Edinburgh Earth Resources

Our planet is home a wide variety of natural resources, and here at Edinburgh Earth Resources our researchers are dedicated to understanding not only how to exploit these resources most efficiently, but how to do so responsibly for the benefit of all.

We undertake multidisciplinary research which aims to develop methods and strategies to help enable the sustainable use of subsurface natural resources. We combine the strength of a number of established research groups across Edinburgh who focus on issues surrounding the responsible use of the following resources:

•   Biomass and Soils •   Carbonates •   Carbon Storage •   Geothermal and Energy Storage •   Minerals •   Nuclear Waste •   Oil and Gas •   Unconventional Hydrocarbons •   Water 

The Edinburgh Earth Resources benefits from expertise across the School of GeoSciences. Our interdisciplinary research is built on strong core disciplines that include ecology, environmental sciences, geography, geology, geophysics, meteorology and oceanography. With over 370 academics, researchers and research students, we are the largest grouping of GeoScientists in the UK. Our “Earth Systems and Environmental Science” was was ranked top Research Power in “Earth Systems and Environmental Science” in REF 2014.

Research Themes

  1. Evolution and dynamics of fluid flow in porous media
  2. Investigating resource formation and extraction techniques from experimental simulation of conditions from Earth’s surface to deep mantle
  3. Determining the role of coupled processes (eg microbial and geological processes) on the formation, extraction and monitoring of resource development
  4. Combining 'big data' processing and interpretation with digital rock physics to better constrain resource evaluation and characterising extraction related harzards
  5. Integrating experimental and modelling data with field studies of natural geological analogues which can act as ‘natural laboratories’