Dr. Oware’s research interest is in the application of geophysical techniques, such as electrical resistivity (ER), thermal, and ground penetrating radar (GPR) to non-invasively characterize aquifer heterogeneities; and subsurface parameters and processes within a geostatistical inverse modeling framework. His major research objectives are in the development of innovative inverse modeling strategies for enhanced imaging of fractured rock aquifer/reservoir properties and improved hydrogeophysical monitoring of subsurface flow and transport processes, through numerical, lab, and field-scale experiments.
Numerical modeling of fluid flow and transport in fractured rocks is central to numerous applications including: aquifer management, environmental remediation; efficient extraction and management of hydrocarbon and geothermal energy resources. The predictive accuracy of transport in the numerical modeling effort is, however, dependent on the accuracy of the input geometric and hydraulic properties of the fractures, making the characterization of fracture properties crucial to the management of water and energy resources hosted in fractures.
“All reservoirs should be considered fractured until proven otherwise” Narr et al., .