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Geoscience for Africa

We bring together African geoscience expertise in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences with local partners and collaborators to meet the geoscientific challenges of Africa. These challenges require cross-disciplinary solutions.

We aim to understand the geology, georesources, climate, hydrology and landscapes of critical regions in Africa, and to analyse how natural resources can be harnessed best for sustainable development.

Mineral and hydrocarbon resources, groundwater, paleoclimate, natural hazards and geoscience education and training are particular areas of focus.

Funding

Cuthbert, M. O. Groundwater recharge in global drylands: processes, quantification & sensitivities to environmental change. NERC NE/P017819/1. August 2017-July 2022, £717,000

McDonald, I. The Platreef magma event at the world-class Turfspruit PGE deposit: Implications for mineralization processes and Bushveld Complex stratigraphy. PhD studentship award, Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, £68,409

Fagereng, A. and Goda, K. PREPARE: Enhancing PREParedness for East African Countries through Seismic Resilience Engineering. EPSRC Global Challenges RF project, £208,000 to Cardiff

Blenkinsop, T. Geita Gold Mine wrap-up workshop. Angolgold Ashanti, £10,585

Blenkinsop, T. Mining Governance And Growth Support Project Contract No. Mom/Mggsp/ Comp-C/C/05. Malawi Government/World Bank. Contract to create a new mining-related curriculum for Chancellor College, University of Malawi, £40,000

Blenkinsop, T. Structural Interpretation - Zimplats Ngezi Mines. Zimplats, £9,742

Pearson, P. N., Barker, S. and Wade, B. S. Ocean carbon cycling since the Miocene: testing the metabolic hypothesis. NERC standard grant NE/N001621/1. January 2016-January 2019,  £747,000

Pearson, P. N. Tanzania Onshore Paleogene Integrated Coring (TOPIC). Approved ICDP grant, $1,000,000

Selected publications

Academic staff

Professor Wolfgang Maier

Professor Wolfgang Maier

Professor in Earth Science

Email:
maierw@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5382
Professor Thomas Blenkinsop

Professor Thomas Blenkinsop

Professor in Earth Science

Email:
blenkinsopt@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0232
Professor Paul Pearson

Professor Paul Pearson

Professor

Email:
pearsonp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4579
Professor Ian Hall

Professor Ian Hall

Head of School, Earth and Ocean Sciences
Research Professor

Email:
hall@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5612 / +44 (0)29 2087 6689
Dr Iain McDonald

Dr Iain McDonald

Reader

Email:
mcdonaldi1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4295
Dr Ake Fagereng

Dr Ake Fagereng

Reader

Email:
fagerenga@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0760
Dr Mark Cuthbert

Dr Mark Cuthbert

Research Fellow and Lecturer

Email:
cuthbertm2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4051
Dr Tiago Alves

Dr Tiago Alves

Reader

Email:
alvest@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6754
Dr James Lambert-Smith

Dr James Lambert-Smith

Lecturer in Exploration and Resource Geology

Email:
lambert-smithj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4323

Postgraduate students

Michael Hodge

Michael Hodge

Research student

Email:
hodgems@cardiff.ac.uk
Bianca Kennedy

Bianca Kennedy

Research student

Email:
kennedyb1@cardiff.ac.uk
George Guice

George Guice

Research student

Email:
guiceg@cardiff.ac.uk

Associated staff

Dr Flavia Boscolo Galazzo

Dr Flavia Boscolo Galazzo

Research Associate

Email:
boscologalazzof@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 20874573

ELEMENT facility for geochemical fingerprinting of Earth materials

This facility comprises:

  • two Thermo X Series 2 quadropole ICP-MS spectrometers
  • JY Horiba Ultima-2 ICP-OES spectrometer
  • 213nm laser ablation system
  • micromill and microbalance
  • Olympus Delta Pro portable XRF spectrometer.

Dedicated fire assay laboratory

For analysis of precious metals in rocks, ores and other environmental samples. We have a wet geochemistry laboratory for preparation of samples in liquid form for ICP analysis.

Zeiss Sigma HD field emission gun analytical SEM

For high-resolution imaging and X-ray element mapping as well as quantitative analysis of major, minor and trace elements.

  • FEI XL30 Field Emission Gun Environmental SEM for high-resolution imaging and semi-quantitative X-ray element analysis of samples
  • Philips PW1710 Automated Powder X-ray diffractometer.

3D Seismic Lab

The 3D Seismic Lab comprises a state-of-the-art seismic interpretation and visualisation facility that supports research into diverse aspects of sedimentary basins, with emphasis on continental margins.

The key emphasis of the 3D Seismic Lab is on the development of 3D seismic methods and technology to the analysis of depositional and deformational processes.

Research students base their research on the large archive of data in the 3D Seismic Lab donated through collaborations with the petroleum industry and governments. Recent developments in our lab include seismic analyses of diagenesis and fluid flow on a basin scale, studies on the distribution of gas hydrates on continental margins, fluid-flow modelling through faults and structures, and the investigation of main geological controls on submarine landslides and channels.

The development of new quantitative methods in seismic interpretation is a key research topic within the 3D Seismic Lab.

Find out more about the 3D Seismic Lab facility.