Dr. Jean-Philippe Nicot

Research Interests

Numerical modeling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones

Geochemical modeling and reactive transport

Water resources management

Risk assessment and risk analysis

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B.S. Geological Engineering, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie Appliquée, Nancy, France, 1981

M.A. Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 1995

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Professional History

Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas, from 2002

Senior Geosystems Engineer, Duke Engineering and Services, Austin, Texas, 1999–2002

Mining Geologist, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moroccan Office of Exploration and Mining, Morocco, 1984–1991 

Production Engineer, Baufia A.G., Algeria, 1983–1984

Staff Engineer, Screg Routes & P.P., Paris and Nancy, France, 1982

Selected Publications

Nicot, J.-P., B. R. Scanlon, R. C Reedy, and R. A. Costley, 2014, Source and Fate of Hydraulic Fracturing Water in the Barnett Shale: A Historical Perspective, Environmental Science and Technology, v. 48, p. 2464-2471

Nicot, J.-P., and Scanlon, B. R., 2012, Water use for shale-gas production in Texas, U.S.: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 46, p. 3580‒3586.

Nicot, J.-P., 2012, Current and future water demand of the Texas oil and gas and mining sectors and potential impact on aquifers: GCAGS Journal, v. 1, p. 145‒161.

Nicot, J.-P., and Duncan, I. J., 2012, Common attributes of hydraulically fractured oil and gas production and CO2 geological sequestration: Greenhouse Gases Science and Technology, v. 2, p. 352‒368.

Nicot, J.-P., 2009, A survey of oil and gas wells in the Texas Gulf Coast, USA, and implications for geological sequestration of CO2: Environmental Geology, v. 57, p. 1625–1638.

Nicot, J.-P., 2008, Evaluation of large-scale CO2 storage on fresh-water sections of aquifers: an example from the Texas Gulf Coast Basin: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 2, no. 4, p. 582–593

Nicot, J.-P., and Duncan, I. J., 2008, Science-based permitting of geological sequestration of CO2 in brine reservoirs in the U.S.: Environmental Science & Policy, v. 11, p. 14–24.

Nicot, J.-P., Reedy, R. C., Costley, R., and Huang, Y., 2012, Oil & gas water use in Texas: update to the 2011 Mining Water Use Report: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, final report prepared for Texas Oil & Gas Association, 97 p. [ link ]

Nicot, J.-P., Hebel, A. K., Ritter, S. M., Walden, S., Baier, R., Galusky, P., Beach, J. A., Kyle, R., Symank, L., and Breton, C., 2011, Current and projected water use in the Texas mining and oil and gas industry: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Contract Report No. 090480939 prepared for Texas Water Development Board, 357 p. [ link ] 

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