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Emmanuel Gaucher

Emmanuel is currently a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Emmanuel is a geophysicist whose interest concentrates, for more than 25 years, on the seismicity induced or triggered by geo-reservoir exploitation (e.g. oil and gas, deep geothermal) and its link with the well operations and the geological/geophysical context. He is focusing on the underlying processes for the origin of the induced seismicity, their modelling and the consistency with the observations. Current research projects include those on the Upper Rhine Graben and on the German Molasse basin. They include acquisition and processing of induced seismicity for deep geothermal field characterization, thermo-hydro-mechanical modelling of geothermal reservoirs and integration of both aspects by the field operator for sustainable reservoir management. Emmanuel is also investigating the potential of Distributed Acoustic Sensing for seismic monitoring as well as the coupling of seismicity occurrence with THM reservoir models.

After finishing his Ph.D., Emmanuel spent 12 years working for service companies in the oil and gas sector focusing on hydrofrac passive seismic monitoring (CGG-Veritas and Magnitude-Baker-Hughes). Among other things, he carried out research and developments in the above-mentioned topic and led several projects for international operating companies (e.g. BP, Maersk, Kuwait Oil Company, Total). In 2010, he joined the department of Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Besides his lecturing duties (induced seismicity, borehole logging, scientific computing and reservoir modelling), he is/has been involved or led several national or international projects associated with seismicity induced in deep geothermal fields. He also acts as scientific advisor on the seismic monitoring at several geothermal fields under development.

Education

Ph.D. in Internal Geophysics – Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France, 1998
M.Sc. in Internal Geophysics – Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France, 1993
B. Sc. in Fundamental Physics – Université Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris 6, France, 1991