Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Biodiversity


Methodology to Aid in Selection of Technology in an Environmentally Friendly Well Plan

Project Objective

The overall objective of the project is to document ecosystem management tools and metrics that may be used in coastal, offshore and Arctic regions and then determine which tool(s) could be most applicable. The goal is to determine how the various Arctic marine ecosystem services can be observed, measured, modeled and assessed over time. The project will also establish a network of researchers that can collaborate to advance the knowledge of ecosystem measurement tools and the understanding of risk management issues. The project will explore how to use the ecosystem management tools and metrics to assess the value of the natural capital of the Arctic.

Project Management

The EFD program is led by the Houston advanced Research Center (HARC, led by Dr. Rich Haut ( Dr. Rich Haut is the Principle Investigator of the project described in the attachment below.


The deliverables from this task will be reports documenting the development of the prototype The first deliverable will be an engineering report describing a prototype systems model that will be provided to regional centers to use in developing low impact well designs for specific unconventional gas resource plays. The second deliverable will be a report defining the link between the EFD Scorecard and the Systems Engineering Design Methodology for the RPSEA EFD partners.

Schedule and Cost

Sponsor fees for the project are $100,000 for three years ($50,000 for each of the first two years, third year no fee).  Sponsors would serve as Advisors to the project managers, and help to establish milestones and deliverables from the research. If the project is organized as a GPRI project, sponsors would also share IP developed from the project. 

Value of the Project to Sponsors

Business benefits come from less costly measures to operate in environmentally sensitive ecosystems. Specific benefits are derived by having a design methodology that can assist engineers choose the most appropriate field development options, based on environmental constraints and management priorities.

.   Environmental benefits stem from reduced environmental footprint because of reduction of the footprint created by drilling operations.

A cost benefit analysis of the use of technologies will be invaluable to both policy makers and operators as natural resource development in sensitive ecosystems occurs.

Contact Information

Rich Haut ( 281 364 6093

David B Burnett ( 979 845 2274 (technical administration)

David Burnett,
Sep 16, 2009, 11:29 AM