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Members of the CODATA Task Group on Gas Hydrates take a break from their deliberations about creating a worldwide data base on gas-hydrate occurrence and properties.
Attendees: Members of the CODATA Task Group on Gas Hydrates take a break from their deliberations about creating a worldwide data base on gas-hydrate occurrence and properties.
The Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Task Group on Gas Hydrates Data met in Paris on April 4-5 to discuss plans for conducting regional workshops and to evaluate the content of specific gas-hydrate-related topics. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Bill Winters (Woods Hole Field Center) presented a template for documenting the occurrence and properties of natural and synthetic gas hydrates.

CODATA is a Paris-based international organization, formed more than 30 years ago to promote the collection, management, manipulation, access to, and understanding of data sets in science and technology. Its 21 international committees are dedicated to the principle that science and technology contain common features which can and must be shared by everyone, and they work to improve the quality and reliability of those data sets.

Kathleen Cass is the Executive Director of CODATA. The Gas Hydrate Task Group is chaired by Fedor Kuznetsov (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Novosibirsk, Russia). Representatives from Canada (John Ripmeester, National Research Council, Ottawa), China, France, India, Russia, and the United States (Dendy Sloan, Colorado School of Mines, and Yuri Makogon, Texas A&M University) attended the gas-hydrate planning session. The regional Canadian-U.S. CODATA meeting will be held May 13 during the national American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) convention in Salt Lake City.

Bill also presented an invited talk about gas hydrates at the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (USTL). Potential future collaborations were discussed with Viviane Bout-Roumazeilles and Alain Trentesaux (USTL) and Laurent Labeyrie (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Gif-sur-Yvette), principals on a joint French Polar Institute-USGS giant piston-coring cruise conducted during July 2002 . Tom Lorenson (USGS, Menlo Park, CA) and Charlie Paull (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) were also principal investigators on that U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded cruise to study the potential distribution of gas hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico.

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CODATA - Committee on Data for Science and Technology
International Council for Science (ICSU)
Gas Hydrate Studies
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