Clerc, Nicolas

My PhD project, in co-direction between the Department of Earth Sciences of Geneva University and the Department of hydrogeology and geothermics of Neuchâtel University, Switzerland, consists in the deep subsurface geological and structural characterization of the Greater Geneva Basin as part of the “GEothermie 2020” program of the Geneva state (www.geothermie2020.ch), which aims at developing deep geothermal energy. Seismic and well data, outcrops analysis, compiled with previous work over the area are integrated in 3D geological models of various (local and regional) scales. More particularly, my work emphasis on the understanding of regional tectonics and stress field evolution through time, trying to best characterize the development of fractured zones and their evolution within key geothermal reservoir units. Along with an associated PhD research project on rock-typing held at University of Geneva (Elme Rusillon), these studies aim at identify and characterize potential reservoir formations for future development of deep geothermal energy.
In parallel, I also contribute to the establishment of the Geneva-Savoy pilot model for the GeoMol project, in collaboration with the French Geological Survey (BRGM). This project consists in the establishment of a large-scale 3D geological model of the Mesozoic and Tertiary series over the entire north-alpine molasses foreland basin (www.geomol.eu).

Positions held

  • 2013 – Present: Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Geneva & Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), Laboratory of Geothermics, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

  • 2011 – 2013: Research Scientist, Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), Laboratory of Geothermics, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

  • 2006 -2011: Reservoir Geologist, Schlumberger Regional Technology Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


  • 2006 – M.Sc. in Geology (Sedimentary Basins Orientation), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

  • 2003 – B.Sc. in Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland, including one academic year in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, Canada.

Selected Publications

  • Nicolas Clerc, Elme Rusillon, Andrea Moscariello, Philippe Renard, Sabrina Paolacci and Michel Meyer, 2015. Detailed Structural and Reservoir Rock Typing Characterisation of the Greater Geneva Basin, Switzerland for Geothermal Resource Assessment. Proceedings World Geothermal Congress 2015, Melbourne, Australia, 19-25 April 2015.

  • Matar Ndiaye, Nicolas Clerc, Georges Gorin, Stéphanie Girardclos, Julien Fiore, 2014. Lake Neuchâtel (Switzerland) seismic stratigraphic record points to the simultaneous Würmian deglaciation of the Rhône Glacier and Jura Ice Cap. Quaternary Science Reviews 85 (2014), p. 1-19.

  • Guglielmetti L., Negro F., Mauri G., Vuataz1 F.-D., Abdelfettah Y., Clerc N., Giroud N., Marguet L. & Schill E., 2013. GeoNE: an integrated project for the exploration of low enthalpy deep aquifers in the canton of Neuchatel, western Switzerland. European Geothermal Congress 2013, Pisa, Italy; 06/2013

  • Laurent Souche, Donatella Astratti, Victor Aarre, Nicolas Clerc, Andrew Clark, Taha Nasser Ali Al Dayyni; Sabry Lotfy Mahmoud, 2012. A dual representation of multiscale fracture network modeling: application to a giant UAE carbonate field. First Break volume 30, May 2012, p. 43-52.

  • Malalla al Ali; Volker Vahrenkamp; Saber Elsembawy; Zahid Bhatti; Stacy Lynn Reeder; Nicolas Clerc; Michael Wilt, 2009. Constraining Interwell Water Flood Imaging with Geology and Petrophysics: An Example from the Middle East. SPE 120558.

  • Bhatti, Z.; Al Mansoori, Y.; El Sembawy, S.; Vahrenkamp, V.; Clerc, N.; Wilt, M.; and Reeder, S., 2008. Tracking Interwell Water Saturation in Pattern Flood Pilots in a Giant Gulf Oil field. SPE 118434.



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