Marine Biogeochemistry

A3 – Simulation of Gas Hydrate Accumulations

In sub-project A3 an innovative new 3-D module for modeling the formation of basin-wide gas hydrate accumulations has been implemented into the commercial software package PetroMod of Schlumberger AaTC. This unique model will now be calibrated and refined with available data sets from different permafrost and marine gas hydrate deposits (e.g., Alaska North Slope, Gulf of Mexico). Thus, PetroMod now combines its leading art of petroleum system modeling with microbial POC degradation kinetics to predict gas hydrate formation and stability over the geological history of a basin. A3 simulations are complementary to the reservoir modeling in B1.


Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung (GEOMAR)
Dr. Christian Hensen
FB2 / Marine Geosysteme
Wischhofstr. 1-3, D-24148 Kiel
Telefon: +49 431 600-2567
Fax: +49 431 600-2916
E-Mail: chensen(at)

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, 345 Middlefield Td MS-999, Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA 

OSU, Oregon State University, College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences, 104 COAS Adminstration Building, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-5503, USA 

Schlumberger Aachen Technology Center, Ritterstr. 23, 52072 Aachen