Carbon Management's Effect on Water Stress Workshop

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 8:30am EDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Derrick Wu

This workshop was co-located with the Engineering Founding Societies' Carbon Management Technology Conference and explored the negative relationships between carbon and water management. Managing carbon often means increased water consumption and the workshop explored the significance and potential limitations on water management as a result of increased water requirements. Topics included the water cost of carbon sequestration, hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, biofuel production and the effect of agriculture. Presentations led to significant recognition and discussion of these issues, and identified next steps.

The chair of this workshop was Danny Reible, Texas Tech University.


The workshop was structured to have a small audience, allowing for discussion as a group around a few presentations. This was a one-day workshop focusing on the water implications of carbon management. The schedule was as follows (links to the presentations included):

7:30AM-8:30AM Registration
Opening Session
8:30AM-8:40AM Welcome
Danny Reible (Texas Tech/ISWS) and Darlene Schuster (ISWS)
8:40AM-9:00AM Introduction, Scope and Charge
Danny Reible
Water and Carbon Managed Power Generation and Consumption
9:00AM-9:20AM Water usage for Fossil-Fuel Power Generation Under Carbon Constraints
Haibo Zhai (Carnegie Mellon University)
9:20AM-9:40AM Water Usage Associated to the Switch to Gas from Hydraulic Fracturing
Danny Reible (Texas Tech)
9:40AM-10:00AM Energy Conservation in Homes: What are the Implications for Water?
Mike Blackhurst (University of Texas)
10:00AM-10:45AM Discussion:  Carbon Constraints, Energy Conservation and Water Consumption
10:45AM-11:00AM  Break
11:00AM-11:20AM Water for Biofuels: Implications for Energy, Food and Environment
Ximing Cai (University of Illinois & Urbana-Champaign)
11:20AM-11:40AM Carbon Management in Agriculture: Effects on Water
Venki Uddameri (Texas Tech)
11:40AM-12:15PM Discussion: Water and Carbon Management for Biofuels and Agriculture
12:15PM-12:30PM General Discussion and Next Steps
12:30PM-2:30PM Lunch and Continued Discussion with Engineering Societies