Modelling palaeoclimates to aid oil exploration - a GETECH-University of Bristol partnership

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Geographical Sciences

Abstract

Concern about ¿peak oil¿ has increased the need to explore for new oil reserves. Exploratory drilling is high risk and one way to improve efficiency is by using model predictions of past climates to identify key regions. This proposal is a joint collaboration between GETECH (a petroleum and minerals consultancy) and the University of Bristol. We are seeking proof-of-concept funding (a) for GETECH to prepare palaeogeographic reconstructions for three past time periods, and (b) for the University of Bristol to use these maps to perform state-of-the-art palaeoclimate model simulations. Both GETECH and the University of Bristol will use these results to investigate the accuracy and applicably of the climate models for exploration. If successful, this will lead to commercial products for the oil exploration industry.

Publications

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Fenton IS (2016) The impact of Cenozoic cooling on assemblage diversity in planktonic foraminifera. in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

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Kennedy AT (2015) Atmospheric and oceanic impacts of Antarctic glaciation across the Eocene-Oligocene transition. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

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Lunt D (2015) Palaeogeographic controls on climate and proxy interpretation in Climate of the Past Discussions

 
Description The aim of this project was to explore possibilities of running palaeoclimate simulations using palaeogeographic maps provided by the geological consultancy GETECH.



We were successful in running some short pilot simulations for three key time periods in the past.
Exploitation Route This project formed the basis for a very fruitful collaboration with Getech.
Sectors Energy,Environment

 
Description Cretaceous-Paleocene-Eocene: Exploring Climate and Climate Sensitivity - NE/K014757/1
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/K014757/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2016
 
Description NERC IOF
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
 
Description NERC Large Grant
Amount £2,318,987 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/P01903X/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 08/2022
 
Description GETECH-Bristol agreement on palaeoclimate modelling project 
Organisation Getech
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Following the pilot study, we now have an agreement with GETECH to run an expanded set of simulations, covering the last 150 million years in the first instance.
Start Year 2012