Peter Alt-Epping

Biographical Summary

Dr. Alt-Epping carried out his undergraduate studies in Geology at the University of Freiburg, Germany and at Brock University in St. Catherines, Canada where he obtained his BSc in Geology. He graduated from the University of Freiburg with a MSc in Geology and after that went back to Canada - this time to pursue a PhD in geochemistry, hydrogeologie und numerical modelling at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His PhD research involved coupled geochemical, fluid-flow and heat- and mass-transport simulations of processes at mid-ocean ridges aimed at finding geochemical constraints on the vigor of convection in the upper oceanic crust. After his PhD Dr. Alt-Epping went on to pursue a post-doc at CSIRO, Exploration and Mining in Perth, Australia. His task was to develop and apply reactive transport codes to aid mining and mineral exploration. After his post-doc he was offered a position as an Assistant Professor ("Assistent") and later as an Associate Professor ("Oberassistent”) at the University of Bern, Switzerland. In Bern he has worked on a broad range of research projects involving numerical studies of geological and engineered systems. His work includes research on ore-forming systems, fluid flow and reactive transport related to seamounts in the Pacific Ocean, repositories for nuclear waste, geothermal systems and the feasibility of CO2 sequestration in Switzerland.


SCCER-SoE Responsibilities

My work will focus upon WP1. I will use quantitative numerical simulations to unravel coupled chemical–hydraulic–thermal processes in deep geothermal systems and during injection and storage of CO2 in geological formations. Research areas include, among others, fluid-rock reactions in the reservoir and implications for the reservoir permeability, mineral scaling, chemical stimulation, chemical indicators of incipient corrosion, CO2 storage capacity, trapping mechanisms and plume migration. For simulations I can choose from a range of numerical codes: From stand-alone geochemistry simulators such as PHREEQC ( to PFLOTRAN, a state-of-the-art massively parallel flow and reactive transport code for describing surface and subsurface processes (