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Department of Earth Sciences

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First UK 'Teacher at sea' describes her Research Cruise on board the RRS James Cook

The first UK 'Teacher at Sea', Angela Bentley, was a member of the scientific party for Prof. Christine Peirce's last research cruise aboard the RRS James Cook (JC132). 

(21 Apr 2016) » First UK 'Teacher at sea' describes her Research Cruise on board the RRS James Cook


Geological Society of London Young Author Award

Congratulations to PhD Student Cat Hirst, who won the W Dearman Award 2015 for her role in the co-authored paper 'The late field life of the East Midlands Petroleum Province; a new geothermal prospect?' (QJEGH 48 (2) 104-114. 

(15 Mar 2016) » Geological Society of London Young Author Award


Durham-Saudi Aramco Project Success

The Durham University – Saudi Aramco project “Developing Environmentally Friendly Drilling Fluid Additives”, led by Prof. Chris Greenwell & Prof. Andy Whiting, has resulted in Dr John Hall, Environmental Specialist at Saudi Aramco, receiving a commendation and prize for the success of the project in generating a number of patents.

(26 Feb 2016)


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.

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


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.

(26 Jan 2016) » 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) » 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 effects of volcanoes on climate

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


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 effects of volcanoes on climate

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