Michael Max, PhD attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison BsC, the University of Wyoming MSc, and Trinity College, Dublin PhD and has been employed as a geologist since 1969, beginning with the Geological Survey of Ireland. Active in marine geology and geophysics since 1974, he became fascinated by natural gas hydrate beginning in 1988 while employed at the Naval Research Laboratory and later at the NATO undersea research centre in La Spezia, Italy. From 1999 until 2010 he was the CEO and Chief of Research of a small R and D company investigating the industrial aspects of gas hydrate for seawater desalination, industrial water treatment and gas separation. Dr. Max is currently active mainly in Hydrate Energy International LLC and is an Adjunct Professor in the Schools of Earth Sciences at University College Dublin, Ireland. This is the third book on natural gas hydrate he has authored or co-authored, and he has many publications, including patents publication list available at hydrate-energy.com. Dr. Max and HEI are currently engaged in developing new technology that is intended to dramatically reduce the cost of development of natural gas hydrate as a gas resource.