The Department undertakes world-leading research across the full spectrum of Earth Science and Earth Engineering. In the most recent assessment of our research (the 2014 Research Excellence Framework), 46% of the Department’s research (in a joint submission with Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics) was rated ‘World Leading’ and 89% was rated ‘Internationally Significant’. The Department undertakes both pure and applied research, often in collaboration with industry partners from the mineral and petroleum sectors. Our research has a direct impact on the science and engineering of the Earth and its resources.
A key strength of the department’s research is its inter-disciplinary nature; we are one of the only departments in the world that combines Earth science and engineering. Our research is organized into 3 broad Research Themes that cover Earth and Planetary Science, Petroleum Science and Engineering, and Computational Geoscience and Engineering. Within and across these sections our research is organized into a number of smaller and more focused Research Groups. We also participate in a number of cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental Research Centres, such as the Grantham Institute, the Energy Futures Lab and the Sustainable Gas Institute.
Earth and Planets Theme
The Earth and Planets Section is concerned with understanding the processes that drive the Earth system, and in the formation and evolution of solid bodies within the Solar System. Our research ranges from the study of the taxonomy of fossil organisms to the mineralogy and compositions of dust grains condensed in giant stars and preserved in meteorites.
Natural Resources Geoscience and Engineering Theme
The Natural Resources Geoscience and Engineering (NRGE) section focuses on the extraction of energy and related resources from the subsurface coupled with minimisation of environmental impact. Research in NRGE includes petroleum geoscience and engineering, carbon capture and storage, and geothermal energy production, and broadly encompasses the field of subsurface fluid flow and transport.
Computational Geoscience & Engineering
The Computational Geoscience & Engineering Section is an interdisciplinary team that combines world-leading techniques in advanced measurement and multi-scale, multi-physics modelling. The CGE team develops engineering solutions to the: supply of renewable energy, sustainable production of metals and earth resources, and mitigating environmental impacts and risks.
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Applied Modelling and Computation Group
AMCG is committed to both the development and application of innovative modelling techniques in earth, nuclear, engineering and biomedical sciences
Basins Research Group
We use a range of outcrop and subsurface (core, wireline-log, 3D seismic) datasets to study Earth Systems processes
Carbonate Research Group
We use outcrop and core samples to address research problems in carbonate diagenesis, paleo-climate, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and isotopes
Centre for Reservoir Geophysics
Reservoir characterisation; Integrated reservoir geophysics; Integrated reservoir management; Time-lapse seismic; Seismic inversion and imaging
Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide Storage
We have an active research programme in understanding climate change and in the engineering problems represented by storage of carbon dioxide
Diagenesis Linked Research
Cross-disciplinary research transcending the boundaries of diageneis to seek new fundamental scientific knowledge
Flow, transport, reaction
Our group combines state of the art experimentation, imaging and modelling to study multiphase flow and reactive transport in porous media
Geodynamics: Core to Surface
Experimental observation, data visualisation and numerical modelling to study a wide range of problems in the solid Earth from the core to surface
Impacts and Astromaterials Research Centre
We address a range of fundamental planetary science questions ranging from the origins of the Solar System to the continuing evolution of the planets
Imperial College Orgainc Geochemistry
We operate within the Impacts and Astromaterials Research Centre.
MAss Spectrometry and Isotope Geochemistry at Imperial Colle
uses isotope geochemistry to tackle a broad variety of questions in earth, environmental, and engineering sciences
Natural Magnetism Group
We use a broad range of modelling and laboratory techniques to study naturally occurring magnetic phenomena
The Novel Reservoir Modelling and Simulation Group
We develop new methods to model complex geological heterogeneities and multiphase flow and transport processes in subsurface reservoirs.
Petroleum Engineering & Rock Mechanics Group
We focus predominantly on the subsurface upstream end of the industry, including flow in porous media, reservoir simulation, reservoir characterisatio
Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre
onduct novel geoscience research to understand better the carbonate reservoirs in Qatar and exploit this to enhance oil and gas production
Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Recovery
finding new solutions to the mining industry’s challenges, and shaking up the status quo
London Centre for Ore Deposits and Exploration
Undertake research of the highest international quality into the mineralogy and geochemistry of ore deposits