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The University of Aberdeen Dr Clare E. Bond School of Geosciences Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology Meston Building Aberdeen Univeristy Aberdeen AB24 3UE UK
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Fold-Thrust Research Group

Improving Interpretation - Uncertainty

Deeflood Project



Clare is a structural geologist with interests in interpretational uncertainty and structural modelling. She gained a first class degree from the University of Leeds followed by a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She then worked across a range of sectors and interests from conservation and policy, to technical consulting and academia, completing a combined post-doc and consulting role at the University of Glasgow and Midland Valley Exploration (MVE). Clare then worked for Midland Valley initially leading on their North American and Scandinavian portfolios, before managing MVE's client facing knowledge team and geological input into the development of the structural modelling software Move.

Since 2010, Clare has been at the University of Aberdeen. Clare's current projects include seismic interpretation, fracture modelling and the use of LiDAR and photogrammetry to create and interpret virtual outcrop models. Clare is an advocate for public engagement with science, and has acted as the public engagement with research coordinator for the College of Physical Sciences a role funded by RCUK; and has taken part in debates and panels on shale gas, and climate change. She is interested in the use of social media to engage the public and experts in science and scientific enquiry - most recently crowd sourcing flood data through the Deeflood Project. 

Clare is the current chair of the Tectonic Studies Group, of the Geological Society of London, she co-direct's the Fold-Thrust Research Group, and works as part of ClimateXChange


Research Interests

Current research interests are broad spanning uncertainty analysis through to structural modelling.

  • Uncertainty analysis of the interpretation of seismic image data.
  • Structural modelling to inform interpretations and make predictions of strain and fractures.
  • Fold-thrust geometries and formation damage.
  • The role of fluids in the crust and deformation, fluid, rock interactions.
  • Model building from seismic image data and outcrop informtaion to build models, including the creation of virtual outcrops from LiDAR and photogrammetry.
  • Perceptions and differences in expert opinion related to climate change and unconventional resources.
  • The use of social media in scientific engagement and inquiry.


Current Research

Fold-Thrust Research GroupAn industry funded consortium investigating uncertainties in interpretations for fold-thrust belts, fold thrust belt evolution, characteristics and fore-limb deformation. PDRA Hannah Watkins works full-time for the Fold-Thrust Research Group. Several PhD students are also working on fold-thrust systems: Adam Cawood investigating deformation localisation in multi-layers, and Yuki Totake investigating thrust localisation, both their projects involve interpretation of virtual outcrops utilising LiDAR and drone technology.    

Improving Interpretational Outcomes - A project funded by a NERC catalyst grant with industry (BP and ConocoPhillips) to investigate uncertainties in outcomes from the interpretation of seismic image data. PDRA Juan Alcalde works full-time on this project. PhD students also working on interpretational uncertainty include Charlie Randle co-funded by the British Geological Survey.   

Sub-surface Fluid Pathways - I have been working on aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage for several years, particularly focuing on the structural controls of fluid migration in the sub-surface. This started with work on fracture controlled fluid flow at the InSalah CCS project and has lead to a series of research projects including a new project investigating natural CO2 flux along a fault in South Africa. PhD student Roy Ponfa Bitrus is working on 4D seimsic data from Sleipner to map the CO2 pathways using seismic attribute analysis, whilst PhD student Ali Jihad, using similar methodologies, is investigating the genesis of natural gas chimmneys in the Loyal Field, OffShore West Shetland.

DeeFlood Project - a pilot project to crowd source a 3D hydrograph for the Storm Frank flood event on the Dee.


Further Info

Media and Engagement

2017 Blog for SCCS New research: Fracture controls on CO₂ leakage to the surface – a South African analogue

2017 IRIS-webinar On teaching seismic interpretation under uncertainty - with Eric Riggs (Texas A&M University) https://youtu.be/XtPgGmt6_3o

2016 Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub To Frack or Not to Frack - is that the question?

2016 Deeflood project Engaging the public through social media in the collection of flood data.

2015 Edinburgh Science Festival - Panel member on shale gas debate

2015 UKCCSRC Blog UKCCSRC goes to South Africa

2012 -2014 College of Physical Sciences public engagement with research coordinator. Supporting the engagement of researchers in the college with the public, supported applications to the Royal Society summer exhibition and the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant scheme and, delivered training, and RCUK funded post.

2014 What the Frack? Café Scientifique in Aberdeen and Glasgow, and at Tech Fest, Aberdeen.

2013 Aberdeen Seismology Outreach and In‐Reach. Co-I (PI – Cornwell, D. Co-I Stephenson, R.), with links to the BGS school seismology project.

2010 STEM in the pipeline, judge.

2009 BBC World edition of ‘The Story of Science’ expert geologist, front of camera, on the geological heritage and importance of Hutton’s Unconformity.

2007-2008 Mapping Mountains lead on exhibition of 1880s geological maps including: securing funding - Royal Society Education Partnership Grant and petroleum company sponsorship, negotiation of tour, design and delivery of the exhibition and supporting material (website, interpretation panels, display layout, marketing material and associated outreach activities). www.mappingmountains.co.uk.

1999 Edinburgh International Science Festival – Earth Science Workshops.


Bond C.E.(2008). “Mapping Mountains” celebrating science through cultural heritage: reflections on curating an exhibition of 1880s geological maps. Elements, 4, 2, 140-142.

Bond C.E. (2007). Back to the roots of “Mountain Making”. Geoscientist, 17, issue 10,15.

Bond C.E. (2004). Hard Cash. Counting the cost of rural decline and contributing to rural diversification. Summit, issue 33, Spring 2004, pg 30.

Bond C.E. (2003). Go West. Summit, issue 29, Spring 2003, pg 50.

Bond C.E. (2002). Jurassic Park. Summit, issue 27, Autumn 2002, pg 30-31.  

Bond C.E. (2000). Urban Rock. Earth Heritage, issue 14, Summer 2000, pg 27.



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Contributions to Journals


  • Cawood, A. & Bond, CE. (2018). '3D mechanical stratigraphy of a deformed multi-layer: linking sedimentary architecture and strain partitioning'. Journal of Structural Geology, vol 106, pp. 54-69.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2017.11.011
    [Online] AURA: 3D_mechanical_stratigraphy_of_a_deformed_multi_layer_Linking...
  • Maestrelli, D., Iacopini, D., Jihad, A., Bond, CE. & Bonini, M. (2017). 'Seismic and structural characterization of fluid escape pipes using 3D and partial stack seismic from the Loyal field (UK): A multiphase and repeated intrusive mechanism'. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol 88, pp. 489-510.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.08.016
  • Alcalde, J., Bond, CE. & Randle, CH. (2017). 'Framing bias: the effect of figure presentation on seismic interpretation'. Interpretation, vol 5, no. 4, pp. T591-T605.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1190/int-2017-0083.1
    [Online] AURA: int_2017_0083.1.pdf
  • Johnson, G., Hicks, N., Bond, CE., Gilfillan, S., Jones, D., Kremer, Y., Lister, R., Nkwane, M., Maupa, T., Munyangane, P., Robey, K., Pearce, J., Shipton, ZK. & Haszeldine, SR. (2017). 'Detection and understanding of natural CO2 releases in KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa'. Energy Procedia, vol 114, pp. 3757-3763.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1505
    [Online] AURA: Detection_and_Understanding_of_Natural_CO2_Releases_in_KwaZu...
  • Totake, Y., Butler, RWH., Bond, CE. & Aziz, A. 'Analyzing structural variations along strike in a deep-water thrust belt'. Journal of Structural Geology.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2017.06.007
  • Watkins, H., Healy, D., Bond, CE. & Butler, RWH. 'Implications of heterogeneous fracture distribution on reservoir quality; an analogue from the Torridon Group sandstone, Moine Thrust Belt, NW Scotland'. Journal of Structural Geology, pp. 1-18.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2017.06.002
    [Online] AURA: Implications_of_heterogeneous_fracture_distribution_on_reser...
  • Bond, CE., Kremer, Y., Johnson, G., Hicks, N., Lister, R., Jones, DG., Haszeldine, RS., Saunders, I., Gilfillan, SMV., Shipton, ZK. & Pearce, J. (2017). 'The physical characteristics of a CO2 seeping fault: The implications of fracture permeability for carbon capture and storage integrity'. International journal of greenhouse gas control, vol 61, pp. 49-60.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.01.015
  • Cawood, AJ., Bond, CE., Howell, JA., Butler, RWH. & Totake, Y. (2017). 'LiDAR, UAV or compass-clinometer? Accuracy, coverage and the effects on structural models'. Journal of Structural Geology, vol 98, pp. 67-82.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2017.04.004
    [Online] AURA: LiDAR_UAV_or_compass_clinometer_Accuracy_coverage_and_the_ef...
  • Alcalde, J., Bond, CE., Johnson, G., Butler, RWH., Cooper, MA. & Ellis, JF. (2017). 'The importance of structural model availability on seismic interpretation'. Journal of Structural Geology, vol 97, pp. 161-171.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2017.03.003
    [Online] AURA: The_importance_of_structural_model_availability_on_seismic.p...
  • Watkins, H., Butler, RWH. & Bond, CE. (2017). 'Using laterally compatible cross sections to infer fault growth and linkage models in foreland thrust belts'. Journal of Structural Geology, vol 96, pp. 102-117.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2017.01.010
    [Online] AURA: Using_laterally_compatible_cross_sections_to_infer_fault_gro...
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