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  Information - MPRG3 Thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling and imaging in rock deformation

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Understanding thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in rocks is vital for solving a broad variety of geological problems involving fluid flow in porous and/or fractured rocks. The mechanical coupling between the liquid phase and the rock matrix and the linked role of the temperature plays a crucial role for
the characterisation of the fault structure at depth,
* the definition of fault healing, sealing and rupture processes in earthquake mechanics,
* the fracturing and flow mechanisms in volcanic areas,
* the exploitation of geothermal energy,
* the characterisation and production of reservoirs.
* the supply and protection of groundwater
* the long-term disposal of critical wastes of CO2,
Advancement of knowledges into the coupled processes of rocks, fluids and temperature needs to take in account the enormous complexity of rocks from micro- to macro- scale. We strongly encourage then contributions based on results from fieldwork, rock deformation laboratory experiments as well as theoretical modelling. Some of the questions that we hope to address in this session are: (a) How do geologists, rock phycists and reservoir engineers deal with such complexity ? (b) What are the key parameters in such type of coupling, and how they can be obtained? (c) How can we make our field observation and/or geophysical interpretations more realistic, and what data are needed to make them so?

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