The Novel Reservoir Monitoring, Modelling and Simulation (NORMS) group is a multidisciplinary collective of geoscientists, applied mathematicians, engineers, and experimental and computational physicists. 

The group develops and applies new methods to monitor and model fluid flow and transport in subsurface reservoirs and aquifers. Applications of the research are numerous and include monitoring and modelling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport, exploitation of essential metals for the energy transition, subsurface energy storage, geothermal resources and magma reservoir processes.

The NORMS group combines expertise in numerical modelling, geological modelling, porous media flow and subsurface applications. We collaborate with a wide range of departments, centres and laboratories in Imperial College, such as the Centre for Environmental Policy, the Energy Futures Laboratory, and the Grantham Institute.  We also collaborate with a wide range of academic and governmental institutions and commercial organisations in the UK and overseas.

The NORMS group is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion within our group and in the broader science and engineering community.  We recognise that science and engineering continues to lack diversity and want NORMS to be a group actively leading change.

Our aim is for the group to be truly representative of all society and for every member of the group to feel welcome and respected irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, social background, religious belief or disability. We want every member of the group to be supported so they can be their best. We aim to create a safe working environment where group members and visitors feel comfortable being themselves.


NORMS currently has a vacancy for a PDRA to join the NORMS Laboratory - see the Vacancies section for more details.

Selected research highlights

Jackson, MD, Blundy, J, Sparks, RSJ, 2018, Chemical differentiation, cold storage and remobilization of magma in the Earth’s crust, Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0746-2

Lei Q, Xie Z, Pavlidis D, Salinas P, Veltin J, Matar O, Pain C, Muggeridge A, Gyllensten A, Jackson MD, et al., 2018, The shape and motion of gas bubbles in a liquid flowing through a thin annulus, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol: 285, Pages: 1017-1039, ISSN: 0022-1120

Salinas P, Pavlidis D, Xie Z, Osman H, Pain CC, Jackson MD, et al., 2018, A discontinuous control volume finite element method for multi-phase flow in heterogeneous porous mediaJOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS, Vol: 352, Pages: 602-614, ISSN: 0021-9991

Graham MT, MacAllister DJ, Vinogradov J, Jackson MD, Butler AP, et al., 2018, Self-Potential as a Predictor of Seawater Intrusion in Coastal Groundwater BoreholesWater Resources Research, ISSN: 0043-1397

Al Mahrouqi D, Vinogradov J, Jackson MD, 2017, Zeta potential of artificial and natural calcite in aqueous solutionADVANCES IN COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, Vol: 240, Pages: 60-76, ISSN: 0001-8686

Contact details

To contact NORMS, email Prof Matt Jackson: