Leicester Geology/ Mathematics/ Physics/ Engineering British Geological Survey (BGS) Meeting

On Wednesday May 27th 2015 a sandpit meeting was held to consider the writing of EPSRC in the area of mathematical methods in geosciences. Colleagues from Leicester and British Geological Talks were presented by colleagues from all disciplines. The programme was as below, with links to the slides presented.

Mathematical modelling

Davidchack (Mathematics): molecular simulations for geological applications

Goldobin (Mathematics): Theoretical physics and applied mathematics for to solidify physical-mathematical models for geophysical systems and processes.

Cangiani (Mathematics): PDE modelling in complex geometries.

Gorban (Mathematics): Mesoscopic modelling of complex physics.

Levesley (Mathematics): 3D Visualization of borehole

Physical modelling challenges

Rochelle (BGS): Modelling CO2-driven geochemical processes: carbonation processes at the pore scale, and density driven fluid mixing

Wilkinson (BGS): Geoelectrical Modelling

Moorkamp (Geology): How to link geophysical studies to processes and materials within the Earth

Gill (Engineering): Diffusional creep of the outer mantle

Fishwick (Geology): Tomography and model (re)construction from seismic datasets

Smith (Geology): Water in crustal magmatic systems

Branney (Geology): Pyroclastic density currents

Sinka (Engineering): Constitutive model development for granular and porous materials and modelling of particulate processes

We identified two areas of activity which we will pursue:

  • · Data methods in geosciences and we have a joint PhD led by Moorkamp, supported by Mathematics is being proposed. Gunn from BGS as also visited Leicester to discuss a data driven project for quality monitoring. Further activity related to data will be developed.
  • · Mathematical and computational modelling of the near surface. The focus here is on the crustal magmatic systems described by Smith, and the Vulcanology of Branney. This has relationships to questions of waste storage and leakage which are being considered by BGS.

A meeting to discuss a proposal to develop modelling techniques in these areas will be announced shortly.

We are interested in including anyone interested in this line of work from any discipline, so please feel free to come and contribute, no matter how tangential you believe your interest to be.

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