Geophysics in Future Energy Challenges
Geophysics is playing an ever increasing and important role global energy challenges. Novel techniques are required in the hydrocarbon industry to maximize conventional reserves as well as exploit unconventional reserves. Furthermore, as society and governments strive toward low carbon future commitments, new techniques require development and current techniques require adaptation to exploit renewable resources as well as store anthropogenic carbon dioxide and nuclear waste. This workshop focuses on the role of geophysics in both the efficient and sustainable use of the Earth’s resources. The UK has a strong and vibrant geophysics community and as such can play a significant role in the future development of applied geophysics with regards to efficient and sustainable use of the Earth’s energy resources.
To address the role of geophysics in future energy challenges, the workshop will identify and explore the challenges in:
i. Hydrocarbon resources, such as conventional oil and gas, and unconventional (e.g., shale-gas, coal-bed methane and gas hydrates),
ii. Renewable resources, such as geothermal exploitation and geotechnical aspects of wind energy, and
iii. Waste storage (e.g., geological storage of CO2 and nuclear waste storage).
Permeating through these sub-themes is the development of novel techniques, exploiting new and challenging resources, and advancing multidisciplinary approaches. The aim of the workshop is to bring different disciplines together to exchange ideas and learn from each other.