Professor Zoe Shipton

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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My research is concerned with the structural and permeability architecture of faults. Understanding 3D fault structure is key to answering many questions concerning the evolution of fault zone structures and the migration of fluids through the Earth's crust. My research focuses on four main areas

1) How do faults act as high permeability conduits? Will this type of fault allow potentially undesirable fluids, for example contaminated water or CO2, to escape from geological storage sites? Many “leaky” CO2 reservoirs are controlled by faults, and faults are responsible for controlling the formation of some ore bodies [PhD students: Megan Heather-Cooley, Nilay Gulyuz, Stewart Beattie, Ali McCay (2014), Neil Burnside (2010), Heather Moir (2010), Ben Dockrill (2006), Jonny Willson (2006). Post-docs: Yannick Kremer, Stuart Gilfillan, Jamie Kirkpatrick, Aisling Soden, Jen Roberts]

2) Low permeability faults often produce hydrocarbon traps or barriers to fluid flow.What controls the distribution of structural elements in the faults, and how does each structural element contribute to overall fault zone permeability? Is there any scaling of fault elements that would allow us to predict fault zone properties in the subsurface? [PhD students: Silvia Sosio de Rosa, Yannick Kremer (2014), Rachael Ellen (2013), Aisling Soden (2008), Aileen Bright (2006)]

3) Earthquakes are the tangible evidence of relative movements across fault zones.The processes of earthquake rupture propagation are critically dependent on fault structure and geometry. These processes can also potentially be controlled by changing fluid pressure on fault surfaces. Can we understand these processes by looking at faults exhumed from the depths where earthquakes are known to have nucleated? [PhD students: Brigitte Vogt, Jamie Kirkpatrick (2008), Susan Lawther (2011)]

4) How can we constrain uncertainty in geological models? Measurements of petrophysical fault properties can be incorporated into models of bulk fault properties, but how can we optimise data collection to capture variability? How much does our previous experience influence the way we interpret data? [PhD student Euan Macrae (2013), Post-docs: Clare Bond, Jen Roberts].

Each of these problems can be addressed by detailed characterization of fault zone structures and their permeability and physical properties. My research has a strong multidisciplinary approach and includes collaborations with geologists, civil and environmental engineers and statisticians.

 

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Publications

Rate-dependence of the compressive and tensile strength of granites
Kendrick Jackie E, Lamur Anthony, Mouli-Castillo Julien, Fraser-Harris Andrew P, Lightbody Alexander, Edlmann Katriona, McDermott Christopher, Shipton Zoe
Advances in Geosciences Vol 62, pp. 11-19 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-62-11-2023
Initial observations from machine learning approaches using UK temperature data for mine water thermal (MWT)
Jack Sally F, Burnside Neil M, Hirst Catherine M, Mehrabi Sarah, Shipton Zoe K
World Geothermal Congress 2023 (2023)
Assessment of flooded mine shafts for thermal energy storage
Whittington Daniel, Burnside Neil, Sentenac Phillippe, Johnson Gareth, Shipton Zoe, Kenney Alan
World Geothermal Congress 2023 (2023)
De-risking database for hot sedimentary aquifers
Brémaud Maelle, Burnside Neil M, Shipton Zoe K, Willems Cees JL
World Geothermal Congress 2023 (2023)
Lessons from mine water geothermal projects across Central Scotland
Burnside Neil M, Andrews Billy, Brémaud Maëlle, Deeming Katherine B, Flude Stephanie, Gillen Clodagh, Jack Sally F, Johnson Gareth, Otalega Izabella, Shipton Zoe K, Walls David, Whittington Dan
World Geothermal Congress 2023 (2023)
Natural hydrogen seeps as analogues to inform monitoring of engineered geological hydrogen storage
McMahon Christopher J, Roberts Jennifer J, Johnson Gareth, Edlmann Katriona, Flude Stephanie, Shipton Zoe K
Geological Society Special Publication Vol 528, pp. 461-489 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1144/SP528-2022-59

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A series of fortuitous events: Capture of carbon dioxide by milling of silicate minerals
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29/1/2024
Fault architecture in the Port Campbell Embayment, Otway Basin (Vic, Australia)
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10/1/2024
European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2020
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6/5/2020
European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2020
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6/5/2020
European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2020
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5/5/2020
Fracking Bad Language
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30/1/2020

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Understanding the rock fatigue mechanisms in underground hydrogen storage FUSE (Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund)
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2025
Unlocking the Economic Opportunity of Minewater Geothermal Resources in Scotland-PhD support
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
GigaWattHour Subsurface Thermal Energy storAge: Engineered structures and legacy Mine shafts: STEaM
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Burnside, Neil (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator) Johnson, Gareth (Research Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2022 - 12-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Deeming, Katherine
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator) Deeming, Katherine (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2025
Heat Flow in Complex Minewater Geothermal Systems (Studentship 1) – Numerical Modelling of Heat Transport, Storage and Fate in Minewater Systems (“Studentship”)
Burnside, Neil (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025
Heat Flow in Complex Minewater Geothermal Systems (Studentship 2) – Digital Twin for Integration of Minewater Resources into Engineering Systems (“Studentship”)
Burnside, Neil (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025

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Professor Zoe Shipton
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Email: zoe.shipton@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3183

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