Georesources: From process understanding to holistic exploitation concepts

Exploration and exploitation of subsurface resources lie at the heart of this topic. Connecting fundamental and applied research we develop concepts to understand the key mass and energy fluxes associated with the carbon cycle and metal systems in sedimentary basins. This encompass  as well  physical, chemical and biological changes brought about during stimulation and production activities or during storage of energy and fluids as a base for best practice for the sustainable exploitation of sub-surface environments.

We have two process-orientated thematic thrusts; one that seeks to reconstruct the emplacement history of georesources over geological time, and the other that seeks to improve the efficiency of georesource extraction as well as determining the degree to which exploitation activities impinge upon the environment.

Sub-topic 1: Emplacement – Sources and Sinks over Geological Time: improve the description and quantification of sources, sinks and fluxes for carbon and metals in time and space .
Basin geodynamics: mass and energy fluxes
Deep biosphere: where bio meets geo
Metals: mobilisation,transport, deposition

Sub-topic 2: Exploitation - sustainability and technical developments: apply quantitative results to resource evaluation and subsurface facility studies in order to raise operational efficiency and safety. 

Clathrates: thermodynamics and exploitation
Advanced utilisation of subsurface reservoirs


Cross topic activities encompass monitoring and measurements in situ and in the lab as well as modelling with the aim to build a strategic toolbox of targeted technological system developments.

Latest publications:

Adams, M., Kempka, T., Chabab [Tillner], E., Ziegler, M. (2018): An innovative computationally efficient hydromechanical coupling approach for fault reactivation in geological subsurface utilization. - Computers and Geosciences, 111, pp. 46—57.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2017.10.007

Rahman, H. M., Kennedy, M., Löhr, S., Dewhurst, D. N., Sherwood, N., Yang, S., Horsfield, B. (2017 online): The influence of shale depositional fabric on the kinetics of hydrocarbon generation through control of mineral surface contact area on clay catalysis. - Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2017.10.012

Pei, L., Blöcher, G., Milsch, H., Zimmermann, G., Sass, I., Huenges, E. (2017 online): Thermo-mechanical Properties of Upper Jurassic (Malm) Carbonate Rock Under Drained Conditions. - Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00603-017-1313-0

Faleide, J. I., Pease, V., Curtis, M., Klitzke, P., Minakov, A., Scheck-Wenderoth, M., Kostyuchenko, S., Zayonchek, A. (2017 online): Tectonic implications of the lithospheric structure across the Barents and Kara shelves. - In: Pease, V., Coakley, B. (Eds.), Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution, (Geological Society Special Publications ; 460).
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1144/SP460.18

Baksheev, I. A., Trumbull, R., Popov, M. P., Erokhin, Y. V., Kudryavtseva, O. E., Yapaskurt, V. O., Khiller, V. V., Vovna, G. M., Kiselev, V. I. (2017 online): Chemical and boron isotopic composition of tourmaline from the Mariinsky emerald deposit, Central Urals, Russia. - Mineralium Deposita.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00126-017-0759-z

Acosta-Góngora, P., Gleeson, S. A., Samson, I. M., Corriveau, L., Ootes, L., Jackson, S. E., Taylor, B. E., Girard, I. (2017 online): Origin of sulfur and crustal recycling of copper in polymetallic (Cu-Au-Co-Bi-U ± Ag) iron-oxide-dominated systems of the Great Bear Magmatic Zone, NWT, Canada. - Mineralium Deposita.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00126-017-0736-6

Yang, S., Schulz, H.-M., Schovsbo, N. H., Bojesen-Koefoed, J. (2017 online): Oil-source rock correlation of the Lower Palaeozoic petroleum system in the Baltic Basin northern Europe). - AAPG Bulletin.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1306/02071716194

Harlaux, M., Romer, R. L., Mercadier, J., Morlot, C., Marignac, C., Cuney, M. (2017 online): 40 Ma of hydrothermal W mineralization during the Variscan orogenic evolution of the French Massif Central revealed by U-Pb dating of wolframite. - Mineralium Deposita.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00126-017-0721-0

Baqué, L. C., Soldati, A. L., Teixeira-Neto, E., Troiani, H. E., Schreiber, A., Serquis, A. C. (2017): Degradation of oxygen reduction reaction kinetics in porous La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ cathodes due to aging-induced changes in surface chemistry. - Journal of Power Sources, 337, pp. 166—172.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2016.10.090

Kastner, O., Norden, B., Klapperer, S., Park, S., Urpi, L., Cacace, M., Blöcher, G. (2017): Thermal solar energy storage in Jurassic aquifers in Northeastern Germany: A simulation study. - Renewable Energy, 104, pp. 290—306.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2016.12.003

Mousavi, S., Haberland, C., Bauer, K., Hejrani, B., Korn, M. (2017): Attenuation tomography in West Bohemia/Vogtland. - Tectonophysics, 695, pp. 64—75.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2016.12.010

Przybycin, A. M., Scheck-Wenderoth, M., Schneider, M. (2017): The origin of deep geothermal anomalies in the German Molasse Basin: results from 3D numerical models of coupled fluid flow and heat transport. - Geothermal Energy, 5, 1.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1186/s40517-016-0059-3

Willems, C. J. L., Nick, H. M., Donselaar, M. E., Weltje, G. J., Bruhn, D. (2017): On the connectivity anisotropy in fluvial Hot Sedimentary Aquifers and its influence on geothermal doublet performance. - Geothermics, 65, pp. 222—233.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geothermics.2016.10.002

Edwards, M. J., Kennedy, B. M., Jolly, A. D., Scheu, B., Jousset, P. (2017): Evolution of a small hydrothermal eruption episode through a mud pool of varying depth and rheology, White Island, NZ. - Bulletin of Volcanology, 79.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00445-017-1100-5

Sippel, J., Meeßen, C., Cacace, M., Mechie, J., Fishwick, S., Heine, C., Scheck-Wenderoth, M., Strecker, M. R. (2017): The Kenya Rift revisited: insights into lithospheric strength through data-driven 3D gravity and thermal modelling. - Solid Earth, 8, pp. 45—81.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5194/se-2016-139