Prof. Florian Wellmann, PhDCopyright: © CGRE
The research group Computational Geosciences and Reservoir Engineering was established by Florian Wellmann in 2018. Florian studied geology at the University of Tübingen with a focus on geophysics and applied geosciences, and performed theoretical and experimental work for his Diplom-thesis (M.S. equiv.) at the ETH Zürich. After his studies, he worked for two years for the German Antarctic Survey (AWI) as geophysicist and overwintering team member on the German Antarctic research station Neumayer II. Subsequently, his combined interest in geophysical and geologic methods brought him to the Institute of Geothermal Resource Assessment, and subsequently to the University of Western Australia to pursue postgraduate studies in the group of K. Regenauer-Lieb, where he investigated the influence of structural uncertainties on the dynamic stability in geothermal flow fields.
After postgraduate studies, Florian was an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO (Kensington, Australia) and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET, UWA, Australia).
In 2014, Florian joined RWTH Aachen University as Junior Professor in "Numerical Reservoir Engineering" as a young research group leader within the graduate school Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Sciences. In 2018, Florian was appointed as Full Professor in "Computational Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering".
The work in his group is focused on understanding the influence of uncertainties in subsurface property distributions, and the influence of these uncertainties on subsequent process simulations. This work has been applied to explore uncertainties in geothermal systems and carbon sequestration simulations, and his approaches to quantify and visualize uncertainties in 3D settings have been taken up in diverse areas, from modeling projects in geologic surveys to medical imaging.
He is an active member of multiple scientific and steering committees. Since September 2015, he is leading the coordination of the IDEA League joint program “Master of Applied Geophysics” at the RWTH Aachen. Since October 2018, Florian is deputy director of the ABC/J Geoverbund.