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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 Peirce – 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 Peirce – 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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VoiLA (Volatiles in the Lesser Antilles)*

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


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The structure and rheology of crystal mushes

Madeleine Humphreys


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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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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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NSFGEO-NERC Quantifying disequilibrium processes in basaltic volcanism*

NERC Large Grant – £3.5M

Ed Llewellin — in collaboration with Manchester University, Bristol University, Cambridge University and Arizona State University


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Reconstructing eruptive processes from volatile distribution in volcanic glass*

NERC Research Grant – £480k

Ed Llewellin — Madeleine Humphreys


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Fundamental Understanding of Oil Adhesion Under Reservoir Conditions

NERC Standard Grant – £156k

Chris Greenwell — Pablo Cubillas


Mineral Interface Determination During Shale Hydration

Royal Society Industry Fellowship – £137k

Chris Greenwell


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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MacroBioCrude*

EPSRC – £1.6M

Phil Dyer – Chris Greenwell (and others)


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Waste Materials for Water Treatment

EPSRC & Northumbrian Water Ltd – £21k

Chris Greenwell — Karen Johnson (Engineering)


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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


European Commission 7th Framework

IsoVolc*

EU 7th Framework – £282k

Kevin Burton


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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


MED_SUV

MED-SUV* – Mediterranean Supersite Volcanoes

EU ITN network

Gillian Foulger


CREEP

CREEP* – Complex RhEologies in Earth dynamics and industrial Processes

EU ITN network

Dr. Nic de Paola, Prof. Bob Holdsworth, Dr. Stefan Nielsen

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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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HIVE – Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions

R2HC - Wellcome Trust

Claire Horwell - with collaborators in Psychology, Anthropology, SASS and School of Medicine, academic partners in Indonesia, Mexico and Japan

The Earth Sciences department is proud to undertake research in collaboration with Industry partners. A selection of the recent ongoing projects are highlighted here:

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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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ReFINE - Researching Fracking IN Europe

NERC – Shell – Chevron

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


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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


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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Exploring for helium

STATOIL – £180k

Jon Gluyas – Colin Macpherson – Chris Ballentine (Oxford)


Understanding the Nanogeochemistry of Enhanced Oil Recovery

BP

Chris Greenwell – Pablo Cubillas


Modelling of Mixed Metal Oxides

Siam Cement Group Ltd — £173k

Chris Greenwell — Valentina Erastova

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