Project Origin and Current Home
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Deborah Gordon originated the Oil Climate Index (OCI) while serving as director of the Energy and Climate Program and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global think tank with policy research centers worldwide. The OCI was assembled along with academic partners from Stanford and the University of Calgary (see below). While at Carnegie, Gordon and her colleagues used the OCI to inform their research on oil and climate change issues in North America and globally, culminating in several reports and articles.
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University
Since leaving Carnegie, Gordon has continued her work on the OCI as a core component of the Oil Climate Project. With her move to the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, the OCP and Oil Climate Index is now housed at Watson at Brown University.
The OCI Team
School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University
Adam Brandt is an associate professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on reducing the greenhouse gas impacts of energy production and consumption, with a focus on fossil energy systems. His research interests include life-cycle assessments of petroleum production and natural gas extraction. A particular interest of his is in unconventional fossil fuel resources such as oil sands, oil shale, and hydraulically fractured oil and gas resources. He also researches computational optimization of emissions mitigation technologies, such as carbon dioxide capture systems. Brandt received his doctorate from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.
Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary
Joule Bergerson is an associate professor in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department and the Center for Environmental Engineering Research and Education in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Her primary research interests are systems-level analysis of energy system investment and management for policy and decision-making. The focus of Bergerson’s work is developing tools and frameworks for the assessment of prospective technology options and their policy implications from a life-cycle perspective. To date, her work has addressed fossil-fuel-derived electricity, oil sands development, carbon capture and storage, renewable energy, and energy storage technologies.
Jonathan Koomey is the President of Koomey Analytics. He has been studying energy and climate issues for more than thirty years. His research focuses on the economics of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of information technology on resource use, and the energy use, management, and economics of data centers. From 2012 to 2016, Koomey served as a reserach fellow at teh Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, and from 2016 to 2018, he was a lecturer in Earth Systems at Stanford. For over two decades, he worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Yale University, and the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. Koomey holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelors degree in history of science from Harvard University. He is the author or co-author of nine books and more than 200 articles and reports, including Turning Numbers Into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving and Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs (both published by Analytics Press.
Others Involved in OCI Research and Development
Since its inception in 2012, the OCP has benefited from the research and expertise of the following individuals: David Livingston, Wang Tao, the late David Burwell, Florencia Franzini, Eugene Park Tan, Jeffrey Feldman, Sam Wojcicki, Smriti Kumble, Anisha Mehta, Madeleine Bronstein, Rachel Flaherman, Tim Martin, Rebecca White, Jessica Katz, Jocelyn Soly, Nick Parrott, Mohammad Masnadi, Jeffrey Scott Rutherford, Jacob Englander, Jinfan Wang, Yuchi Sun, Sharad Bharadwaj, Kourosh Vafi, Liang Jing, Kavan Motazedi, Zainab Dadashi, Andrea Orellana, and Jessica Abella. And a special thank you to Jessica Mathews, former President at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for her ongoing support of the OCI project.
NASA Carbon Monitoring System
Deborah Gordon is a stakeholder in the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Science Program, where she is building new satellite data into the OCI. To date, this includes: flaring data from the VIIRS satellite provided by Chris Elvidge, and methane data from various NASA satellites provided by Daniel Jacob and his team at Harvard and John Worden at his team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Colorado School of Mines
Deborah Gordon serves on the advisory board for the Colorado School of Mines.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Deborah Gordon serves on the advisory board of the Environment and Energy Study Institute.