This contribution is published with the permission of the Executive Director, British Geological Survey (NERC). The European Commission is gratefully acknowledged for its generous funding of this work, which is EC project number NNE5-2000-00096 (contract ENK5-CT-2000-00304). The European research was undertaken by a collaboration of five partners; these are the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) and Quintessa Limited. The Università di Roma 'La Sapienza' (URS) and the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP) were research subcontractors to INGV and BRGM, respectively. The British Geological Survey co-ordinated the European project and the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre Inc. (PTRC) facilitated linkages and integration.

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