Advancing geophysical inversion methods for assessing carbon mineralization potential

Serpentinites are a type of rock that are reactive with CO2 and convert it to solid minerals that are stable on geologic time scales; this process is known as carbon mineralization. These rocks are often associated with economic mineral deposits in Canada and elsewhere, and mines at these locations can offset, or even have a net-negative carbon output. The density and magnetic properties of these rocks vary depending on their reaction potential, meaning that geophysical measurements at the surface may be used to locate and estimate volumes of reactive rocks. In this project, interns will learn about and develop advanced inversion methods for building 3D models of the subsurface. By interacting with the sponsor, they will gain practical experience with field data and techniques applied in the mining industry. This project will provide sponsors with increased knowledge of advanced inversion techniques, as well as access to open-source tools to perform inversions.

Thibaut Astic;Joseph Capriotti;Anne Isabelle;John Weis
Faculty Supervisor: 
Lindsey Heagy;Douglas Oldenburg
British Columbia
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