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Special Issue on Rock Physics contribution to the Energy Transition Challenge

Special Issue: Rock Physics contribution to the Energy Transition Challenge

This Special Issue invites contributions presenting novel theoretical, experimental and applied progress in measurement of fundamental and coupled phenomena, modelling, and inversion of rock physics, with a particular emphasis on the role of rock physics in the energy transition challenge.
The energy transition will depend on an increasing use of renewables, together with continuous underground storage activities related to both the H2-fuel economy and CO2 usage and storage schemes. The efficiency of underground storage relies on our best interpretation of remote sensing data.
Therefore in this special issue, theoretical developments, laboratory experiments and digital simulations will be welcome for all applications from reservoir characterization, to gas/energy usage and storage, including but not limited to geothermal recovery, and H2 energy and CO2 storage.

Potential topics

We encourage the submission of papers covering different topics, from pure, fundamental research to more applied demonstrations and integrated case studies, including:
– Experimental rock physics and rock mechanics
– Fundamental and coupled multiphysics modelling, and multiscale applications
– Fluid(s)-rock coupled phenomena in reservoir complexes
– Advanced rock physics tools: Digital image analysis and machine learning
– Rock physics advances and applications in the energy transition pathway
Although we seek papers focused on the topics above, we will also consider contributions on more general rock physics aspects.


Contributed papers should be prepared according to the ‘Guidance for Authors’ and submitted to Geophysical Prospecting by the normal procedure via Research Exchange, taking care on the online submission form to select the drop-down menu for the Special Issue: “Rock Physics contribution to the Energy Transition Challenge”. To ensure the manuscript is processed timely, we request the authors to clearly state in the cover letter that the manuscript is submitted to this specific Special Issue, and notify the lead guest editor Dr Ismael Himar Falcon-Suarez ( via email with the subject line ‘GP Special Issue submission’.

Important dates

Paper submission deadline:                       31 August 2023
Acceptance/rejection notification:           1 October 2023
Paper publication:                                        November 2023

Editorial board

Ismael Himar Falcon Suarez (Guest Editor)
Angus I. Best (Guest Associate Editor)
Ludmila Adam (Guest Associate Editor)
Lucas Pimienta (Guest Associate Editor)
Giorgos Papageorgiou (Guest Associate Editor)
Hector Marin-Moreno (Guest Associate Editor)



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Siddharth Misra


Prof Dr Siddharth Misra’s research focuses on improving subsurface characterization and prospect evaluation for the exploration of hydrocarbons, minerals and water resources.

His major contribution is in the theory of electromagnetic responses of geological formations to various charge polarization phenomena. The theory has enabled him to introduce a multi-frequency electromagnetic log-inversion technique to remove dielectric effects for improved estimation of hydrocarbon pore volume.


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