UCL Earth Sciences


Industry & Partnerships

Earth, planets, palaeontology, micropalaeontology, geochemistry, seismology, sedimentology, polar observation and modelling, geodynamics, petrology, volcanism, rock mechanics, mineral physics

The problem-solving approach encourages collaborative research across academic disciplines and in partnerships with number of industries. In addition to the presentation of our results to the scientific community through conferences, meetings and publications, our research is also disseminated in many diverse areas, ranging from geological hazards and climate change, to restoration projects and the investigation of materials for use in fuel cells.  Examples include:

Earth’s Polar Ice Masses

Antarctic ice sheet

New satellite observations and model physics to understand and improve forecasting of the Earth’s polar ice masses.

Sand Dune Morphodynamics

Sand Dune Morphodynamics

Salah Gas for BP and Hassi Ba Hamou for BG in the Algerian desert

Sand dune morphodynamics that benefit engineering and petroleum companies.

Extreme Weather Services

EuroTempest Ltd, Tropical Storm Risk (TSR)

Extreme weather services to benefit industry and humanitarian relief.

Microfossil Stratigraphy


The application of microfossil stratigraphy in the exploration and management of hydrocarbon reservoirs:

Landslide Hazard and Risk

Hong Kong - UCL Hazard Centre

An example of impact delivered via a project to assess landslide risk in Hong Kong

Arsenic pollution of groundwater

Partnerships in India & Nepal

Many anoxic lake, river and groundwater systems throughout the world are contaminated with arsenic.

Hydrocarbon Reservoir Modelling

Ainsa Sedimentary Basin

Improved geological models aiding hydrocarbon reservoir development and management.

Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions

El Hierro (Canary Islands)

Conventional analyses of the precursory trends for developing deterministic forecasts