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
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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