PhD Student Ben Callow attends the prestigious IEAGHG CCS Summer School in Canada, 2017

Article written by Ben Callow I was very fortunate to be selected for the 2017 IEAGHG Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Summer School, hosted by University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The 11th Summer School was a week-long intensive course covering all aspects of CCS; ranging from the technical challenges of capture, transport and storage methods to… Read More PhD Student Ben Callow attends the prestigious IEAGHG CCS Summer School in Canada, 2017

Marine electromagnetics for the investigation of deep water massive sulphide deposits

The global population is rising at an alarming rate, and is expected to reach 9.8 billion (UN Website, population database) by the year 2050. The demand for resources such as food, energy and metals will soar as a result. While technological advances in renewables and food production may be sufficient to satisfy future demand, maintaining… Read More Marine electromagnetics for the investigation of deep water massive sulphide deposits

A 3-day visit by Professor Paul Hoffman with a short-course on Snowball Earth

By Dr Thomas Gernon – Associate Professor in Earth Science (Thomas.Gernon@noc.soton.ac.uk)   Last month, Ocean and Earth Science welcomed Professor Paul Hoffman from Harvard University for a three-day visit. Paul is famous for developing the theory of ‘Snowball Earth’, when in the late Proterozoic (~700 Ma) the oceans froze and our whole planet was covered… Read More A 3-day visit by Professor Paul Hoffman with a short-course on Snowball Earth

2017 GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute – Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE) workshop and field trip – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Article by Vanessa Monteleone The GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes of Rifting and Subducting Margins) Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) organised a three-day  workshop (8th – 10th February 2017) on the thematic of Rifting Initiation and Evolution (RIE) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The aim was to summarise progress and recent scientific advances related to the RIE… Read More 2017 GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute – Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE) workshop and field trip – Albuquerque, New Mexico

PI-LAB phase II: The recovery

A team of seismologists from the University of Southampton are currently on board the Royal Research Ship Discovery sailing across the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. They are out for the second phase of the PI-LAB (Passive Imaging of the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary) project, this time recovering ocean bottom stations that were deployed last year. Their scientific mission is… Read More PI-LAB phase II: The recovery

Botanical investigations of the Pewsey Roman Vessel Hoard

This February, Wiltshire Museum are displaying, for the first time, the archaeobotanical remains associated with a hoard of 8 Roman bronze vessels. The hoard was carefully buried, either to keep the bronze bowls safe or perhaps as a votive offering. The archaeobotanical investigations, undertaken by staff from Historic England and the University of Southampton, have… Read More Botanical investigations of the Pewsey Roman Vessel Hoard

Fieldwork investigation of Sandstone Injectites in California

During October, new PhD student Ben Callow and Prof Jon Bull visited California to study field examples of sandstone injectites as part of two collaborative carbon sequestration projects STEMM-CCS (Horizon 2020) and CHIMNEY (NERC). California is home to some of the largest onshore examples of sandstone injectites in the world, providing Ben and Jon with… Read More Fieldwork investigation of Sandstone Injectites in California

New understanding of rip currents could help to save lives

This is a press-release for a new paper – Wave breaking patterns control rip current flow regimes and surf zone retention, published by members of the coastal group which can be accessed here. Research by the Universities of Southampton and Plymouth has found a new link between breaking waves and the hazard posed by rip currents. The… Read More New understanding of rip currents could help to save lives

Faults control the flux of water into the Earth during continental breakup

Gaye Bayrakci, Tim Minshull, Jon Bull and Richard Davy from the G&G group, with colleagues from six other institutions, have published a paper in Nature Geoscience this week, entitled “Fault-controlled hydration of the upper mantle during continental rifting”. This paper is the first to document a direct link between the fault activity and the amount… Read More Faults control the flux of water into the Earth during continental breakup