Energy, Resources and the Environment


What to see at EGU?: ERE 1.3 Fractures, mechanics and flow in tight reservoirs

Within a week the EGU General Assembly will kick off! This year the topic will be A Voyage Through Scales. For those that will attend for the first time, the scale of EGU itself may be impressive enough already. So how do you decide where to go? Here we hope to point you to a few interesting sessions, in case you get completely lost.

Today we asked Dr. Maartje Houben, one of the Young Scientists co-convening an ERE session, what we can expect from her session.


Fractures, mechanics and flow in tight reservoirs matter as well!

Unconventional oil and gas is often trapped in badly connected or even unconnected pores in the host rock (e.g. shales, tight sandstones). Hence, the presence of natural and/or induced fractures has become increasingly important in the exploitation of these natural resources. Especially in rocks with low matrix permeability’s the presence of fractures is crucial for reaching sufficient flow rates to economically produce hydrocarbons from these rocks. In addition, in order to extract heat or electricity from low-permeable geothermal reservoirs a natural or mechanical induced fracture network is also needed to improve fluid migration pathways into these reservoirs.

To discuss the interaction between fractures, mechanics and flow in all these tight reservoirs we organize the new ERE1.3 PICO session on Tuesday afternoon between 13 and 15 hrs. The session is a multi-disciplinary session and the contributors will give new insights through fast and interactive PICO presentations. A series of short 2-min madness presentations of each contribution will be followed by circa 1 hour of lively discussions in front of interactive PICO screens. The contributions will show (sub)surface fracture arrangements in tight reservoirs, either natural or modelled, and their relation to mechanical changes and changed flow behavior in these reservoirs on a multitude of scales.

Please join us on Tuesday afternoon for this exciting new session!

Schematic diagram of a tight reservoir

Schematic diagram of a tight reservoir


For those who are curious about what PICO is…

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Geomorphology Re-blog: Our EGU session died, what went wrong?

The EGU General Assembly 2015 is approaching, and with that a whole bunch of interesting new talks, posters and sessions! Or not!? What do you do when your proposed session has died because it simply did not attract enough submissions? Sabine Kraushaar did some session soul-searching and shared her advice on the Geomorphology Division Blog. Here’s what happened…


“Have you ever had this experience? You develop a session which you think could be such a great platform or a subject that definitely interests a lot of people and then only a few people register…this happened to Jan, me, and several others this year and our proposed sessions (GM1.2 Emerging research fields in geomorphology and GM 1.4 Data wealth versus data poverty – new strategies for geomorphic research in a disparate world) died before they really came to life.

Andreas Lang (EGU Geomorphology President) offered advice when he told us the news and we wanted to share his ideas and comments with you and sincerely hope that they will help everyone to kick off his or her session ideas in the future! THANK you Andreas for the interview!!!”

'Borrowed' from the Geomorphology Blog

‘Borrowed’ from the Geomorphology Blog


Curious? Read the whole post here! 🙂

The EGU Submission Deadline is coming!

Hello fellow scientists!

We hope you had a good start of the new year: may it be filled with plenty of exciting new research 🙂

As a quick reminder, the EGU abstract submission deadline is this week: on Wednesday the 7th of January at 13.00 CET. Don’t forget to submit your abstract to one of our ERE sessions and share your interesting work with us!

You can submit your abstract via the EGU website.

Good luck and we hope to see you in April!

The ERE Committee

Flying EGU colours by Suzanne Voice (source: ImagGeo)

Flying EGU colours by Suzanne Voice (source: ImagGeo)

Welcome to ERE Matters!


As of this month, the ERE Division has its own blog: ERE Matters – matters of the ERE Division, because Energy, Resources and the Environment matter!

Here we will keep you up to date on all ERE-related activities, at the EGU and elsewhere. Also you can find links to our Energy Procedia special issues and contact details. If you have something that you would like to share, whether it’s a post on your research, your latest publication or an interesting conference, please send us an email at

With the abstract submission deadline for the EGU General Assembly 2015 nearing (January 7th 2015, to be exact), we would like to draw your attention to the ERE Program. We decided to re-organise the various subprograms and we hope that this will make it easier to find a session suitable to present your work!

See you all next year in Vienna.

— The ERE Committee: Chris, Michael, Suzanne, Viktor, Maria, Hermann and Sian —

ERE Program

(image: ‘Alpine massifs above low level haze’ by Hans Volkert, via ImagGeo)