Aloha! Welcome to Fiery Ice 2016!

Fiery Ice 2016: the 10th International Workshop on Methane Hydrate Research and Development will be held June 15-17, 2016 at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
This year's theme, "15 Years of Progress and Future Directions" will highlight accomplishments and changes in hydrate science and engineering since the first workshop in 2001, and identify directions for the future. A primary objective will be to try to develop a well-defined path to expand major international collaborations.

The 1st International Workshop on Methane Hydrate R&D was held in March 2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The primary objective of that and subsequent workshops was to provide a forum where hydrate researchers and stakeholders could freely exchange information and identify research priorities in an effort to promote collaboration. Subsequent workshops have been held, on average, every 1.5 years in different countries including the U.S., Chile, Canada, U.K., Norway, New Zealand, Japan, and India.
Important Dates (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time [HST]):
• December 22, 2015: Workshop registration site opens
• January 1, 2016: Opening date for abstract submission
March 14, 2016: Last day to submit abstracts
• April 1, 2016: Begin notification of acceptance of submitted abstracts
• April 15, 2016: Early registration closes
• June 7, 2016: Online registration closes
International Steering Committee:
• Richard Coffin, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
• Bjørn Kvamme, University of Bergen
• Stephen Masutani, University of Hawaiʻi
• Norio Tenma, National Institute of Advanced Science & Technology
• Tsutomu Uchida, Hokkaido University
Local Organizing Committee:
• Ai Oyama, University of Hawaiʻi
• Stephen Masutani, University of Hawaiʻi
• Brandon Yoza, University of Hawaiʻi
• Scott TurnUniversity of Hawaiʻi
• Shotaro Nagamine, University of Hawaiʻi
Gérard NihousUniversity of Hawaiʻi


Registration Rates:
Registration fee includes:
• admission to the workshop on June 15, 16, and 17
• reception on June 15
• banquet dinner on June 16
• lunch on June 15 and 16
• morning and afternoon refreshments during the workshop
Registration fee does not include accommodations. Participants are responsible for reserving and paying for their hotel accommodations.
For additional information about the registration fee, please contact us at fieryice@hawaii.edu.
Please note that we cannot guarantee lunch and dinner catering for on-site registrants.
Tickets for Accompanying Persons:
Accompanying persons are welcome to attend the reception on June 15 and/or the banquet on June 16. Please purchase tickets for each accompanying person for the reception (U.S. $65) and the banquet (U.S. $85).
To purchase tickets, please go to the REGISTRATION SITE.
Conference Participants Parking Pass:
Fifteen conference parking passes will be available for $6.00/pass/day on a first-come, first-served basis. This pass allows participants to park in assigned spaces immediately in front of the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, or on the grassy area at the north end of the Conference Center.
To request the parking pass, please fill out the ONLINE PARKING PASS REQUEST FORM.
Universtiy of Hawaii visitor parking is also available; however, we cannot guarantee that parking will be available at all times during the workshop. For more information, please go to the Parking section under Venue.
Registration and Fee Payment Procedures:
Please click HERE or on the icon below to go to the registration page.
All fees must be paid in US dollars using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, JCB, or Diner's Club). You will receive a confirmation email after you register online.
If payment by credit card is not possible, then please contact us at fieryice@hawaii.edu.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
If you need to cancel your registration, then please send a written notice to the University of Hawaii Conference & Event Services. A full refund will be processed if notification is received by May 31, 2016No refunds will be made after May 31, 2016. Please email your notice of cancellation to kenlynn8@hawaii.edu.
Letters of Invitation:
If you require a formal invitation letter, then please fill out the ONLINE REQUEST FORM.
It may take up to 7-14 business days to process your request.
If you are not able to access the online request form, then please email us at fieryice@hawaii.edu.
Please be aware of registration deadlines and estimated timelines for the processing of visa applications. For more information, please go to the Visa Information section under Local Information.
Pre-Workshop Field Trip:
The Local Organizing Committee is making arrangements for an optional field trip to the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), located on the Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay on the northeastern coast of the island of Oahu (on the opposite side of Oahu from Honolulu) on Tuesday, 14 June 2016, on the day before the workshop begins.
Date: June 14, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Destination: The Hawai ‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) on Coconut Island
Please Note: Participants need to be in reasonable physical condition, able to navigate dirt roads, gravel trails, small hills, boat ramps and possibly climb in and out of small boats. Minimum age is 5 years of age for the tour. 

The tour is led by volunteers and staff of the Community Education Program. The 2 to 2.5 hour walking tour provide an overview of some of the important research currently taking place at HIMB as well as an introduction to the natural and human history. There is no charge to participate in the field trip. Lunch will be provided.
What to Bring:
• Sun Protection: sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen
• Rain Jacket: rain showers are frequent in Kane‘ohe Bay and there is little shelter on the Island
• Footwear: sneakers or athletic sandals are recommended for the island’s dirt pathways
• Drinking Water: Water bottles are strongly recommended
• Cameras: are allowed
Waiver Form: is REQUIRED for each participant. You do NOT need to print out, sign, and bring the waiver form since you will be asked to sign it in the shuttle bus on the way to Coconut Island. However, if you are under 18 years of age, then please have your parent/guardian sign as confirmation to authorization and acceptance of this waiver/release and bring it with you. The waiver form is available HERE
Sign Up:
Please sign up for the trip by submitting the ONLINE SIGN UP SHEET by Tuesday, 10 May 2016 (Hawaii Time).
If you cannot use Google Form, then please download THIS PDF SIGN UP SHEET, fill out the blanks, and email it to fieryice@hawaii.edu.


Blocks of hotel rooms in Waikiki at a discounted rate have been reserved for the workshop participants. A number of dormitory rooms on the UHM campus may also be available at a very reasonable rate.
In order to get these discounted rates, please follow the directions of each hotel. 
Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki
2490 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Telephone: +1-808-922-1233 | Fax: +1-808-922-0129
• Final Date to confirm special group rate: May 16, 2016. Inquiries after this date are subject to availability. Contact hotel reservations directly for details.
• Available to book: From December 08, 2015 to May 16, 2016
• Available to stay: From June 11, 2016 to June 21, 2016
• Valid for stays on: All days of the week
• Please note: The online total will display the normal Amenity Fee rate, however the group discount will be applied at check in
New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
2863 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Telephone: +1-808-921-7092 | Fax: +1-808-921-7013
• Room rate per night: $176 $165 for single and double plus tax 13.962%
• A resort fee at a charge of $10 plus tax 4.712%
• One time porterage charge of $8 plus tax 4.712%
• Special group rate will be available on a first-come first-served bases.
• Available to stay: from June 10, 2016 to June 20, 2016
• Please call, fax, or email at the hotel and indicate that you are attending the Fiery Ice 2016 to reserve rooms at the group rate
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Conference Housing offers accommodations for individuals and groups 
needing temporary housing. 
Different types of dormitory rooms at Hale Aloha and Frear Hall may be available at a summer conference rate. Please contact Conference Housing to check availability for the dormitory rooms.
To book a room, please submit THIS APPLICATION FORM through email, fax, and mail to:
Conference Housing                                                      
2569 Dole Street
Frear Hall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: +1-808-956-5995
For more information, please visit the Conference Housing website or contact them at +1-808-956-7436 or by email to uhmconf@hawaii.edu.
Shuttle Bus from Waikiki to Imin Conference Center (Workshop Venue)
Shuttle service will be available to registered workshop participants for free of charge. The shuttle will run between Waikiki (Pacific Beach Hotel and New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel) and the Imin Conference Center, the workshop venue. You do not need to stay at the Pacific Beach Hotel or New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel to use the shuttle service, although you have to come to either of the hotels to be picked up. Detailed pick up place with a photo and map will be updated soon.
Please sign up for the shuttle service using the ONLINE SIGN UP SHEET by Tuesday, 10 May 2016 (Hawaii Time). For your accompanying persons, please submit another sign up sheet.
If you cannot use Google Form, then please download THIS PDF SIGN UP SHEET, fill out the blanks, and email it to fieryice@hawaii.edu.
Tentative shuttle schedule is available HERE. Final version of the shuttle schedule will be emailed to the people who signed up.

Call for Abstracts

The International Steering Committee of Fiery Ice 2016 invites authors to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations on a broad range of topics related to gas hydrates including (but not limited to):
• resource assessment;
• policy;
• exploration;
• reservoir modeling;
• production modeling;
• environmental studies;
• fundamental laboratory investigations; and
• hydrate thermodynamics and kinetics.
Abstract Submission Guidelines:
All abstracts must be written in English and should be submitted using the Online Abstract Submission Form. Please click HERE or on the icon below to go to the Abstract Submission page.
Authors may indicate a preference of oral or poster presentations; however, due to limitations on the number of oral presentations, this choice is not guaranteed and will be decided during the abstract review process.
To facilitate the review process, authors are asked to limit the abstract to 500 words or less. Figures and tables are discouraged.
As indicated on the Online Abstract Submission Form, the abstract must include a title; all authors’ names and affiliations; and the e-mail address and telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author.
More than one abstract may be submitted per author (or group of authors), but each abstract must use a separate Abstract Submission Form.
After an abstract has been submitted, changes are discouraged except to correct typographical errors. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Workshop booklet as submitted, without copyediting, so authors are encouraged carefully to proofread their work.
If you cannot use Google Form, then please download THIS PDF ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM, fill out the blanks, and email it to fieryice@hawaii.edu with a subject line "Abstract submission".
We have received numerous requests for an extension of the current deadline for abstracts. The Workshop's International Steering Committee had a conference call to discuss these requests on 29 February.
It was decided that the deadline for abstracts will be extended until 11:59 p.m. on Monday March 14, 2016 [HST]. Late abstracts will not be accepted.
Notification of Acceptance:
Corresponding authors will be contacted by email between April 1 and April 12, 2016, to inform them of whether their abstract is accepted and the presentation (oral or poster) assignment.
A Special Issue of the Journal Energies:
There will be a special issue of the journal Energies for selected papers from our workshop.
Interested authors can submit their manuscripts for peer-review for inclusion in this special issue.
Workshop participants will receive a 20% discount of the standard Energies publication fee.  
For details please see Energies' website.


The 10th workshop will follow the format that has successfully been employed in our previous meetings. The workshop will include plenary lectures, oral presentations and posters, and breakout sessions.
Program is available HERE.
Breakout Sessions:
Breakout sessions will take place on the 2nd floor in Kamehameha, Tagore, and Kaniela rooms. Imin Center 2nd floor map
Breakout sessions have been a cornerstone of this workshop series since the first one held in Honolulu in 2001.
The breakout sessions provide an open forum for participants to share their thoughts regarding important areas hydrate research and development. Each session is moderated by a Chairperson and the discussions are recorded by the session Rapporteur.
A summary report for each breakout session is presented on the final day and these reports are included in the Final Report of the workshop.
At this 10th Workshop, five breakouts session over two days are planned on the following themes: 
1) Fundamental laboratory and modeling studies
2) Exploration and resource assessment
3) Reservoir and production modeling
4) The path forward: key areas for future R&D
5) The impact of cheap fossil fuels on methane hydrate R&D 
Participants are invited to attend whichever sessions they choose, based on their expertise or interests.
Presentation Guidelines:
PowerPoint submission deadline: Tuesday, June 9, 2016 (Hawaii Time)
Please submit your presentation via email at fieryice@hawaii.edu
Please click HERE to see the detailed presentation guidelines.
Presentation Identification (ID) Number:
Each presentation (both oral and poster presentations) is given presentation identification (ID) number. To see your presentation ID number, please refer to the presentation lists (Oral and Poster). Presentation ID number, corresponding author's name, and presentation title are listed on each list. More detailed information is available in the Excel file of the list.
Poster Size and Poster Setup Time:
Recommended poster size is 48” (122 cm) high x 36” (91 cm) wide; however, posters can be bigger than the recommended size as long as they do not exceed 57.5” (146 cm) high and 46” (117 cm).
Specific poster setup and removal times will not be incorporated into the program, since the poster boards will be available throughout the workshop in Keoni Auditorium. Poster presenters are advised to set up their posters in the morning or during the breaks. Supplies, such as pushpins, will be provided to secure posters on the poster board. Please feel free to ask the workshop staff for assistance.
Posters being presented on the 15th will be placed on the side of dividers (poster boards) that is facing inside of the auditorium and posters presented on the 16th will be placed on the other side of the dividers. We will flip the dividers on the 16th. Please see the Keoni Auditorium room layout to get the general idea. A card with the poster’s identifying number and lead author’s name will be attached to each poster board.


Workshop Venue:
The 10th workshop will take place at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall), 1777 East-West road, Honolulu, HI, USA. Jefferson Hall was the venue of the 1st workshop held in 2001.
• University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Directory (Please select "Jefferson Hall" to show the location in the map)
Keynote talks, oral presentations, and poster sessions will be held in Keoni auditorium.
Kamehameha, Tagore, and Kaniela rooms on the 2nd floor will be used for breakout sessions.
The Hawaii Imin International Conference Center is one of the facilities of the East West Center, a non-profit education and research institution located next to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Visitor Internet Access (Wi-fi):
Free Wireless Internet connection will be available at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall) during the workshop. Participants will receive a username and password in their Workshop packet, which will be handed out at the registration desk. This wireless Internet connection is different from the UH wireless Internet networks and covers only Jefferson Hall.
Smoking Policies:
The Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall) is a NO SMOKING facility. Smoking is permitted only on the street level Lanai Area outside the building, 50 feet away from the entrance.
Conference participants parking passes will be available for $6.00/pass/day by sending the ONLINE PARKING REQUEST FORM. This pass allows participants to park in assigned spaces immediately in front of the Conference Center on a first-come, first-served basis, or on the grassy area at the north end of the Conference Center.
University of Hawaii visitor parking is available either in the Zone 20 Quarry Parking Structure or Zone 22 Dole Street Parking Structure. The Visitor Parking Pass must be displayed on the car's dashboard with date and timestamp visible.
Weekdays before 4:00 p.m.: $5 flat rate
Weekdays after 4:00 p.m., Saturdays, and special events: $6 flat rate
Visitor parking lots are available on upper campus; however, they are limited to a 3-hour maximum before 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. The upper campus parking rate is $2 per half hour before 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and $6 flat rate after 4:00 p.m.
For more information, please visit the Commuter Services Office website.
Dress Code:
As was the case at the 1st workshop held here in 2001, the suggested attire is resort casual. No jackets or ties are required; open collar shirts are fine. We would like everyone to be comfortable, since the meeting days will be long. Although the weather forecast calls for relatively nice conditions (partly sunny with strong Trade Winds) and warm temperatures during the day (high temperatures of 82 F - 84 F; 28 C - 29 C), the air conditioning in the auditorium and meeting rooms is hard to predict, so it might be wise to bring along a sweater or light jacket--just in case the rooms get a bit cold.

Local Information

Getting To and From Honolulu, Hawaii
Under construction
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is approximately a 30-minute drive away from the Waikiki area and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. There are several options to get to the city area from the airport, including shuttle buses, TheBus, and car rentals. Please refer to the links on this page for more details.
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa:
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) occupies 320 acres in the lush Manoa valley on the island of Oahu. 
Area Information:
Under construction
Visa Information:
Please go to the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State and find out whether you will need to obtain a visa to attend Fiery Ice 2016.
Visa Waiver Program and ESTA
If you are a citizen or national of a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) designated country and meet all of the requirements to travel to the United States on the VWP, you do NOT have to obtain a visa; however, each traveler MUST have authorization under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S.-bound air or sea carrier.
If you are eligible to travel on the VWP, but prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa. 
Please note that travelers must pay a fee of $14.00 when applying for an ESTA. Please be aware that a search of “ESTA” in popular search engines may result in links to commercial websites that offer assistance in obtaining ESTA approval for a price well above $14. These websites are NOT endorsed by the U.S. Department of State. Also, it is NOT necessary to get assistance in obtaining ESTA approval. Detailed information about ESTA in various languages can be found under “ESTA FACT SHEETS” on the right column of the ESTA webpage.
Obtaining a Visa
• If it is necessary for you to obtain a visa, then please make sure to apply as early as possible. The following are some tips to help you obtain a U.S. visa.
• A trip to attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention, or conference is permitted under Business Visitor Visa (B-1). You can find out more about the B-1 Visa from this link.
• Check the visa wait time information for interview appointments and visa processing at each U.S. Embassy and Consulate. Go to “Plan Ahead” section of U.S. Department of State webpage, type in your city name, and find out the appointment wait time of a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your city. You can find U.S. Embassies and Consulates’ information all over the world here
• Apply for your visa. This webpage provides you with general Visitor visa information. Business Visitor Visa (B-1) falls under this category. Since the order of steps to apply for a visa may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply, please make sure to follow the instructions provided by that U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

• Request an invitation letter. To help you justify the reason for travel, we can prepare a personalized invitation letter for registered attendees. Please send us a request using this online request form. If you have questions about an invitation letter, then please contact us at fieryice@hawaii.edu.

Contact Us:
If you have any questions, please email us at fieryice@hawaii.edu