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Department of Earth Sciences

Research Projects

Durham Earth Sciences is currently host to numerous large projects which are a major part of the active research being undertaken in the department. These pages provide further information on these projects, including the facilities, staff and research students involved. 

Note: *Starred hyperlinks link to an external web page.

 

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The Louisville Ridge-Tonga Trench collision: implications for subduction zone dynamics*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £1.3M plus 52 days of ship time. – Durham Component – £820k

Christine Pierce – with collaborators at Oxford


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The role and extent of detachment faulting at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £1.6M plus 51 days of ship time. – Durham Component – £363k

Christine Pierce – with collaborators at Oxford


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Mantle volatiles: processes, reservoirs and fluxes*

 

NERC Consortium Grant

Helen Williams – Jon Davidson – Linda Kirstien (Edinburgh) – Cees-Jan De Hoog (Edinburgh)


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Apatite as a quantitative tool for tephrochronology and magmatic evolution*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £220k

Madeleine Humphreys - Victoria Smith (Oxford)


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The importance of crystal exchange and magma mixing in volcanic systems: eruption-triggering mechanisms and timescales*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £293k

Jon Davidson – Ed Llewellin


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VoiLA*

 

NERC Consortium Grant – £3.2M – Durham Component – £322k

Jon Davidson – Colin Macpherson – Jeroen van Hunen, and collaborators at six institutions worldwide


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OSCAR - Oceanographic and Seismic Characterisation of heat dissipation and alteration by hydrothermal fluids at an Axial Ridge*

 

NERC Consortium Grant – £3.7M – Durham Component – £464k

Richard Hobbs – Christine Pierce – Tong, V. (UCL) – Ballentine, C. (Manchester) – Morales Maqueda, M. (NOCL) – Megann, A. (NOCS) – Smeed, D. (NOCS)


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Mantle volatiles: processes, reservoirs and fluxes*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £220k

Madeleine Humphreys


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Orogenic Plateau Magmatism*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £350k

Mark Allen – Jeroen van Hunen


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What drives and resists plate sinking through the transition zone?*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £360k – Durham Component – £200k

Jeroen van Hunen


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How does crust form at arcs? – a Multidisciplinary Study of the Lesser Antilles Volcanic Arc*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £560k – Durham Component – £334k

Jon Davidson – with Prof. Mike Kendall at Bristol


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Fault lubrication during earthquake propagation in thermally unstable rocks*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £560k

Nicola De Paola – Prof. R.E. Holdsworth - Dr. E. Llewellin


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Establishing causes of sea-level change and oceanic anoxia in the Late Cretaceous: regional versus global patterns*

 

NERC Standard Grant – £560k

Darren Gröcke – Dave Selby


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JARR (Jurassic Analogues: Resources to Reserves)*

 

NERC Catalyst Grant – £65k

Howard Armstrong – Andy Aplin – Prof Tom Wagner (Newcastle University) – Jonny Imber – Chris Greenwell – Jon Gluyas


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Earthquake hazard from 36Cl exposure dating of elapsed time and Coulomb stress transfer*

 

NERC Standard Grant

Ken McCaffrey – Gerald Roberts, (UCL) – Richard Phillips, (Leeds) – John McCloskey (Ulster)

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Mineral Interface Determination During Shale Hydration

 

Royal Society Industry Fellowship – £137k

Chris Greenwell


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Fault Volume: a tool to enhance fault seal and transmissibility prediction

 

Royal Society Industry Fellowship with Badley Geoscience Ltd. and Geospatial Research Ltd

Jonny Imber


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Archaen Earth peptide Formation

 

Leverhulme Trust – £250k

Chris Greenwell – with collaborators at Oxford


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MacroBioCrude*

 

EPSRC – £1.6M

Phil Dyer – Chris Greenwell (and others)


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The use of 'waste' Mn oxides as contaminated land remediation products*

 

EPSRC – £391k – Durham Component – £300k

Karen Johnston (Engineering) – Fred Worrall


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Waste Materials for Water Treatment

 

EPSRC & Northumbrian Water Ltd – £21k

Chris Greenwell — Karen Johnson (Engineering)


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Lowland peatland systems in England and Wales – evaluating greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balances*

 

DEFRA Project SP1210 – £272k

Fred Worrall – with CEH Bangor, Rothamsted Research, University of Leeds, University of Leicester, CEH Wallingford, Open University, Queen Mary University of London


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Understanding Pyrolysis of Macroalgae

 

EPSRC & CPI – £36K

Chris Greenwell — Phil Dyer (Chemistry)

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HURRICANE*

 

ERC Starting Grant – €1.4M

James Baldini


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MASE*

 

ERC Starting Grant – €1.5M

Jeroen van Hunen – Colin Macpherson – Jon Davidson


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HabitablePlanet*

 

ERC Starting Grant – €2.0M

Helen Williams


European Commission 7th Framework

IsoVolc*

 

EU 7th Framework – £282k

Kevin Burton


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BioAlgaeSorb*

 

EU 7th Framework – €3.5M – Durham Component – €550k

Chris Greenwell – with collaborators at Swansea University and in Industry


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TOPOMOD*

 

EU ITN network, Durham component – £350k

Jeroen van Hunen – Nicola De Paola – Jon Davidson – Mark Allen


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MetTrans*

 

EU ITN network

Kevin Burton – Helen Williams


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VERTIGO* – Volcanic Ash: Field, experimental and numerical investigations of processes during its lifecycle

 

EU ITN network – Durham Component €287k

Claire Horwell – Ed Llewellin – Richard Brown


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MED-SUV* – Mediterranean Supersite Volcanoes

 

EU ITN network

Gillian Foulger

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The Cambrian Explosion in the Sirius Pass, North Greenland

 

Agouron Institute – DKK 900k

Prof. David Harper – Prof. Don Canfield (Syddansk Universitet)


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Unravelling early animal evolution

 

FNU (Danish Research Council) – DKK 2M

David Harper


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The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE)

 

FNU (Danish Research Council) – DKK 4M

David Harper

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Muon Tomography for Carbon Storage

 

DECC and Premier Oil plc – £1.6 million

Jon Gluyas – Paula Chadwick (Durham) – Lee Thompson, Vitaly Kudryavtsev, Neil Spooner (Sheffield) – Cathryn Mitchell (Bath) – Sean Paling (Rutherford Appleton Lab) – Max Coleman (JPL, NASA)


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Fault-void infills: Pervasive and persistent permeability pathways along faults cutting crystalline rocks?

 

STATOIL – SINDRI – £250k


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ReFINE - Researching Fracking IN Europe

 

NERC – Shell – Chevron

Fred Worral – Gillian Foulger – Peter Styles (Durham) – Neil Thorpe (Newcastle) – David Reiner (Cambridge) – Zoe Shipton (Strathclyde)


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Overpressure in the Skagerrak Formation

 

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Stuart Jones


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Nanogeochemistry of Low Salinity Enhanced Oil Recovery.

 

Kurdistan Regional Government & BP

Chris Greenwell — Pablo Cubillas — Jon Gluyas


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VMRC* - Volcanic Margins Research Consortium

 

Industry Consortium of 5 hydrocarbon companies (DONGEnergy, ENI, JX Nippon, OMV and Statoil) with the University of Leicester, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen and CASP

Durham Team: Richard Brown – Richard Hobbs


Centrica

CO2 storage in depleted gas fields

 

Centrica – £340k

Simon Mathias – Jon Gluyas


GeoPOP

GeoPOP 3* - Pore Pressure and its Prediction in Clastic Sedimentary Rocks

 

Industry Consortium of 12 hydrocarbon companies

£2.7M – Durham Component – £1.9 M

Durham Team: Andy Aplin – Stuart Jones – Richard Hobbs


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VMRC* - Volcanic Margins Research Consortium

 

Industry Consortium of 5 hydrocarbon companies (DONGEnergy, ENI, JX Nippon, OMV and Statoil) with the University of Leicester, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen and CASP

Durham Team: Richard Brown – Richard Hobbs


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Geothermal Potential of the UK

 

BP – £140k

Jon Gluyas – Simon Mathias


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Novel HPHT Drilling Fluids

 

Saudi Aramco – £900k

Chris Greenwell — Andy Whiting (Chemistry)


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Exploring for helium

 

STATOIL – £180k

Jon Gluyas – Colin Macpherson – Chris Ballentine (Oxford)


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dHI (development of Hybrid Inversion)

 

Durham University and Ikon Science

Richard Hobbs – Bernard Piette (Department of Mathematics)

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