The architecture and fluid flow properties of shallow fault systems: implications for environmental monitoring

The PhD will explore fault zone heterogeneities and the effect on fluid flow (particularly groundwater, CO2, or reservoir brines) in the shallow crust through the study of unique data from two contrasting faults in Australia, and relevant analogues. The research will improve modeling of fluid flow in and around fault zones, with a range of beneficial applications. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in international research to reduce risks of geological engineering such as Carbon Capture and Storage and to inform environmental monitoring.

The student will be embedded within the Faults and Fluid Flow (FAFF) research group within the Centre for Ground Engineering and Energy Geoscience in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland). They will be connected with and benefit from an international (& large!) supervisory team, which includes Dr Jen Roberts, Prof Zoe Shipton and Dr Gareth Johnson at Strathclyde, Dr Julian Strand (CSIRO Energy in Perth, Australia) and Dr Eric Tenthorey (CO2CRC, Geoscience Australia in Canberra, Australia), with opportunities for international fieldwork and research placements.

For more information, see our webpage  or contact Jen Roberts on [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

Award eligibility: Applicants must be UK nationals, or have settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay, and also have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the award (not for the purposes of full-time education). Otherwise international fees apply.

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