Date: February 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST
Title: Resource exploration for a net-zero emission future with electromagnetic methods in applied geophysics
Speaker: Andrei Swidinsky, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines and new Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Toronto
Location: Virtual registration link here.
The World Health Organization has stated that “Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”. To address the climate crisis, every effort must be made to reduce the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Indeed, for Canada to achieve its 2050 goal of net-zero emissions, innovations in green energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage technology are essential. I believe that geophysics plays an important role in this goal through the strategic value of certain natural resources. This talk will describe my plans for a new research program as the Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Toronto. As summarized in the figure below, I will outline four potential graduate student projects studying novel electromagnetic (EM) methods to explore for blind hydrothermal systems & critical mineral deposits, characterize enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and monitor CO2 storage. I will also describe ideas for an additional project related to the use of convolutional neural networks (CNNs) in mineral exploration, with the goal of developing university-industry partnerships focused on machine learning applications in geophysics.
Andrei Swidinsky, P.hD
Andrei Swidinsky completed his undergraduate education in theoretical physics at the University of Guelph, and continued his graduate studies in geophysics at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Nigel Edwards. Upon finishing his doctorate in 2011, he spent the following two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomar) working on geophysical joint inversion. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Department of Geophysics, where he has been a faculty member since 2013. His research interests revolve around the development of novel electrical and electromagnetic methodology, including its integration with other types of exploration data. He teaches a variety of courses on electrical and electromagnetic exploration techniques, ranging from introductory undergraduate classes to those at the advanced graduate level. He also directs the CSM Geophysics Field Camp, a four week comprehensive field course. A former KEGS scholarship recipient, in July 2021 he will be joining the University of Toronto, Department of Earth Sciences as Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics.