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WHO WE ARE
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WHO WE ARE

We are the Ocean and Earth EM laboratory of the Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, at the University of Texas at Austin. At OCEEMlab, we study a broad spectrum of upper mantle-to-crust mechanisms and lithosphere-biosphere interactions. 
WHAT WE DO
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WHAT WE DO

The OCEEMlab is dedicated to researching active tectonic processes, which are paramount to understanding both natural hazards and resource dynamics. Our current inquiries span a range of topics, from the mid-ocean ridge, transform faults, and the ramifications of ice-sheet retreat on fluid flow to the roles of toroidal and poloidal mantle flow in a continental breakup, the study of offshore submarine freshwater and monitoring CO2 storage sites. We harness an array of marine instruments to unravel the intricacies of Earth's dynamic systems. Our primary tools involve passive and active marine electromagnetic (EM) remote sensing techniques (MT and CSEM), which we complement with seismic, gravity, and core data. Our data undergo rigorous analysis and interpretation, leveraging geophysical inverse modeling, petrophysical correlations, and rock physics paradigms.

Furthermore, OCEEMlab promotes innovation in marine CSEM technologies. Our marine CSEM systems are designed to chart areas affected by climate change and contribute to the present global endeavor toward developing a New Blue Economy. This includes mapping and characterizing new marine resources, such as seafloor minerals and underwater freshwater sources.

 


  

Studying deep mantle to ultra-shallow crust structures and processes

Natural hazards

  • Volcanic plumes

  • Plume-mantle dynamics 

  • Continental break-up

  • Plate boundary-generated earthquakes 

  • Subduction and seafloor spreading zones

Natural resources

  • Offshore submarine freshwater 

  • Seafloor minerals

  • Geologic hydrogen systems

  • CCS site monitoring

  • Marine gas hydrates/permafrost 
     

NEWS
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