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Postgraduate research project

Reconciling geotechnical and seismic data to accelerate green energy developments offshore

Fully funded (UK and international)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Closing date

About the project

Society faces two critical challenges: 1) increasing energy demand and 2) effects of climate change. These challenges require decarbonisation of the energy system by increasing the use of renewable and clean resources, and implementation of CO2 mitigation strategies. In this context, the offshore environment and the geosciences both play a pivotal role in the sustainable production of green energy offshore and reduction of CO2 emissions [1]. Then, we require accessible, transparent and cost‐efficient seabed characterization technologies. For the green and digital transition, these technology components should satisfy the demands of the emerging renewable energy market, such as offshore wind, which focuses on the shallow sub-seafloor and cover large seafloor areas. Currently, it is time consuming and costly to collect, integrate, and process all the data required for the design and construction of green energy developments offshore. The aim of this project is to develop a physics-constrained, data-driven approach to estimate geotechnical parameters from seismic data. This approach encourages in-situ and non-intrusive geotechnical parameter estimation and reduces the number of samples to be tested in the laboratory. Ultimately, it promotes the use of green geo-resources offshore by reducing uncertainty, costs and time in the design of offshore foundations.

For full project details visit the Inspire project page.


  • Dr Hector Marin Moreno (University of Southampton)
  • Professor Tim Henstock (University of Southampton)    
  • Mark Vardy (SAND Geophysics)
  • Joonsang Park (NGI)
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