Granitic rocks have been long identified as an important geological resource for geothermal energy and their suitability for geological repositories for disposing high-level nuclear waste. They frequently display complex fracture networks which are vital to characterize for both applications. This project will characterize fracture networks within granitic rocks using geometric and topological analyses of fracture networks at different scales to ultimately inform models of fluid flow at different scale.
The project will investigate faults and fractures from macro to meso-scale using aerial imagery and LiDAR. These remote sensing interpretations will be paired with structural field mapping. The aim is to characterise the connectivity of fracture sets of different scales.