Center for Modeling of Coupled Subsurface Dynamics


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Winter School

CSD Winter School 13-17 March 2023

The Winter School hosted by the Center for Modeling of Coupled Subsurface Dynamics held in Myrkdalen from March 13-17 in 2023 was a great success!

participants of winter school
Participants at the winter school.
Inga Berre
Hamdi Tchelepi was the main lecturer at CSD Winter School.
Inga Berre
Panel discussion on "Building a career in science", moderated by Kundan Kumar.
Inga Berre


The winter school concentrated on various aspects of modeling subsurface systems with multiple phases or components, such as soil, water, air and CO2. Attendees learned about various mathematical and computational techniques and challenges for simulating the behaviour of these systems, as well as how to apply these tools to solve practical problems in fields such as CO2 storage, civil engineering, and geosciences.

The main lecturer at the winter school was Hamdi Tchelepi from the University of Stanford, who gave lectures on a several topics from contact mechanics including faults and fractures and simulation of CO2 sequestration in the subsurface. There were also many other lectures delivered by renowned experts on different numerical methods for simulating subsurface dynamics, the connection between modelling and experiments, the monitoring of induced seismicity and energy storage. The school also included a hands-on tutorial of the simulation software PorePy and group discussions about the role of scientists in society by debating ethical issues related to subsurface energy extraction and storage.

During the day, when not attending lectures, the participants enjoyed downhill or cross-country skiing. Some even tried skiing for the very first time with significant improvement during the week. On Wednesday evening we were lucky enough to see northern lights. It was quite spectacular. Overall, the CSD winter school 2023 was a huge success. Participants left with a better understanding of subsurface modeling in theory and in practice, as well as new connections to fellow students and experts in the field.