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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Professor David J Sanderson 

Professor of Tectonics and Geomechanics

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David Sanderson is Emeritus Professor within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Most of my research is into the fundamentals of deformation in the upper crust, based largely on field measurements combined with analytical and numerical modelling.  I seek to apply this research to practical problems in sub-surface engineering, hydrocarbon and water reservoirs, and mineral deposits.  Large parts of his career have been spent working closely with industry.

Research interests

My major scientific impacts are in strain modelling (oblique folds; thrust sheets; transpression), natural faulting and fracturing (relay ramps; fault damage zones; fault-scaling; fractal distribution of faults, fault attributes and mineral deposits), fluid flow in fracture networks (deformation controlled flow localization, fractured reservoirs).  My most recent work has focused on the topology of fracture networks.

I have held chairs in Queen’s University Belfast, University of Southampton and Imperial College London.

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Professor David J Sanderson
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/566/09

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