Curtis M. Oldenburg

Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program Lead
Geological Senior Scientist
Building 074, Room 0209
Phone: 510-486-7419
Fax: 510-486-5686
Curriculum Vitae


Curtis Oldenburg is a Senior Scientist and Program Lead for the Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program, and Editor in Chief of Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology. Curt Oldenburg received his PhD in geology from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1989, and has been working at LBNL since 1990. His area of expertise is numerical model development and applications for coupled subsurface flow and transport processes. He has worked in geothermal reservoir modeling, vadose zone hydrology, and contaminant hydrology. For the last ten years, Curt Oldenburg has worked in two main areas of geologic carbon sequestration, (1) CO2 injection for enhanced gas recovery, and (2) near-surface leakage and seepage processes, monitoring, detection, and impacts including risk-based frameworks for site selection and certification. Curt Oldenburg is a co-author of the textbook entitled Introduction to Carbon Capture and Sequestration.

Research Interests

  • Geologic Carbon Sequestration
    • Injection of CO2 for carbon sequestration and enhanced gas recovery (CSEGR)
    • Near-surface leakage and seepage of CO2
    • Risk assessment of geologic carbon sequestration sites
  • Porous media compressed air energy storage (PM-CAES)
  • Heat and mass transfer in geologic systems
  • Dynamic behavior of subsurface systems where convection or gravity-driven flow processes occur (e.g., geothermal systems, gas reservoirs, magmatic systems, saturated and vadose zone hydrology, ferrofluid flow)
  • Code development and applications