Dr Ismael Falcon Suarez

Marine Geoscience
+44 (0)23 8059 6536

Ismael Falcon-Suarez is geologist, PhD in Civil Engineering, MSc in Water Engineering. Ismael is a research fellow in the Marine Geophysics Team at NOC since October 2013. He has been investigating the Thermo-Hydro-Mechano-Chemical (THMC) coupled phenomena that might occur in deep geological formations due to CO2-seawater-rock interactions during CO2 storage (CCS) since 2010. He has been engaged in a number of projects for the oil/gas industry, gaining experience in assembling, running and interpreting a wide range geomechanical tests.

Ismael has designed and assembled the experimental rig for CO2 storage experiments at the NOC, Southampton: a novel rig capable to simultaneously determining ultrasonic P- and S-wave velocities and attenuations, electrical resistivity (including tomography), axial and radial strains and permeability (including relative permeability for variable brine:  CO 2flow rates) of rock samples, replicating differential stress conditions of real reservoirs. 


Expertise areas: Rock physics, rock mechanics, hydrology 

Advanced skills in experimental work on CCS topics: design and construction of experimental rigs to analyse rock-water-gas interaction at reservoir conditions (routine and special core analysis); transport properties in rocks (permeability to gas and water measurements, in high and low permeability media; breakthrough pressure determinations); acoustic (ultrasonic) velocities interpretation; electrical resistivity; stress-strain behaviours; etc.

Geophysical data loading, processing and generation of high resolution images of the subsoil with specific software (WellCAD): Processing of borehole images and geophysical logging parameters.

Designing-assembling setups for hydrodynamic studies of soils (electrical tomography, X-ray tomography, TDR); mineral barriers design: capillary barriers waste; numerical modelling: CORE2D, COMPASS, ArcGIS, Epanet, HecRas, GeoRas, Matlab, Qual2E, Surfer, SMS.      

Commercial applications: Software and patents

  • FoMPeCa: Four Methods Permeability Calculator. Designer: Falcon-Suarez, I. Copyright © 2014, Natural Environment Research Council.
  • Falcón, I., Juncosa, R., Delgado, J., Vázquez, A., Barrientos, V. Accepted on 29th May of 2011. Device for simulating thermo-hydro-mechanic behaviors of barriers of fines, focus on waterproofing and closing landfills. Patent ES 2345472 B1, University of La Coruña, Spain.


Projects and research contracts

Involved in more than 10 international projects (e.g., GASRIP, CHIMNEY, STEMM-CCS, DiSECCS) as PI, Co-I or researcher Co-I, and over 15 research contracts with privite industry (e.g., REPSOL-YPF, ENDESA,CIUDEN Foundation, Lignite of Meirama). 

International events

Over 20 participations (more than 15 talks) in international events since 2010

Research cruises 

Participation in 3 research cruises: Seismicity of San Andreas fault, MARMINE and CHIMNEY 




Falcon Suarez, Ismael; Papageorgiou, Georgios; Chadwick, Andy; North, Laurence J.; Best, Angus I.; Chapman, Mark. 2018 CO2-brine flow-through on an Utsira Sand core sample: experimental and modelling. implications for the Sleipner storage field. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 68. 236-246.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.11.019
Callow, Ben; Falcon Suarez, Ismael; Ahmed, Sharif; Matter, Juerg. 2018 Assessing the carbon sequestration potential of basalt using X-ray micro-CT and rock mechanics. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 70. 146-156.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.12.008
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; Canal-Vila, Jacobo; Delgado-Martin, Jordi; North, Laurence; Best, Angus. 2017 Characterisation and multifaceted anisotropy assessment of Corvio sandstone for geological CO2 storage studies. Geophysical Prospecting, 65 (5). 1293-1311.10.1111/1365-2478.12469
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
Falcon Suarez, Ismael; Bayrakci, Gaye; Minshull, Tim A.; North, Laurence J.; Best, Angus I.; Rouméjon, Stéphane; IODP Expedition 357 Science Party, .. 2017 Elastic and electrical properties and permeability of serpentinites from Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Geophysical Journal International, 211 (2). 686-699.10.1093/gji/ggx341
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; Juncosa-Rivera, Ricardo; Vardon, Phil; Rammlmair, Dieter; Günter, Thomas; Noell, Ulla; Delgado-Martín, Jordi. 2016 Hydrodynamic behaviour of compacted granite sawdust from the dimension stone industry of Pontevedra (Spain): experimental and modelling. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75 (5), 421. 10.1007/s12665-015-5112-1
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; North, Laurence; Amalokwu, Kelvin; Best, Angus. 2016 Integrated geophysical and hydromechanical assessment for CO2 storage: shallow low permeable reservoir sandstones. Geophysical Prospecting, 64 (4). 828-847.10.1111/1365-2478.12396
Falcon-Suarez, I.; Sanchez-Tembleque, F.; Rivera-Sar, J.M.; Juncosa-Rivera, R.; Delgado-Martin, J.. 2015 Feasibility of laser scanning to determine volumetric properties of grained fine soils. Soils and Rocks, 39 (1). 59-66.
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; North, Laurence; Best, Angus. 2014 Experimental rig to improve the geophysical and geomechanical understanding of CO2 reservoirs. Energy Procedia, 59. 75-81.10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.351
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; Rammlmair, Dieter; Juncosa-Rivera, Ricardo; Delgado-Martin, Jordi. 2014 Application of Rhizon SMS for the assessment of the hydrodynamic properties of unconsolidated fine grained materials. Engineering Geology, 172. 69-76.10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.02.001
Delgado-Martin, J.; Juncosa-Rivera, R.; Falcon Suarez, I.; Canal-Vila, J.. 2013 Four years of continuous monitoring of the Meirama end-pit lake and its impact in the definition of future uses. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20 (11). 7520-7533.10.1007/s11356-013-1618-9
Canal, J.; Delgado, J.; Falcon, I.; Yang, Q.; Juncosa, R.; Barrientos, V.. 2013 Injection of CO2-saturated water through a siliceous sandstone plug from the Hontomin Test Site (Spain): experiment and modeling. Environmental Science & Technology, 47 (1). 159-167.10.1021/es3012222
Delgado, J.; Juncosa, R.; Hernández, H.; Falcon, I.; Vázquez, A.. 2011 Comparative hydrochemistry of five nested catchments located in the upper part of the Barcés river watershed (A Coruña, NW Spain). Applied Geochemistry, 26 (Supplement). S179-S182.10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.097
Barrientos, V.; Delgado, J.; Navarro, V.; Juncosa, R.; Falcon, I.; Vazquez, A.. 2010 Characterization and geochemical-geotechnical properties of granite sawdust produced by the dimension stone industry of O Porrino (Pontevedra, Spain). Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43 (2). 141-155.10.1144/1470-9236/08-098
Delgado, J.; Juncosa, R.; Vazquez, A.; Falcon, I.; Canal, J.; Hernández, H.; Padilla, F.; Rodríguez-Vellando, P.; Delgado, J. L.. 2008 Hydrochemical characteristics of the natural waters associated with the flooding of the Meirama open pit (A Coruña, NW Spain). Mineralogical Magazine, 72 (1). 399-403.10.1180/minmag.2008.072.1.399