American Chemical Society Presentation, Murphy-Payne Community Room

Panola College

1109 W. Panola
Carthage, TX 75633

The East Texas Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to present Dr. Ken Anderson from Southern Illinois University. It is a perfect talk for our students given the recent energy conference. Please see his abstract below.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Peeking at Peaking:  The history and science behind resource production forecasting.

Dr. Ken B. Anderson

Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University.

Modern society is deeply dependent on petroleum as a source of both energy and raw materials.  Because of this, there is currently intense global concern about “peak oil” " the point in time at which global production of petroleum will reach its maximum and after which it will inexorably decline.    Forecasts of peak oil are often based largely on methods developed by M. King Hubbert.  In 1956, Hubbert forecast that U.S. crude oil production would peak in the early 1970’s.  His prediction was widely rejected at the time, but was subsequently vindicated when U.S. oil production peaked in 1971. Hubbert’s methods have since been extended and widely applied to forecasting production of a range of resources, on a wide range of scales (from local to global).    The validity of these forecasts depends on the methods used to develop them and on whether or not the methodology is appropriate to the particular resource and scale being investigated.  It is important, therefore, to understand both the strengths and limitations of these methods when basing decisions on forecasts developed from them.  This presentation with discuss both the history and the science behind Hubbert’s methods including both the strengths and limitations of the approach and discussing examples including petroleum and coal production.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Amy Calhoun

Phone: 903-693-1165