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Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Monitoring methane leaks from decommissioned oil and gas wells

Decommissioned oil and gas wells can leak methane into the atmosphere but contribute less of the gas to the air than agricultural use of the same land, according to a new study.

With the possible increase in the drilling of onshore gas wells in the UK as part of any potential shale gas exploitation it has become important to understand the risk of methane leaking into the atmosphere from decommissioned gas wells.

Methane leaks from decommissioned gas wells

(26 Jan 2016) » More about Monitoring methane leaks from decommissioned oil and gas wells


Congratulations to two of our second year students who have won BP Achievement Awards

Lucy Milligan (BSc Geology) received a BP STEM+ Award, which provides up to £500 to undertake a co‐curricular activity. Anna Whitford (MSci Earth Sciences) received a BP Women in Science Award, which provides up to £500 to support attendance at conferences or workshops to build skills and awareness of positive business and academic role models in STEM careers.

(25 Jan 2016) » More about Congratulations to two of our second year students who have won BP Achievement Awards


Research Cruise Blogs now Live

Professor Christine Peirce is currently at sea aboard the RRS James Cook for cruises JC131 and JC132. Sailing to 13°N, the cruise is acquiring data for a NERC consortium project that aims to further understand the role and extent of detachment faulting at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges.

The rest of the project team will be travelling to join the JC132 research cruise this week. You can follow the activities of the research team on-board the James Cook by reading the Cruise blogs:

https://obsatsea.wordpress.com/

and

https://teacheratseablog.wordpress.com/

(6 Jan 2016)


Investigating the effects of volcanoes on climate

Researchers investigating the potential impact of volcanic eruptions on climate in the world’s polar regions have concluded that they could have a destabilising effect on ice sheets.

The Durham University team found that massive volcanic eruptions could potentially cause localised warming in Antarctica and Greenland.

Investigating the effect of volcanoes on climate

(30 Nov 2015) » More about Investigating the effects of volcanoes on climate



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Department of Earth Sciences,
Durham University,
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Durham DH1 3LE

Tel: +44 0191 3342300
Fax: +44 0191 3342301
E-mail: earth.sciences @durham.ac.uk