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Seismicity induced by geothermal energy production

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Extraction of geothermal energy commonly induces micro-earthquakes, and sometimes these are large enough to be felt by the general population. In this project, you will analyse data from a variety of recent projects around the world to identify the key processes that control the seismicity, to assess the resultant risk, and to identify strategies to manage that risk, while accounting for all sources of uncertainty.

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Funding Notes

Full fees and stipend available competitively for UK students, possible fees-only awards to other EU students.


Giardini, D. (2009), Geothermal quake risks must be faced, Nature 462, 848-849 doi:10.1038/462848a.

Li, X., I. Main & A. Jupe (2018). Induced Seismicity at the UK “Hot Dry Rock” Test Site for Geothermal Energy Production, Geophysical Journal International, ggy135,

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