Víctor Vilarrasa Riaño
Research group: Groundwater and Hydrogeochemistry
I am staff scientist at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of the Spanish National Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC). I obtained my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, USA and was awarded with an ‘EPFL Fellows’ Fellowship co-funded by Marie Curie at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. My research deals with dimensional analysis and numerical modeling of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes related to geo-energy and geo-engineering applications. I apply my research to CO2 geological storage, geological nuclear waste disposal and enhanced geothermal systems, with special focus on the geomechanical aspects that may lead to induce seismicity. Actually, I have been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant to investigate induced seismicity prediction. I have given some 30 invited talks at conferences and seminars at international institutions. I serve as a reviewer for many geoscience journals, conferences and funding agencies. I am actively involved in the organization of conferences and sessions on coupled processes and induced seismicity. I have more than 40 papers in JCR journals, 5 book chapters and more than 100 conference participations. I have received the Special Doctoral Award of the UPC, the Alfons Bayó Award to Young Researchers awarded by the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) – Spanish Group, the MIT Technology Review Award to Innovators Under 35 and the Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award of the Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE) Division of the European Geoscience Union (EGU).