Seismology: earthquake hazard; earthquake predictability; non-linear dynamics and statistical mechanics of earthquake sources; earthquake triggering. Rock Physics: fluid flow in fractured media; fracture scaling; fluid-rock interactions during deformation; coupling of mechanical, chemical and hydraulic processes; time-dependent deformation.
Hismainfocus in reasearch is thenumerical and experimentalinvestigation of coupled processes relevant to geoscientific applications. It is important toDr. McDermottthat the areas he works inhave a real relevance to actual geo-engineering problems.A significant part of his research time is spent in thefurther development of the object oriented code GeoSys/RockFlow for the simulation of coupled processes. This code isopen source and available for research purposes.His work has been applied in the following areas
Flow, heat and mass transportin the subsurface.
Reactive flow in the subsurface.
Coupled processes in Geo-reservoirs.
Two phase flow.
Further development of GeoSys/RockFlow.
Introduction of Geoscience knowledge into planning and development.