Projects &
Research
Opportunities

Well-respected research is the cornerstone of our work. Our projects are focused on building long-term understanding and filling in gaps in the scientific body of knowledge that informs emissions reduction strategies.

Results will be reviewed by an external Scientific Advisory Board, and our team will work to disseminate the results and launch external engagement strategies to broadcast our findings to the broader research community.

All of this is made possible by combining resources into a single unified approach that leverages all datasets, avoids redundancy, and maximizes efficiency.

Roadmap For Research and Development

timeline of CAMS development from Q1 2018 to Q4 2023

Completed Projects/Projects Underway

Value: CAMS is developing the most comprehensive emission estimation tool for production sites in the world.

Methane Emission Estimation Tool (MEET), Phase 1

The goal of the Methane Emission Estimation Tool, or MEET model, is to develop a freely available and flexible tool for constructing methane emission inventories representative of several key production areas.

This open-source model will gather emissions and activity data from libraries of quality-assured, harmonized data sets or from data provided by users to provide more holistic assessment of emission signatures as they would occur over the lifetime of a piece of equipment.

The results offer an open source emission estimation tool representative of realistic emission patterns for equipment types – not simple steady state emission assumptions.

By gathering this emissions data, the modeling will provide the ability to customize and/or aggregate emission estimates across a variety of scales.

Having such robust modeling will provide a low-cost ability to assess any potential impacts of different mitigation technologies—and help quantify uncertainties in emissions estimates.

Value: The data will inform resource prioritization for repair of leaking equipment.

Permian Emissions Survey By Equipment Type

This project resulted in the identification and quantification of high-emitting pieces of equipment within the Permian basin—informing resource prioritization for repair of leaking equipment.

Using anonymous baseline leak rate data from equipment, the project will provide the ability to analyze the frequency and volume of emissions by equipment type. This information will help us identify the most effective mitigation strategies and how best to deploy resources to address leaks.

Data collected during this survey will be used to develop a use case for the MEET model—along with other top-down data from sources such as Permian MAP, Tropomi, and others to demonstrate reconciliation of uncertainty associated with top-down data collection, treatment, and extrapolation methods.

This additional dataset will help discern optimal placement of a mesh methane monitoring network and provide actionable data to address real-world emissions scenarios in the Project Astra West Texas Methane Showdown project.

Projects Getting Started

Value: This project will validate the MEET model in real-world scenarios and produce emission profiles for equipment in different modes of operation and over time.

Methane Emissions Estimation Tool (MEET), Phase 2

The use case demonstration of the MEET model will result in an effective way to estimate methane hot spots and hot moments throughout the 1,000-site test region in the Permian Basin.​

This second phase of work will be critically important, because it focuses time and resources directly to known issues and informs targeted engineering solutions for repeat leakers.

This data also moves monitoring from an individual, well-specific process to a more cohesive approach that identifies opportunities to make the most environmental progress as possible. This will demonstrate where resources could be targeted for continued monitoring as well as investment in mitigation options.

Results from the phase 2 MEET Model project will help validate the model in real-world situations, which can provide a pathway toward regulatory acceptance of this estimation technique and demonstrate the emissions profiles for equipment in different modes of operation and over time.

Members will be able to directly apply the lessons learned into their mitigation strategies.

Value: We are filling significant emission data gaps in the value chain. Emission reduction from new fleets will be realized.

Emissions Characterization of LNG Offshore Vessels

This project will determine methane contributions of LNG offshore transport vessels while in port and at sea. There are currently no credible, independent datasets on emissions associated with offshore LNG transport. The data produced from this project can be used to compare emissions profiles of diesel-powered vintage vessels with newer, greener fleets coming on line every year – demonstrating emissions reduction within the value chain.

Value: Members will have access to continuous emission monitoring data of production sites, as well as performance results of latest stationary array monitors for only $100,000. This effort demonstrates synergy (not redundancy) with other programs.

Project Astra West Texas Methane Showdown

This project will provide members with access to continuous emissions monitoring data of production sites, as well as performance results of the latest stationary array monitors being evaluated as part of Project Astra.

The project will test the accuracy and efficacy of commercially available, high-frequency sensors in real-world operating conditions. The West Texas Methane Showdown project turns the theoretical into the tangible, providing data on real-world operating conditions.

CAMS members can leverage this information for their mitigation strategies, and the data may provide a pathway to alternative compliance options for leak detection and repair.