We are currently working on:
- Icy porous materials, specifically:
- ice/hydrate-bearing sediments: predicting the fate of frozen methane and water in marine sediments and permafrost under climate warming or man-made perturbations.
- snow/firn hydrology: understanding the fate of water in warming cryosphere to decide how we as a society should preserve and adapt.
- microstructure of porous ice: predicting the mechanical properties of the surfaces on icy planetary bodies such as Enceladus.
- Geologic carbon sequestration: improving our engineered capability to safely store CO2 underground away from the atmosphere.
- Drylands hydrology: advancing our observational and predictive capabilities of the vadose zone to understand how climate change will impact water resources in water-stressed regions.
- Soil biogeochemical processes: understanding and modeling the generation of greenhouse gases in soil and its subsequent exchange in the global carbon cycle.
- Geothermal systems: understanding, modeling and engineering fluid-rock interactions to enable efficient extraction of heat from subsurface.