Scientist looking at a rock core sample in a computed tomography scanner.

CSIRO has an extensive geophysics capability.

Geophysics: aiding mineral and petroleum exploration research

CSIRO's geophysics capability contributes to a range of research applications from mineral exploration and mine safety to monitoring carbon dioxide storage.

  • 13 August 2010 | Updated 21 September 2012

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Just a small proportion of Australia's rich endowment of ore minerals, petroleum and geothermal resources has been produced.

A large amount of mineral and energy wealth remains to be found, characterised, quantified and exploited in a way that is sensitive to Australia's natural environment.

CSIRO's geophysics capabilities perform a number activities to aid in:

  • mineral exploration
  • increasing recovery rates of oil and gas reservoirs
  • monitoring and verification of carbon dioxide storage
  • geological modelling of sedimentary sequences for exploration.

These capabilities and activities include:

  • seismic and microseimic surveys
  • electromagnetic surveys
  • magnetic and gravity studies 
  • experimental rock physics
  • superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) 
  • testing rock properties via the Rock Mechanics and Petrophysics laboratories
  • contributing to research for the Centre of Excellence for 3D Mineral Mapping and Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre
  • developing new models to quantify and predict rock behaviour.

Read more about CSIRO's capability into Petroleum geoscience: meeting energy exploration and production challenges.

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