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Mine water geothermal heat project funded

The department of Earth Sciences is the lead on the large, interdisciplinary research project entitled “The Geothermal Energy from Mines and Solar-Geothermal heat (GEMS)”, which will explore the geological, engineering, social, and economical aspects of extracting geothermal heat from water in abandoned coal mines.
Drilling for Geothermal energy at Louisa Centre Stanley

Taught postgraduate courses (MSc degrees)

The Department is now offering and participates in 2 taught postgraduate degree programmes:
Satellite image with nodes and edges

Coseismic fault lubrication by viscous deformation

New Nature Geoscience paper by our team in the Rock Mechanics Laboratory, including Giacomo Pozzi, Nicola De Paola, Stefan Nielsen, Bob Holdsworth and Telemaco Tesei, shows that viscous deformation is a potentially prevalent mechanism of fault lubrication during earthquakes.
Scanned images of different rock types

Overriding water table control on managed peatland greenhouse gas emissions

New Nature paper by a team including Fred Worrall, shows the dominant importance of controlling the water table in developing CO2 sinks on peatlands. 
Nature paper on peatland

Jeroen van Hunen EGU Geodynamics Division President

Jeroen van Hunen has been elected as President for the Geodynamics division of the European Geoscience Union Geodynamics.
Jeroen van Hunen EGU GD President

Jenny Jenkins Monitors Recent Iceland Volcanic Eruption

Jenny Jenkins one of new Assistant Professors sent several days in Iceland working with her husband collecting seismic data about the recent Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption.

Jon Gluyas becomes President of Global Geothermal Energy Advancement Association

Professor Jon Gluyas (Director of Durham Energy Institute) is leading a new initiative bringing Industry and Academia together to advance the role of geothermal energy in the energy transition: the newly formed Geothermal Energy Advancement Association (GEAA).
Portrait image of Jon Gluyas

Tom Phillips: 2020 President’s Award from the Geological Society

After a long wait, Tom Phillips received the 2020 Presidents Award from the Geological Society in a virtual ceremony held on the Feb 25, 2021 .
Tom Phillips President’s Award from the Geological Society

Stephen Mills Scholarships

Two scholarships available for UK students to undertake MSc by research projects in Durham Earth Sciences.
Durham Cathedral

New opportunity to study climate science

We are excited to announce the launch of our new 3 year Climate Science degree course!
New Climate Science Course at Durham Earth Sciences

Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA)

Madeleine Stow received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) for a presentation given at the annual AGU Meeting in December 2020
Madeleine Stow Award

2021 Geochemistry Group’s Early Career Researchers Prominent Lecturer award

Postdoctoral Research Associate Martin Mangler has received the 2021 Geochemistry Group’s Early Career Researchers Prominent Lecturer award.
Martin Mangler