Christopher Beaumont has developed a numerical model called DOUAR, which addresses three-dimensional flow problems from the area of the earth’s crust to its mantle. This model, available online, enables researchers to better understand the distribution of natural resources such as oil and gas deposits.
The Dalhousie Geodynamics Group uses 2D and 3D numerical models to study a variety of geologic processes. Three-dimensional calculations at the necessary resolution require significant parallel computing and memory capacity for their solution. The Guillimin cluster, administered by Compute Canada, is one of the few resources available that meets these requirements. Last year, we became one of the first research groups to apply fully 3-D numerical modelling to the study of (1) salt tectonics and (2) strain partitioning in orogens under oblique convergence. Our proposed research represents a substantial advancement in the field of geodynamics and has the potential to impact Canadians by improving our understanding of the distribution of natural resources. Salt deposits, such as those in offshore Nova Scotia, facilitate the formation of complex sedimentary structures and influence the generation, movement and entrapment of hydrocarbons. Deformation during mountain-building is also frequently linked to hydrocarbon systems and mineral deposits, such as at the Grenville Province in Ontario. As we do not have sufficient computational resources of our own, efficient pursuit of this research would not be possible without access to Compute Canada infrastructure.