The transport properties of geomaterials: Theory, modelling, measurement, application and integration
Co-Convener: F. Ferri 
Oral Programme
 / Fri, 24 Apr, 08:30–12:00  / Room 37
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Thu, 23 Apr, 17:30–19:00  / Halls X/Y

You are cordially invited to participate in and attend the session MPRG7: The transport properties of geomaterials: Theory, modelling, measurement, application and integration of the 2009 General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union to be held April 19-24, 2009 in Vienna, Austria.

This session aims to provide a platform for the study of novel and integrated geoscientific techniques in order to examine the transport properties of geomaterials.
Contributions will be accepted on the subjects of (i) fluid flow, permeability, fluid conductivity at all frequencies and scales, (ii) electrical properties, conductivity, resisitivity and permittivity in both real and complex domains and at all frequencies and scales, (iii) heat flow, geothermal states, thermal conductivity and diffusivity, (iv) transport of energy by elastic waves, velocities and dispersion of pressure shear and other types of elastic wave, (v) rheological mass flow (vi) diffusion of atomic species within solid crystals.

The primary aims of the session are:

1. To provide an opportunity for scientists interested in the transport properties of geomaterials to share advances in the development of laboratory and field-based geoscientific techniques.
2. To examine the physical relationships between physical properties that have often been considered separate. For example, electro-kinetic links between electrical and flow properties or seismo-kinetic links between flow and seismic properties.
3. To examine the effect of rock microstructure and anisotropy upon the transport properties of rocks, including methods to characterize the anisotropy experimentally, and its links with the rock structure.
4. To examine the effect of pressure and temperature upon the transport properties of rocks directly or via a change in the rock microstructure.
5. To examine how integrated field and laboratory studies and/or integrated techniques can provide a better approach to geophysical problem solving.

Presentations and posters that cover (i) the development of theory, (ii) numerical or (iii) digital modelling, (iv) the design of experimental apparatus and the subsequent experimental results, (v) information discovered from field studies, and (vi) the application of geotransport data to the solution of geological and geophysical problems are all welcome. Studies that integrate two or more of these approaches are particularly welcome.

Posters and oral presentations on all subjects related to the use of earth sciences techniques to the understanding of the transport properties of rocks at any scale and by any method are welcome. Papers using pluridisciplinary approaches or related to integrated case studies are particularly encouraged. We also strongly encourage contributions which apply novel or established technical methods in new ways or in order to answer new questions.

Further general information on the General Assembly, registration and financial support will be found at

This session follows the successful Transport properties session that was run at the 2008 meeting of the European Geosciences Union and will be the second of a foreseen annual session on Transport properties during the annual EGU congress.

Participants in 2009 will have the opportunity to take part in this session as well as any of over 500 other sessions representing the best european geoscience research that are linked to your areas of expertise and your research needs. You will have the opportunity to discover the latest in physical, chemical and non-destructive analysis and exploration techniques.

Fluid permeability
Electrical conductivity
Thermal conductivity
Elastic wave propagation
Electro-kinetic, electro-thermal and electro-seismic effects
Advection and diffusion
Rock microstructure
Field studies
Numerical modelling