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We study the physics and mathematics of geophysical fluid flows in subsurface environments. We create theoretical and computational tools to investigate these multi-physics processes and address engineering challenges related to energy and the environment. Our work is at the intersection of petroleum engineering, geophysics, hydrogeology, and computational mechanics.

 

 

News and updates
  • 07/18: Dr. Jha taught an industry short course on Advanced Computational Methods for Reservoir Geomechanics and Induced Seismicity.
  • 05/11: Congratulations Qianru on winning the 2017 Best Teaching Assistant award! Congratulations Renuhaa on winning the 2017 Best Research Assistant award!
  • 06/29: Dr. Jha will give an invited talk at the 2017 Crustal Deformation Modeling Tutorial and Workshop in Golden.
  • 05/03: Dr. Jha received the Rose Hills Foundation Research Fellowship award for his research on induced seismicity.
  • 04/27: Renuhaa gave a talk titled "Coupled Flow and Geomechanical Modeling of Reservoir Seismicity: Effects of Hydraulic Communication and Well Type" at the 2017 SPE WRM in Bakersfield.
  • 04/25: Qianru gave a talk titled "A New Method for Geomechanical Modeling of Subsidence Induced Deformation in Fractured Rocks subjected to Hydraulic Fracturing" at the 2017 SPE WRM in Bakersfield.
  • 04/25: Saro gave a talk titled "Thermo-poro-mechanical Modeling of Stress Changes and Seismicity in Non-isothermal Reservoir Simulations" at the 2017 SPE WRM in Bakersfield.
  • 04/24: Renuhaa wins the Second Prize in 2017 SPE WRM Student Paper Contest. Congratulations Renuhaa!
  • 03/02: Dr. Jha gave a talk titled "Characterization of Poromechanical Behavior of Faulted Reservoirs During Injection-Induced Seismicity Using a Bayesian Inversion Approach" at 2017 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering in Atlanta.
  • 02/28: Saro gave a talk titled "Coupled Modeling of Flow, Deformation and Heat Transport in Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Systems" at 2017 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering in Atlanta.
  • 01/25: Postdoctoral Scholar Manjunath joins GEMLab. Welcome Manjunath!

2016

  • 12/16: Renuhaa gave a talk titled "Coupled Flow and Geomechanical Study of Intraplate Seismicity" at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
  • 12/14: Dr. Jha presented a poster titled "Security Implications of Induced Earthquakes" at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
  • 10/12: Dr. Jha gave a talk at the Shell Geomechanics Global Awareness Monthly Meeting.
  • 10/04: Dr. Jha gave a talk titled "Minifrac and Step Rate Testing" at a workshop organized for the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.
  • 10/01: Dr. Aminzadeh and Dr. Jha's joint project titled "Integration of Geophysical and Geomechanical Modeling to Monitor Integrity of Carbon Storage" got funded by DOE.
  • 08/17: Dr. Jha gave a talk at the Baker Hughes visit meeting at USC.
  • 07/21: Dr. Jha gave a talk to the Chevron geomechanics team on computational modeling of fault poromechanics and induced seismicity in oil and gas fields.
  • 04/13: Dr. Jha gave an invited talk to the Earth and Environmental Sciences group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
  • 01/15: Dr. Jha gave an invited talk at the Porous Media-Processes and Mathematics and UK InterPore Joint Annual Meeting in Edinburgh.