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Department of Geoscience

Earth Science 118
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
T. 403.220.5184
F. 403.284-0074

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Research Areas

The Department hosts several major research groups: The CREWES Project, the Microseismic Industry Consortium, and the Centre for Applied Basin Studies. Each of these groups has annual meetings that involve scientists from outside the university. Students have opportunities to participate in the meetings and to interact with the wider scientific, industrial and professional community. Most researchers in the Department have associated activities within the Institutes for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE). Furthermore, individual research initatives occur in many areas of the geosciences, including petrology, tectonics, glaciology, Quaternary and surficial geology, hydrogeology, planetary geology, seismology and solid earth geophysics. There is much interdisciplinary effort in geochemistry, including aqueous, petroleum and isotopic studies.

The Petroleum Reservoir Group (PRG), a group of experienced scientists, engineers and technicians carrying out research, training highly qualified staff and applying their research results to the solution of problems relating to petroleum production from reservoirs.  While much of the work is applicable to practical activities related to sustainable energy production and the energy industries, some of the research is of quite a fundamental nature with implications for life in the deep biosphere or even for life in other planets such as Mars.

CREWES  (Consortium for Research in Elastic Wave Exploration Seismology), working closely with industry partners, conducts advanced research in resource exploration and development. It focuses on improved acquisition, processing and interpretation of multicomponent seismic data. The principal goal is improved 3-D geological images of the subsurface. The Project operates a state of the art computing facility for both theoretical development and application of data processing techniques, using both field and laboratory data.

Microseismic Industry Consortium was founded in January 2010. The Microseismic Industry Consortium is a novel, applied-research geophysical initiative dedicated to the advancement of research, education and technological innovations in microseismic methods and their practical applications for resource development. Working with industry partners and government agencies, the Consortium is a team of faculty, students and researchers hosted by the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. Taking advantage of multidisciplinary links to researchers at both universities, the Microseismic Industry Consortium benefits from access to specialists in a variety of related disciplines.

The Centre for Applied Basin Studies (formerly Applied Stratigraphy Research Group) uses a multidisciplinary approach, including biostratigraphy, ichnology, geochemistry, sedimentology, and sequence stratigraphy to resolve stratigraphic problems, characterize reservoirs, and determine tectonic influences on basin architecture and sedimentologic processes in basins around the world including Western and Arctic Canada.

The Applied Geochemistry group (AGg) employs a wide variety of physical, chemical, isotopic, and modeling techniques to study aspects of the water cycle and to trace the fate of anthropogenic carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur in surface and subsurface environments. The goal is to enhance sustainable practices in energy supply, forestry, and agriculture, while minimizing the impact on terrestrial and aquatic environments.

The Tight Oil Consortium (TOC) is a multidisciplinary research group with a focus on geological and engineering problems of low-permeability (tight) oil reservoirs. Research efforts are directed toward reservoir characterization, including geological characterization, pore structure and fluid flow analysis and fluid-rock interaction, as well as production analysis of these increasingly important resources.

Support for research in Petrology and Mineralogy is provided by the University of Calgary Laboratory for Electron Microbeam Analysis (UCLEMA).

CHORUS (Consortium for Heavy Oil Research by University Scientists) is a collaborative research project involving geoscience and reservoir engineering which attempts to optimize enhanced recovery in heavy oil fields. CHORUS is known for seismic monitoring and reservoir characterization of cold production fields.

The Department has a very active HYDROGEOLOGY  Research Group , with internationally recognized research programs in surface water-groundwater interaction, hydrogeophysics, isotope hydrology, numerical groundwater modeling, vadose zone hydrology, and alpine hydrology.

Associated Activities

Members of the Department are activie participants in many collaborative research endeavours, including: