Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Seismic hazard induced by production of hydrocarbon and geothermal energy

June 22, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Scott Hall, Marquis Conference Room

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will host Serge A. Shapiro, professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, for a seminar on "Nature and control of seismic hazard induced by production of hydrocarbon and geothermal energy."

This is a free event that is open to all students and the general public. Lunch will be available 15 minutes before the start of the seminar.

Abstract

Productions and injections of fluids in rocks can induce significant earthquakes. Induced seismicity is observed by hydraulic fracturing of shale and stimulations of enhanced geothermal systems. Earthquakes can be caused by long-term developments of oil and gas fields. Understanding and monitoring of fluid-induced seismicity is necessary for controlling its seismic risk. The talk provides an overview of physical and geomechanical fundamentals of the seismic hazard, of approaches to its control and of various relevant case studies.

Bio

Serge A. Shapiro is Professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and since 2004, Director of the PHASE (PHysics and Application of Seismic Emission) university consortium project. From 2001 till 2008 he was one of Coordinator of the German Continental Deep Drilling Program. His research interests include seismogenic processes, wave phenomena, exploration seismology, and rock physics. He received the SEG Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal in 2013 for his pioneering work on fluid-induced seismicity and rock physics, and in 2004 was elected a Fellow of The Institute of Physics.

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