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The Stanford Center for Earth Resources Forecasting (SCERF) provides research in the exploration, evaluation & development of Earth Resources, whether Energy, Water or Minerals.

Our motivation

"The challenge of living on a planet with a growing population requiring an increasing need for such resources. Any exploration, evaluation & development will have to rely on smart decision-making processes that address properly large uncertainties due to limited observations, whether from drilling, geophysical or flow dynamic data, and to mitigate environmental impact"

Our mission

"to provide solutions for such problems from data acquisition to decision analysis. We focus on developing state-of-the-art data scientific methods for the integration of spatial data over many scales, the quantification of uncertainty of subsurface systems, the value of information of data sources in the context of decision making purposes"

The SCERF program receives funding from industrial affiliate members from both the mineral and energy industry and funding for groundwater & geothermal resources from government entities and the School for Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Foundational references

Eidsvik J, Mukerji T, Bhattacharjya D (2015) Value of information in the earth sciences. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Scheidt, C., Li, L., Caers, J (2018) Quantifying uncertainty in subsurface systems, American Geophysical Union, Wiley, 288p.

Read about SCERF research in EOS