Introduction: energy and the subsurface

Ivan C. Christov, Hari S. Viswanathan
  • Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, September 2016, Royal Society Publishing
  • DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2015.0430

What is it about?

This article is the introduction to a special theme issue of the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences on the topic of "energy and the subsurface".

Why is it important?

A recent roundtable report from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science identified the cross-cutting theme of ‘Controlling subsurface fractures and fluid flow’ as critical to achieving environmentally and economically sustainable energy growth. The report focused on developing scientific and engineering approaches to understanding and manipulating fluid flow through the fractured rock media that underlie the performance of diverse energy systems including the production of unconventional oil and gas (hydraulic fracturing) and enhanced geothermal energy generation as well as the long-term disposal of energy waste products through carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration and in nuclear waste repositories.

Perspectives

Prof. Ivan C Christov (Author)
Purdue University

I hope that this theme issue will, at the very least, stimulate wider interest in the subject and guide research directions that are currently at the forefront of many national and international governing and scientific bodies’ agendas.

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