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.