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PhD Studentship: Implications of Uncertainty in Fault Geometry from Seismic Interpretations for Modelling Reactivation

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th December 2021
Closes: 31st January 2022
Reference: GEON100

Award Summary

100% of Home tuition fees paid and an annual living allowance of £15,609. Studentship also provides a generous £20,000 individual allowance to cover costs associated with pursuing the PhD 

Overview

The decarbonization of energy systems to achieve net zero carbon emissions will likely see the rapid development of carbon capture and storage, underground energy storage and geothermal energy. The interpretation of faults is a vital part of the subsurface characterisation, particularly when the subsurface is perturbed as the result of fluid production or injection and there is potential for fault reactivation (e.g. Vilarrasa et al., 2019; Kumari & Ranjith, 2019). Traditionally deterministic fault interpretations are used to model the likelihood of fault reactivation. However, uncertainty in fault interpretation is strongly dependent on seismic data quality (e.g. Scaaf & Bond, 2019) and therefore fundamentally linked to the ability to accurately model the likelihood of fault reactivation reliably (e.g. Gamboa et al., 2019).

This study aims to investigate the sensitivity of fault reactivation models to uncertainty in structural interpretations using different vintages of both 2D and 3D seismic reflection data. The project will use consider faults at reservoir targets and in the overburden with the following example applications from onshore and offshore: i) a CCS site on the UKCS, ii) a hydrogen storage site on UKCS, iii) a geothermal site onshore the UK. The project will:

  • Investigate sensitivity of reactivation models to seismic interpretations of fault geometries
  • Investigate sensitivity of fault reactivation models to lithologies interpreted from seismic data
  • Develop methodology for using probabilistic fault interpretations as part of reactivation modelling

This project will inform best practice for site characterisation ahead of activities which perturb the subsurface and optimise the value of existing seismic reflection data.

Further information on the GeoNetZero CDT is available at https://geo-net-zero.hw.ac.uk/phd-opportunities/

Number Of Awards: 1

Start Date: September 2022

Award Duration: 4 years

Application Closing Date: 31 January 2022

Sponsor

GeoNetZero CDT

Supervisors

Dr Mark Ireland (Newcastle University)

Professor Ken McCaffery (Durham University)

Professor Richard Davies (Newcastle University)

Dr Woody Wilson (bp)

Eligibility Criteria

2:1 Bachelor Honours Degree in Earth Sciences, Geology, Geophysics or related subject

We welcome applications from UK, EU and International students, however this studentship only covers tuition fees at the Home rate. Applicants with International fee status will therefore be required to provide the difference between Home and International fees.

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create an account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8314F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Geoscience’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code GEON100 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code GEON100 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

Contact Details

Dr Mark Ireland - mark.ireland@newcastle.ac.uk 

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