<br /> (after top 10 countries)<br />China<br />Canada<br />USA<br />
  18. 18. 2007 Emissions Per Capita<br />Gross Tonnageas of 2006<br />#1 – China<br />#2 - USA<br />#3 - Russia<br />#4 – India<br />#5 - Japan<br />Why China, Russia, and India talk “per capita”<br />They’re not on the list!<br />
  19. 19. GHG Global Emissions<br />
  20. 20. Canada and AlbertaLargest Scale CO2 Facility in Canada<br />Alberta Investment<br /><ul><li>431 million over the next 15 years
  21. 21. $5 million for front-end engineering and design</li></ul>Government of Canada investment<br /><ul><li> $343 million</li></li></ul><li>Canada and AlbertaLong Term Plans<br /><ul><li>1.1 million tonnes of CO2 sequestered at ScotfordUpgrader
  22. 22. (865 million investment by Alberta – EOR value add)
  23. 23. Alberta will sequester 140 million tonnes of CO2 by 2050
  24. 24. Canada will sequester 600 million tonnes of CO2 by 2050</li></li></ul><li>CO2 footprint reductionAlberta Synthetic Crude produced with a smaller footprint than a barrel of Saudi Light<br />
  25. 25. CO2 Sequestration<br />Alberta Carbon Trunk Line<br />40,000 tonnes per day of capacity<br />330,000 cars off the road up front<br />2,600,000 cars off the road at capacity<br />
  26. 26. Desk and Derrick<br />Region VII<br />

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