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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge



Herbert Huppert was born and received his early education in Sydney, Australia.  He graduated in Applied Mathematics from Sydney University with first class Honours, a University medal and the Baker Travelling Fellowship in 1964.  He then completed a Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, and came as an ICI Post-doctoral Fellow to the University of Cambridge in 1968 for what was meant to be a one-year sojourn.  He has not yet left!  He has published widely using fluid-mechanical principles in applications to the Earth sciences: in meteorology, oceanography and geology.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987.  In 2005 he was the only non-American recipient of a prize from the US National Academy, being awarded the Arthur L. Day Prize Lectureship for contributions to the Earth sciences; and the first Australian to win this prize.  He has been elected a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Physical Society.  He was awarded the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2007 and will be giving the Bakerian Prize Lecture of The Royal Society in 2011. 


Carbon dioxide sequestration, general fluid mechanics.


Key publications: 

Lyle, S., Huppert, H.E., Hallworth, M.A. and Chadwick, A. (2005) “Axysymmetric gravity currents in a porous medium”, J. Fluid Mech. 543, 293-302

 Bickle, M., Chadwick, A., Huppert, H.E., Hallworth, M.A. and Lyle, S. (2007) “Modelling carbon dioxide accumulation at Sleipner: Implications for underground carbon storage”, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 255, 164-176.

 Neufeld, J.A. and Huppert, H.E. (2009) “Modelling carbon dioxide sequestration in layered strata”, J. Fluid Mech. 625, 353-370.

 Neufeld, J.A., Vella, D. and Huppert, H.E. (2009) “The effect of a fissure on storage in a porous medium”, J. Fluid Mech.  639, 239-259.

 Neufeld, J.A., Vella, D., Huppert, H.E. and Lister, J.R. “Leakage from gravity currents in a porous medium.  Part I. A localized sink”, J. Fluid Mech. (in press).

Vella, D., Neufeld, J.A., Huppert, H.E. and Lister, J.R. “Leakage from gravity currents in a porous medium.  Part II. A line sink”, J. Fluid Mech. (in press).

 Neufeld, J.A., Hesse, M.A., Riaz, A., Tchelepi, H.A. and Huppert, H.E. “Convective dissolution of carbon dioxide in saline aquifers”, Geophys Res. Lett. (in press).





Director of the Institute for Theoretical Geophysics
Professor Herbert  Huppert
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