Introduction

Gas Hydrate Research Laboratory (GHRL) of the Meiji University is an academic research institute, established in 2012 as a Research Unit within an Organization for the Strategic Coordination of Research and Intellectual Properties of the Meiji University. Gas hydrate is widely distributed in deep-sea sediments, and expected as a future energy resource as well as an important player in carbon cycle and global change. GHRL conducts sea-going expeditions to explore deep-sea gas hydrates and laboratory experiments and analyses to reveal the origin and distribution of gas hydrates in deep-sea sediments. GHRL organized Shallow Gas Hydrate Research Consortium (SGH-RC) with a number of university laboratories and national institutes of variable fields such as geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biology, geo-microbiology, and soil science, as an integrated research is a key to understand natural gas hydrates. Our current and most pressing research strategy is to achieve a more complete understanding and assessment of shallow gas hydrates as an energy resource.

GHRL has an office and two laboratories in Meiji University. The office is in the Global Front in Surugadai Campus. One of laboratories is located in Sarugakucho Building in Surugadai Campus, where analytical equipments are prepared. The other laboratory is in the undergroud floor of the Global Front and used for microscopic observation.

News &Topics

  • Meiji University Research Forum "The environmental impact of methane hydrate and prehistoric human society" was held on August 6th.

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  • We conducted a gas hydrate survey cruise

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  • GHL members participated in ICGH9"

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  • Article in "Fire in the Ice"

    An article,“Recovery of Thick Deposits of Massive Gas Hydrartes from Gas Chimney Structures, Eastern margin of Japan Sea: Japan Sea Shallow Gas Hydrate Project” by Matsumoto et al. was published in the Methane Hydrate Newsletter, "Fire in the Ice" Vol. 17, Issue 1, issued by National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy.
    The article pdf file can be download from MHNews-2017-Jan.pdf

  • Workshop with Tottori University

    Workshop "Methane hydrarte-induces Environmental Perturbation and Geohazard" was held by Tottori and Meiji Universities, on March 16 at Tottori University.
    tottoriWSimage.pdf

  • Tottori International Methane Hydrate Forum

    Tottori International Methane Hydrate Forum was held by Tottori Prefecture, and Tottori and Meiji Universities, on March 15 at Torigin Citizens' Culture Hall in Tottori City.
    forum_1.pdf

  • Shallow Gas Hydrate Forum

    “Shallow Gas Hydrate Forum”, organized by Meiji University and AIST will be held in the Global Hall of Meiji University on 28th of June, 2016.

  • Press release of FY 2015 Surveys

    As for the FY 2015 surveys contracted with the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), we conducted surveys by drilling about 30 spots in total in three gas chimney structure sites located around the Oki Islands and offshore the Joetsu region.

  • Web service restoration

    An error on our questions page had occurred from August. During that we could not receive your message. Now, this service is available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • New fiscal year starts on April

    We start the new fiscal year research program. New members join us.

  • We published our ROV video clip!

    Happy new year!

  • Shallow Gas Hydrate Forum

    “Shallow Gas Hydrate Forum”, organized by Meiji University and AIST will be held in the Global Hall of Meiji University on 30th of January,2015.

  • Drilling survey starts

    The survey is carried out by the Vessel "Hakurei". Joetsu-oki and Mogami Trough are target areas for the drilling.

  • New fiscal year starts on April

    We start the new fiscal year research program. New members join us.

  • Shallow Gas Hydrate Forum

    “Shallow Gas Hydrate Forum”, organized by Meiji University and AIST was held in the Global Hall of Meiji University on 23th of January,2014.

  • Installation of mass spectrometer

    New mass spectrometer (ThermoFisher DeltaV) has been introduced in Sarugakucho Lab. and adjusted. This instrument will work to understand the properties of hydrate and other samples by analyzing isotopic ratios of C, H, O and other elements.