MIT Earth Resources Laboratory

The Earth Resources Laboratory (ERL) is MIT’s primary home for research and education focused on sub-surface energy resources. Through integration across disciplines, departments, and school boundaries, and with support from federal agencies and a consortium of energy companies, ERL addresses questions concerning hydrocarbon exploration and production, geothermal energy, CO2 sequestration, and near-surface environments.

ERL’s faculty, research staff, and students work with a variety of methodologies (including geophysical imaging, rock physics and chemistry, multiphase flow, geomechanics, microseismics, and remote sensing) to obtain a holistic understanding of sub-surface reservoirs—their structure, the geological materials of which they are made, the fluids that flow through them, and changes that occur in response to production.

Building on a rich tradition, ERL aims to produce tomorrow’s industry leaders through rigorous disciplinary education and broad exposure to the earth sciences, mathematics, and engineering.