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Patrick Dobson's Publications

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Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Vasco, D.W., Rutqvist, J., Ferretti, A., Rucci,. A., Bellotti, F., Dobson, P., Oldenburg, C., Garcia, J., Walters, M., and Hartline, C. (in press) Monitoring deformation at the Geysers Geothermal Field, California using C-band and X-band interferometric synthetic aperture radar. Geophys. Res. Lett. DOI: 10.1002/grl.50314.
  • Finsterle, S., Zhang, Y., Pan, L., Dobson, P., and Oglesby, K. (2013) Microhole arrays for improving heat mining from enhanced geothermal systems. Geothermics 47, 104-115.
  • Oldenburg, C.M., Doughty, C., Peters, C.A., and Dobson, P.F. (2012) Simulations of long-column flow experiments related to geologic carbon sequestration: Effects of outer wall boundary condition on upward flow and formation of liquid CO2. Greenhouse Gases Sci. Technol. 2, 279–303.
  • Dobson, P.F., Ghezzehei, T.A., Cook, P.J., Rodriguez-Pineda, J.A., Villalba, L., and de la Garza, R. (2012) Heterogeneous seepage at the Nopal I natural analogue site, Chihuahua, Mexico. Hydrogeol. J. 20, 155–166.
  • Goldstein, S.J., Abdel-Fattah, A.I., Murrell, M.T., Dobson, P.F., Norman, D.E., Amato, R.S., and Nunn, A.J. (2010) Uranium-series constraints on radionuclide transport and groundwater flow at the Nopal I uranium deposit, Sierra Peña Blanca, Mexico.  Environ. Sci. Tech. 44, 1579–1586, DOI: 10.1021/es902689e (LBNL-3119E).
  • Ku, T.L., Luo, S., Goldstein, S.J., Murrell, M.T., Chu, W.L., and Dobson, P.F. (2009) Modeling non-steady state radioisotope transport in the vadose zone – A case study using uranium isotopes at Peña Blanca, Mexico. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 73, 6052–6064 (LBNL-2304E).
  • Blank, J.G., Green, S.J., Blake, D., Valley, J.W., Kita, N.T., Treiman, A., and Dobson, P.F. (2009) An alkaline spring system within the Del Puerto Ophiolite (California, USA): A Mars analog site. Planet. Space Sci. 57, 533–540 (LBNL-1160E).
  • Dobson, P.F., Fayek, M., Goodell, P., Ghezzehei, T.A., Melchor, F., Murrell, M.T., Oliver, R., Reyes-Cortés, I., de la Garza, R., and Simmons, A. (2008) Stratigraphy of the PB-1 well, Nopal I uranium deposit, Sierra Peña Blanca, Chihuahua, Mexico, Internat. Geol. Rev. 50, 959–974 (LBNL-914E).
  • Dobson, P.F., Blank, J.G., Maruyama, S., and Liou, J.G. (2006) Petrology and geochemistry of boninite series volcanic rocks, Chichi-jima, Bonin Islands, Japan, Internat. Geol. Rev. 48, 669–701 (LBNL #57671).
  • Verma, S.P., Torres-Alvarado, I.S., Satir, M., and Dobson, P.F. (2005) Hydrothermal alteration effects in geochemistry and Sr, Nd, Pb, and O isotopes of magmas from the Los Azufres geothermal field (Mexico): A statistical approach. Geochem. Jour. 39, 141–163 (LBNL #61864).
  • Dobson, P.F., Salah, S., Spycher, N., and Sonnenthal, E. (2004) Simulation of water-rock interaction in the Yellowstone geothermal system using TOUGHREACT. Geothermics 33, 493–502 (LBNL #52550 Jart).
  • Hickman, R.G., Dobson, P.F., van Gerven, M., Sagala, B., and Gunderson, R.P. (2004) Tectonic and stratigraphic evolution of the Sarulla Graben region, North Sumatra, Indonesia. J. Asian Earth Sci. 23, 435–448 (LBNL #51196).
  • Dobson, P.F., Kneafsey, T.J., Hulen, J., and Simmons, A. (2003) Porosity, permeability, and fluid flow in the Yellowstone geothermal system, Wyoming. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 123, 313–324 (LBNL #50044).
  • Dobson, P.F., Kneafsey, T.J., Sonnenthal, E.L., Spycher, N., and Apps, J.A. (2003) Experimental and numerical simulation of dissolution and precipitation: Implications for fracture sealing at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. J. Contam. Hydrol. 62-63, 459–476 (LBNL # 48872).
  • Moore, D.E., Hickman, S., Lockner, D.A., and Dobson, P.F. (2001) Hydrothermal minerals and microstructures in the Silangkitang geothermal field along the Great Sumatran fault zone, Sumatra, Indonesia. Geol. Soc. Amer. Bull. 113, 1179–1192 (LBNL#49241).
  • Dobson, P.F., Skogby, H, and Rossman, G.R. (1995) Water in boninite glass and coexisting orthopyroxene: concentration and partitioning. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 118, 414–419.
  • Cousens, B.L., Spera, F.J., and Dobson, P.F. (1993) Post-eruptive alteration of silicic ignimbrites and lavas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands: Strontium, neodymium, lead, and oxygen isotopic evidence. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 57, 631–640.
  • Dobson, P.F., Epstein, S., and Stolper, E.M. (1989) Hydrogen isotope fractionation between coexisting vapor and silicate glasses and melts at low pressure. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 53, 2723–2730.
  • Banner, J.L., Wasserburg, G.J., Dobson, P.F., Carpenter, A.B., and Moore, C.H. (1989) Isotopic and trace element constraints on the origin and evolution of saline groundwaters from central Missouri. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 53, 383–398.
  • Dobson, P.F., and Tilton, G. (1989) Th, U and Pb systematics of boninite series volcanic rocks from Chichi-jima, Bonin Islands, Japan. in Boninites, A.J. Crawford, ed., Unwin Hyman Ltd, London, 396–415.
  • Dobson, P.F., and O'Neil, J.R. (1987) Stable isotope compositions and water contents of boninite series volcanic rocks from Chichi-jima, Bonin Islands, Japan. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 82, 75-86.
  • Dobson, P.F., and Mahood, G.A. (1985) Volcanic stratigraphy of the Los Azufres geothermal area, Mexico. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 25, 273–287.

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Other Publications

  • Perry, F.V., Dobson, P.F., and Kelley, R.E. (2013) Assessment of alternative host-rock distribution in the U.S. using GIS. International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference 2013, Albuquerque, NM, April 28 – May 2, 2013, American Nuclear Society 85–93.
  • Dobson, P.F., Kennedy, B.M., Reich, M., Sanchez, P., and Morata, D. (2013) Effects of volcanism, crustal thickness, and large scale faulting on the He isotope signatures of geothermal systems in Chile. Proceedings, 38th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Feb. 11-13, 2013.
  • Jung, Y., Xu, T., Dobson, P.F., Chang, N., and Petro, M. (2013) Experiment-based modeling of geochemical interactions in CO2-based geothermal systems. Proceedings, 38th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Feb. 11-13, 2013.
  • Rutqvist, J., Dobson, P.F., Garcia, J., Hartline, C., Oldenburg, C.M., Vasco, D.W., and Walters, M. (2013) Pre-stimulation coupled THM modeling related to the northwest Geysers EGS demonstration project. Proceedings, 38th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Feb. 11-13, 2013.
  • Petro, M., Zesch, J., Chang, N., Bell, A., Kole, A., Rodkin, A., Dobson, P.F., Jung, Y., and Xu, T. (2013) Experimental study of rock-fluid interactions using automated multi-channel system operated under conditions of CO2-based geothermal systems. Proceedings, 38th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Feb. 11-13, 2013.
  • Oldenburg, C.M., Doughty, C., Peters, C.A., and Dobson, P.F. (2013) Simulations of upward leakage of CO2 in long-column flow experiments: Effect of lateral boundary condition. Energy Procedia, in press.
  • Oldenburg, C.M., Doughty, C., Peters, C.A., and Dobson, P.F. (2012) Simulations of upward leakage of CO2 in long-column flow experiments: Effect of lateral boundary condition. Proceedings, TOUGH Symposium 2012, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, Sept. 17-19, 2012.
  • Zhang, Y., Pan, L., Dobson, P., Oglesby, K., and Finsterle, S. (2012) Simulating microhole-based heat mining from enhanced geothermal systems. Proceedings, TOUGH Symposium 2012, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, Sept. 17-19, 2012.
  • Xu, T., Dobson, P.F., and Petro, M. (2012) The solubility and kinetics of minerals under CO2-EGS geothermal conditions: Comparison of experimental and modeling results. Geotherm. Res. Coun. Trans. 36, 589-595.
  • Dobson, P.F., Matthews Seperas, D., Walters, M., Howarth, C., and Moulton, S. (2012) Calpine geothermal visitor center upgrade project – An interactive approach to geothermal outreach and education at The Geysers. Geotherm. Res. Coun. Trans. 36, 399-405.
  • Zhang, Y., Pan, L., Dobson, P., Oglesby, K., and Finsterle, S. (2012) Microholes for improved heat extraction from EGS reservoirs: Numerical evaluation. Proceedings, 37th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2012.
  • Petro, M., Song, L., Bell, A., Tuganov, A., Parajuly, K., Dobson, P., Xu, T., and Pruess, K. (2012) System and methodology for rapid evaluation of geothermal rock-fluid interactions associated with CO2-EGS. Proceedings, 37th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2012.
  • Peters, C.A., Dobson, P.F., Oldenburg, C.M., Wang, J.S.Y., Onstott ,T.C., Scherer, G.W., Freifeld, B.M., Ramakrishnan, T.S., Stabinski, E.L., Liang, K., and Verma, S. (2011) LUCI: A facility at DUSEL for large-scale experimental study of geologic carbon sequestration. Energy Procedia 4, 5050–5057.
  • Levy, S., Goldstein, S., Dobson, P.F., Goodell, P., Ku, T.L., Abdel-Fattah, A., Saulnier, G., Fayek, M., and de la Garza, R. (2011) Peña Blanca natural analogue project: Summary of activities. International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, April 10-14, 2011, Albuquerque, NM, American Nuclear Society, 330–341.
  • Brophy, P., Lippmann, M.J., Dobson, P.F., and Poux, B., Eds. (2010) The Geysers geothermal field – Update 1990-2010. Geotherm. Res. Coun. Special Report 20, 237 p.
  • Rutqvist, J., Dobson, P.F., Oldenburg, C.M., Garcia, J., and Walters, M. (2010) The Northwest Geysers EGS demonstration project Phase I: Pre-stimulation coupled geomechanical modeling to guide stimulation and monitoring plans. Geotherm. Res. Coun. Trans. 34, 1243–1250.
  • Rutqvist, J., Oldenburg, C.M., Dobson, P.F., Garcia, J., and Walters, M. (2010) Predicting the spatial extent of injection-induced zones of enhanced permeability at the Northwest Geysers EGS demonstration project. Proceedings of the 44th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, June 27-30, 2010: American Rock Mechanics Association, Paper No. 10-502.
  • Cortis, A., Dobson, P., and Liu, H.H. (2007) Book review (Understanding the micro to macro behaviour of rock-fluid systems, ed. R.P. Shaw) for Journal of Sedimentary Research.
  • Dobson, P., Sonnenthal, E., Kennedy, M., Van Soest, T., and Lewicki, J. (2006) Temporal changes in noble gas compositions within the Aidlin sector of The Geysers geothermal system. Geotherm. Res. Coun. Trans. 30, 903–907 (LBNL #60159)
  • Dobson, P., Sonnenthal, E., Lewicki, J., and Kennedy, M. (2006) Evaluation of C-14 as a natural tracer for injected fluids at the Aidlin sector of The Geysers geothermal system through modeling of mineral-water-gas reactions. Proceedings, TOUGH Symposium 2006, LBNL, Berkeley, CA, May 15-17, 2006 (LBNL #60321)
  • Fayek, M., Ren, M., Goodell, P., Dobson, P., Saucedo, A., Kelts, A., Utsunomiya, S., Ewing, R.C., Riciputi, L.R., and Reyes, I. (2006) Paragenesis and geochronology of the Nopal I uranium deposit, Mexico. 2006 International High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, April 30-May 4, 2006, Las Vegas, NV, American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL, pp. 55–62 (LBNL # 59833)
  • Paces, J.B., Neymark, L., Ghezzehei, T.A., and Dobson, P.F. (2006) Testing the Concept of Drift Shadow at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. 2006 International High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, April 30-May 4, 2006, Las Vegas, NV, American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL, pp. 278–285 (LBNL # 59832)
  • Ghezzehei, T. A., Dobson, P. F., Rodriguez, J. A., and Cook, P. J. (2006) Infiltration and Seepage through Fractured Welded Tuff. 2006 International High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, April 30-May 4, 2006, Las Vegas, NV, American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL, pp. 105–110 (LBNL # 59451)
  • Spycher, N., Sonnenthal, E., Kneafsey, T., and Dobson, P. (2004) An integrated approach to predict coupled processes at a nuclear waste repository. 11th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, eds. R.B. Wanty and R.R. Seal II, Saratoga Springs, New York. June 25-July 2, 2004, v. 2, pp. 995–998 (LBNL #55099 Ext. Abs.)
  • Dobson, P.F., Salah, S., Spycher, N., and Sonnenthal, E. (2003) Simulation of water-rock interaction in the Yellowstone geothermal system using TOUGHREACT. TOUGH symposium 2003 (LBNL #52550)
  • Urzua, L., Powell, T., Cumming, W.B., and Dobson, P. (2002) Apacheta, a new geothermal prospect in Northern Chile. Geotherm. Res. Coun. Trans. 26, 65-69 (LBNL #50457)
  • Dobson, P., Hulen, J., Kneafsey, T.J., and Simmons, A. (2001) Permeability at Yellowstone: A natural analog for Yucca Mountain processes. Proceedings of the 9th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, April 29-May 3, 2001, Las Vegas, NV, American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL (LBNL #47051).
  • Dobson, P., Hulen, J., Kneafsey, T.J., and Simmons, A. (2001) The role of lithology and alteration on permeability and fluid flow in the Yellowstone geothermal system, Wyoming. Proceedings, 26th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, 29-31 January 2001 (LBNL #47129).
  • Furry, S., Gunderson, R., and Dobson, P. (1996) Slim-hole exploration in North Sumatra, Indonesia. In Proceedings, Slimhole Technology Workshop, Sandia National Laboratories and the Geothermal Resources Council, Reno NV, July 22-24, 1996.
  • Gunderson, R.P., Dobson, P.F., Sharp, W.D., Pudjianto, R., and Hasibuan, A. (1995) Geology and thermal features of the Sarulla Contract Area, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Proceedings, World Geothermal Congress, 1995, v. 2, 687–692.
  • Dobson, P. F. (1986) The petrogenesis of boninite: A field, petrologic and geochemical study of the volcanic rocks of Chichi-jima, Bonin Islands, Japan. Ph.D. Thesis, Stanford University.
  • Dobson, P.F. (1984) Volcanic stratigraphy and geochemistry of the Los Azufres geothermal center, Mexico, MS Thesis, Stanford University.

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Abstracts

  • Dobson, P.F., Peters, C.A., Ramakrishnan, T.S., Stabinski, E., Liang, K., Verma, S., Oldenburg, C.M., Freifeld, B.M., and Wang, J.S. (2010) Monitoring fluid concentration and phase changes in flow experiments at the proposed DUSEL CO2 facility. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 42 (3), Paper 8-1.
  • Peters, C.A., Oldenburg, C.M., Dobson, P.F., Freifeld, B.M., Wang, J.S.Y., Scherer, G.W., and Onstott, T.C. (2010) DUSEL CO2: A facility for experimental study of geologic carbon sequestration. 239th ACS National Meeting.
  • Peters, C.A., Dobson, P.F., Oldenburg, C.M., Scherer, G., Onstott, T.C., Birkholzer, J.T., Freifeld, B.M., Celia, M.A., Wang, J.S., and Prevost, J. (2009) DUSEL CO2: A deep underground laboratory for geologic carbon sequestration studies.  Eos Transactions AGU 90 (52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract H23E-0993.
  • Colmenero Sujo, L.H., Villalba, M. de L., Dobson P.F., Talamantes Franco, C., Ortalejo Martínez, B. (2007) Cuantificación de 222radón en casas-habitación de la ciudad de Chihuahua. VI Congreso Internacional y XII Nacional de Ciencias Ambientales, Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • Blank, J.G., Dobson, P.F., and Blake, D.F. (2007) Ophiolites as Mars Analog Sites, 2nd International Workshop - Exploring Mars and its Earth Analogues, June 19-23, 2007, Trento, Italy (http://irsps.sci.unich.it/education/mars07/form/2abstract.php?read+100)
  • Hickman, R.G., Dobson, P.F., van Gerven, M., Sagala, B.D., and Gunderson, R.P. (2007) The geometry and evolution of the Sarulla Graben, Sumatra, a strike-slip basin hosting significant geothermal resources. Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Annual Meeting
  • Dobson, P.F., Goodell, P., Fayek, M., Melchor, F., Murrell, M., Simmons, A., Reyes, I., de la Garza, R., and Oliver, R. (2005) Stratigraphy of the PB-1 well, Nopal I uranium deposit, Sierra Peña Blanca, Chihuahua, Mexico, Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 37 (7), 196 (LBNL #57672 Abs.)
  • Rodriguez-Pineda, J.A., Goodell, P., Dobson, P.F., Walton, J., Oliver, R., de la Garza, R., and Harder, S. (2005) Regional hydrology of the Nopal I site, Sierra Peña Blanca, Chihuahua, Mexico, Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 37 (7), 196 (LBNL #57684 Abs.)
  • Saucedo, A., Fayek, M., Reyes, I., Dobson, P., and Goodell, P. (2005) Structural analysis of the Nopal I uranium deposit, Peña Blanca, Mexico, Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 37 (7), 196 (LBNL #57685 Abs.)
  • Spycher, N., Sonnenthal, E., Dobson, P., and Kneafsey, T. (2003) Modeling of coupled THC processes and rock-fluid interactions at the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. ENTRY Workshop 2003, October 22-24, Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute, Tokai, Japan (LBNL #55098 Abs.)
  • Goldstein, S. J., Murrell, M. T., Simmons, A. M., Oliver, R. D., Dobson, P. F., Reyes, I. A., and De La Garza, R. (2003) Evidence for radium mobility at the Nopal I uranium deposit, Peña Blanca, Mexico. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 35 (6), 436. (LBNL #54495 Abs.)
  • Dobson, P., and Kneafsey, T. (2003) Natural analogues for Yucca Mountain coupled processes: geothermal systems. Waste Management Research Abstracts, IAEA, v. 38, pp. 220-221.
  • Kneafsey, T.J., Dobson, P.F., Sonnenthal, E.L., Spycher, N., and Apps, J.A. (2002) Numerical and experimental simulation of dissolution and precipitation: Implications for fracture sealing at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 34 (6), 309–310 (LBNL #51085)
  • Dobson, P.F., and Kneafsey, T.J. (2001) Numerical simulation of tuff dissolution and precipitation experiments: Validation of thermal-hydrologic-chemical (THC) coupled-process modeling. Eos Trans. AGU 82 (47), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract H51D-0354, F495 (LBNL #48333).
  • Moore, D.E., Hickman, S., Lockner, D., and Dobson, P. (1998) Hydrothermal activity associated with the Great Sumatran fault zone, Sumatra, Indonesia. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 30 (5), A55.
  • Dobson, P.F., Sienkiewicz, L., and Armin, R.A. (1991) Origin of thick ash-rich sediments in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 23, A288.
  • Boles, J.R., and Dobson, P.F. (1990) Mass transfer in sandstones as indicated from bulk chemical analysis. Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull. 74, 614.
  • Dobson, P.F., Epstein, S., and Stolper, E.M. (1988) Hydrogen isotope fractionation between coexisting vapor and silicate glasses and melts at low pressure. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 20, A190.
  • Banner, J.L., Wasserburg, G.J., and Dobson, P.F. (1988) Isotopic constraints on the evolution of saline groundwaters from central Missouri. SEPM Ann. Midyear. Mtg. 5, 4.
  • Verma, S.P., and Dobson, P.F. (1987) Sr, Nd, O, and Pb isotopic evidence for complex petrogenetic evolution of silicic lavas in the Los Azufres volcanic field, Michoacan, Mexico. Eos 68, 1520.
  • Dobson, P.F., and Tilton, G.R. (1985) Th, U, and Pb evidence for metasomatic enrichment of a previously depleted source in boninite genesis. Eos 66, 1111–1112.
  • Dobson, P.F., and O'Neil, J.R. (1985) Stable isotope systematics of a boninite volcanic suite, Bonin Islands, Japan. Eos 66, 413.
  • Dobson, P.F., and Maruyama, S. (1984) Low-K dacites and rhyolites of a boninite volcanic series, Chichi-jima, Bonin Islands, Japan. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 16, 490-491.
  • Dobson, P.F. (1983) Stratigraphy of the Los Azufres volcanic center, northeastern Michoacan, Mexico. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 15, 558–559.
  • Janik, C.J., and Dobson, P.F. (1983) Thermodynamic, isotopic, and chemical evidence for equilibrium in the Los Azufres geothermal system. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 15, 603.
  • Wobus, R.A., and Dobson, P.F. (1981) Proterozoic intrusive history of the Tusas Mountains, north-central New Mexico. Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs 13, 230.

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