Dr Hector Marin Moreno

Marine Geoscience
+44 (0)23 8059 6576

My research interests are on the areas of computational geoscience, rock physics modelling, and offshore geotechnics. I use modelling techniques to understand changes in the electric, acoustic, thermal, mechanical and fluid flow properties of marine sediments to anthropogenic and natural perturbations. Most of my work until date has been focused on (i) developing an inversion model for determining sediment overpressure and its controlling physical parameters by combining seismic velocity information with a physical model of sediment compaction; (ii) numerical modelling of warming-induced gas hydrate dissociation in Polar areas during the 21st century; and (iii) developing a comprehensive rock-physics model to calculate frequency dependent and causal P and S wave velocity and attenuation of an effective porous medium composed of solid mineral grains, gas hydrate, gas, and water. The ultimate aim of the latter, is to improve our theoretical insights on seismic velocity and attenuation of gas hydrate bearing sediments with different hydrate morphologies and hydrate and/or gas saturations. On-going work includes developing a soil mechanics constitutive model for gas hydrate bearing sediments to reproduce their elasto-plastic response under different thermal and structural loading scenarios acting simultaneously, and reactive transport modelling of chimney structures in the North Sea above potential CO2 storage reservoirs.

Committee and Board Memberships: 

Working Group “Resource Assessment” co-leader in the 2015-2019 EU COST action MIGRATE (Marine gas hydrate – an indigenous resource of natural gas for Europe).



Marin Moreno, H.; Sahoo, S.K.; Best, A.I.. 2017 Theoretical modeling insights into elastic wave attenuation mechanisms in marine sediments with pore-filling methane hydrate. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122 (3). 1835-1847.10.1002/2016JB013577
Falcon Suarez, Ismael; Marin Moreno, Hector; Browning, Fraser; Lichtschlag, Anna; Robert, Katleen; North, Laurence J.; Best, Angus I.. 2017 Experimental assessment of pore fluid distribution and geomechanical changes in saline sandstone reservoirs during and after CO2 injection. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 63. 356-369.10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.06.019
Marin-Moreno, Héctor; Giustiniani, Michela; Tinivella, Umberta; Piñero, Elena. 2016 The challenges of quantifying the carbon stored in Arctic marine gas hydrate. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 71. 76-82.10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.11.014
Goswami, Bedanta K.; Weitemeyer, Karen A.; Minshull, Timothy A.; Sinha, Martin C.; Westbrook, Graham K.; Marin-Moreno, Héctor. 2016 Resistivity image beneath an area of active methane seeps in the west Svalbard continental slope. Geophysical Journal International, 207 (2). 1286-1302.10.1093/gji/ggw330
Minshull, T.A.; Marin-Moreno, H.; Armstrong McKay, D.I.; Wilson, P.A.. 2016 Mechanistic insights into a hydrate contribution to the Paleocene-Eocene carbon cycle perturbation from coupled thermohydraulic simulations. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (16). 8637-8644.10.1002/2016GL069676
Marin-Moreno, Héctor; Minshull, Timothy A.; Westbrook, Graham K.; Sinha, Bablu. 2015 Estimates of future warming-induced methane emissions from hydrate offshore west Svalbard for a range of climate models. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16 (5). 1307-1323.10.1002/2015GC005737
Marin Moreno, Héctor; Minshull, Timothy A.; Edwards, Rosemary A.. 2013 A disequilibrium compaction model constrained by seismic data and application to overpressure generation in The Eastern Black Sea Basin. Basin Research, 25 (3). 331-347.10.1111/bre.12001
Marin Moreno, Héctor; Minshull, Timothy A.; Westbrook, Graham K.; Sinha, Bablu; Sarkar, Sudipta. 2013 The response of methane hydrate beneath the seabed offshore Svalbard to ocean warming during the next three centuries. Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (19). 5159-5163.10.1002/grl.50985

Book section

De La Fuente, M.; Vaunat, J.; Marin-Moreno, H.. 2016 Composite model to reproduce the mechanical behaviour of methane hydrate bearing sediments. In: Wuttke, F.; Bauer, S.; Sanchez, M., (eds.)Energy Geotechnics: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016, Kiel, Germany, 29-31 August 2016. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, 483-489, 724pp.