Survey strategies to quantify and optimize detecting probability of a CO2 seep in a varying marine environment

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2016
Date published: 09/2016
Authors: Hilde Hvidevold, Guttorm Alendal, Truls Johannessen, Alfatih Ali
Journal title: Environmental Modelling & Software
Volume: 83
Pages: 303 - 309
ISSN: 13648152

Designing a marine monitoring program that detects CO2 leaks from subsea geological storage projects is challenging. The high variability of the environment may camouflage the anticipated anisotropic signal from a leak and there are a number of leak scenarios. Marine operations are also costly constraining the availability of measurements. A method based on heterogeneous leak scenarios and anisotropic predictions of chemical footprint under varying current conditions is presented. Through a cost function optimal placement of sensors can be given both for fixed installations and series of measurements during surveys. Ten fixed installations with an optimal layout is better than twenty placed successively at the locations with highest leakage probability. Hence, optimal localizations of installations offers cost reduction without compromising precision of a monitoring program, e.g. quantifying and reduce probabilities of false alarm under control. An optimal cruise plan for surveys, minimizing transit time and operational costs, can be achieved.

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