Faculty of Science

Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration

The UWA Centre for Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration encompasses a broad range of geophysics and geology expertise related to subsurface characterization and monitoring of the Earth.

The Centre is directed by Winthrop Professor David Lumley, who is also the UWA Chair in Geophysics.

Research at the Centre focuses on the complex challenges associated with hydrocarbon exploration and recovery, unconventional subsurface energy resources, plate tectonics and seismicity, as well as geoscience aspects of environment and climate change. 

The Centre also performs research on how to sequester CO2 in an environmentally sustainable way, at UWA's new CO2 Processing and Sequestration Laboratory.

Our areas of world-class research expertise include:

  • Geophysical Imaging – especially 3D seismic in complex structural and stratigraphic areas
  • Geophysical Monitoring – especially 4D seismic to monitor subsurface fluid flow, and passive monitoring of natural/induced seismicity
  • Computational Geoscience – using the world’s largest supercomputers to perform HPC geoscience modeling and imaging research
  • Quantitative Stratigraphy and Sedimentology – combined analysis of geologic outcrops, core, microscopy, basin models, 3D seismic interpretation and geophysical inversion
  • Biostratigraphy and Palynology – from basin to tectonic scales, providing new insights to the geologic evolution of Australia, its neighbors and other parts of the world.

The Centre enjoys collaborations with academic, government and industry colleagues across Australia, and with world-class international universities and research labs.

In addition, Centre researchers work closely with UWA’s School of Earth and Environment, School of Physics, School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, Centre for Exploration Targeting, Centre for Energy, and The Energy and Minerals Institute.

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