Most of my research time is spent trying to enable Carbon Capture and Storage, to dispose of CO2 deep below ground.
A lot more information is available at the group I am mostly intimately involved with SCCS (Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage) , this is the largest and most diverse in the UK. There are other UK links at UKCCSC, and at the UKCCSRC
I am also working to create an option to put carbon back into the ground with biochar (low-temerature charcoal from agriculture and forest wastes)
This is with the UK Biochar Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. We have instruemtnsto make biochar under different conditions from a variety of materials, and analyses to discover what happens in the soil, and economic assessments to calculate a profitable route. Biochar can increase crop yield, make bio-oil and renewable heat - as well as lowering atmospheric CO2.
Carbon dioxide capture, transport and geological storage (CCS), Look here for most information SCCS (Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage)
I work also on conventional hydrocarbons. Oil and gas geology of fossil fuels, petroleum geology. Oil and gas reserves and resources.
Shale gas unconventional hydrocarbons
coal, as well as
Porosity and permeability of sub-surface fluid reservoirs, Diagenesis , Sandstone Cementation
Micro-analysis of mineral cements in sandstones and carbonates,
Disposal of radioactive waste - especially the geological setting as a barrier through integration of subsurface water flow, complexity, geochemistry, effects of waste on ecnlosing rock, gas migration and prediction into the near-and-far future..
Here is a short VIDEO, explaining some of what is undertaken in geological storage of CO2
There is a much longer explanation of CCS and carbon management from 9 February 2013, as a lecture to the General Council of the University of Edinburgh - which represents the University governance to the world
More about RESEARCH and links to current projects at top of that page
The School of GeoSciences is placed 6th in world for Environment and Ecology in Times Higher Education, using data provided by Thomson Scientific from its Essential Science Indicators from 1997 to 2007, with US institutions taking the top five places.
Edinburgh is Scotland's first Fair Trade University
Edinburgh University has goals to 1) Cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2010 - 1990 base year, 2) Improve energy efficiency by 20% by 2010 - 1990 base year, 3) Reduce water consumption by 20% by 2010 - 2000 base year
Carbon Dioxide was first isolated in a perfectly pure state at Edinburgh University by Joseph Black. An original glass phial of carbon dioxide – one of only three remaining produced by Joseph Black, is in the University Principal's collection in Old College. In 1756 Black presented the first quantitative analysis of carbon dioxide "Fixed air" in his paper to the Philosophical Society of Edinburgh.