Academic Staff involved in this discipline:
Dr David Al-Attar, Professor Mike Bickle, Dr Alex Copley, Dr Sanne Cottaar, Professor James Jackson, Professor Dan McKenzie, Dr Jerome Neufeld, Professor Keith Priestley, Dr John Rudge, Professor Nicky White, Professor Robert White, Dr Nigel Woodcock and Professor Andrew Woods
Research is ongoing in:
- Melt generation, and especially the relationship between composition, isotopic ratios and mantle stirring. The distribution of alkali basalts and kimberlites, and their relationship to lithospheric thickness.
- The relationship between shear-wave velocity and temperature, and hence to lithospheric thickness of the continents. Control of continental tectonics, especially the geometry of fold-mountain belts and variations in elastic thickness, by the structure of the lithosphere.
- Short-wavelength variations of the gravity field of the Earth, Moon and Mars using Doppler frequency shifts, principally to map variations in elastic thickness. The rheology of planetary interiors.
- Investigations of active faulting in earthquakes, through combined use of seismology, GPS, InSAR, geomorphology and Quaternary geology, from details of individual earthquakes to regional investigations of large continental areas. This effort is coordinated within the COMET group (http://comet.nerc.ac.uk).
- The extent to which vertical motions of the continents are controlled by lithospheric stretching and/or by mantle circulation. This interest is pursued in close collaboration with the hydrocarbon industry who often fund projects and provide datasets.
- Field deployments of networks of seismometers to study tectonics and lithosphere structure, as well as magma chambers in active volcanic regions. Areas of current work include Iceland, Iran, India, New Zealand, Chile, Indonesia and the Himalaya-Tibet region.
- State-of-the-art marine seabed and conventional controlled-source seismic acquisition, data modelling and inversion to study large-scale crustal processes that occur when continents break apart, where plates collide, and in sedimentary basins.
- Use of innovative controlled-source seismic techniques to map and monitor fluid flow and cracking in the subsurface, including application to water movement, CO2 sequestration and hydrocarbon reservoirs
- The use of earthquake seismology, in association with mineral physics, to investigate the structure and composition of the Earth's deep interior.
- The BP Institute is focusing on multiphase fluid flow through porous media and is located at the Bullard Laboratories.
We welcome applications from students with backgrounds in geology, geophysics, physics or mathematics.
Page updated: 17 Feb 2016