About the Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform

CSIRO’s Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform has addressed high-risk, high-reward research challenges to help discover and manage our minerals, energy and water resources by developing new and powerful subsurface imaging and modelling technologies.  Our methods are founded on interdisciplinary data analytics and inversion strategies, providing improved subsurface understanding from sparse, incomplete, and noisy data, using quantitative approaches that recognise the inherent uncertainties in geoscience data.

In energy exploration, Deep Earth Imaging has focused on the development of techniques for joint modelling of passive seismic and magnetotelluric data, interface imaging from potential field data, and full waveform inversion augmented by rock physics knowledge. These improved imaging techniques allow the quantification of model uncertainty, which leads to better-informed decisions relating to energy storage and exploration. Research investigations range from the micro to continental scale.

In minerals exploration, the focus of Deep Earth Imaging has been the development of geophysical and analytical tools to underpin more probabilistic-based area selection. This work builds upon the simulation of mineral systems; how fluids move through basins and along faults and fractures; improved imaging of interfaces, and the exploration of methods to infer processes from geophysical expressions.

In contrast with energy and mineral resources, new water resources not only need to be discovered, they also require management so that existing or planned use does not compromise future economic, social and environmental use. Deep Earth Imaging has developed quantitative methods, to explore and manage sustainable groundwater use.

Read more on our research to learn how we have tackled these challenges.

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