Dr Maxine Akhurst

Dr Maxine Akhurst

Principal Geologist and Project Leader

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 285

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  • 2008 – ongoing : Lead and contribute to multi-disciplinary CCS and CO2 storage research projects
  • 2000 –2004 : Deputy programme manager, Integrated Geoscience Surveys North
  • 1998 –2014 : Project leader, research, survey and 3D modelling, Midland Valley of Scotland
  • 1994 –1997 : Project leader, multi-contractor commissioned research
  • 1991 –1999 : Survey geologist, Southern Uplands geological survey
  • 1989 –1991 : Sedimentologist, Marine Geology, BGS Edinburgh
  • 1988 : PhD University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Geology
  • 1984 : MSc University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Geology
  • 1980 : BSc University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Geology

Boards and committees

  • Directorate member of Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2013 –2015 : 'GlaciStore' bid for IODP scientific drilling of overburden to North Sea CO2 storage strata, UK-Norway consortium
  • 2013 – ongoing : CO2MultiStore Project, reducing the risks to the operation of a multi-user CO2 store
  • 2011 –2015 : QICS offshore CO2 release project, site investigation, drilling, seismic monitoring and knowledge exchange.
  • 2011 –2013 : SiteChar, 'Risk assessment-led characterisation and dry-run permit application for CO2 storage in the Captain Sandstone.
  • 2009 –2011 : Project Leader, ‘Progressing Scotland’s CO2 storage opportunities’
  • 2008 –2009 : Project leader, ‘Opportunities for CO2 storage around Scotland’

Key papers

  • 2015 : M AKHURST, S Hannis, M Quinn, J-Q Shi, M Koenen, F Delprat-Jannaud, J-C Lecomte, D Bossie-Codreanu, S Nagy, L Klimkowski, D Gei, M Pluymaekers and D Long. Risk assessment-led characterisation of the SiteChar UK North Sea site for the geological storage of CO2. Oil & Gas Science and Technology-Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, accepted for publication.
  • 2015 : F Delprat-Jannaud, J Pearce , M AKHURST , C Nielsen , F Neele, A Lothe , V Volpi , S Brunsting and O Vincké. 2015. SiteChar - Methodology for a fit-for-purpose assessment of CO2 storage sites in Europe. Oil & Gas Science and Technology-Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, accepted for publication.
  • 2015 : Nepveu M., Neele F., Delprat-Jannaud F., AKHURST M., Vincké O., Volpi V., Lothe A.,Brunsting S., Pearce J., Battani A., Baroni A., Garcia B., Hofstee C. and Wollenweber J. 2015. CO2 storage feasibility: a workflow for site characterisation. Oil & Gas Science and Technology-Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, accepted for publication.
  • 2015 : J-F Gruson, S Serbutoviez, F Delprat-Jannaud, M AKHURST, C Nielsen, F Dalhoff , P Bergmo, C Bos, V Volpi and S Iacobellis. 2015. Techno-economic assessment of four CO2 storage sites. Oil & Gas Science and Technology-Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, accepted for publication.
  • 2015 : Peter Taylor, Henrik Stahl, Mark E. Vardy, Jonathan M. Bull, MAXINE AKHURST, Chris Hauton, Rachel H. James, Anna Lichtschlag, Dave Long, Dmitry Aleynik, Matthew Toberman, Mark Naylor, Douglas Connelly, Dave Smith, Martin D.J. Sayer, Steve Widdicombe, Ian C. Wright, Jerry Blackford. A novel sub-seabed CO2 release experiment informing monitoring and impact assessment for geological carbon storage. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 2015. Doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.09.007
  • 2014 : Jerry Blackford, Henrik Stahl, Jonathon Bull, Benoit Bergès, Melis Cevatoglu, Anna Lichtschlag, Douglas Connelly, Rachael James, Jun Kita, Dave Long, Mark Naylor, Kiminori Shitashima, Dave Smith, Peter Taylor, Ian Wright, MAXINE AKHURST, Baixin Chen, Thomas Gernon, Chris Hauton, Masatoshi Hayashi, Hideshi Kaieda, Timothy Leighton, Toru Sato, Martin Sayer, Masahiro Suzumura, Karen Tait, Mark Vardy, Paul White, Steve Widdicombe. Detection and impacts of leakage from sub-seafloor deep geological carbon dioxide storage. 2014. Nature Climate Change 4, 1011-1016
  • 2014 : Jon W. Merritt, MAXINE C. AKHURST Ian P. Wilkinson, James B. Riding, Emrys R. Phillips, Richard A. Smith, Andrew Finlayson, Mark T. Dean. 2014. The Late Pleistocene Afton Lodge Clay Formation, Ayrshire, Scotland: evidence for Early to Middle Devensian climatic changes and Late Devensian onshore ice flow and rafting from the Firth of Clyde. Proceedings of the Geologists Association, 125, 195-214.
  • 2012 : Jin, M, Mackay, E, Quinn, M F, Hitchen, K and AKHURST, M C. 2012. Evaluation of the CO2 storage capacity of the Captain Sandstone Formation, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 154539.
  • 2009 : Busby, J P, AKHURST, M C and Walker, A S D. 2009. A high-resolution aeromagnetic dataset over central Ayrshire: insights into the concealed geology. Scottish Journal of Geology, , v.45 (part 1), p 1-12.
  • 2008 : Stoker, M S, Golledge, N R, Phillips, E R, Wilkinson, I P, and AKHURST, M C. 2008. Lateglacial-Holocene shoreface progradation offshore Eastern Scotland: a response to climatic and coastal hydrographic change. Boreas, Vol. 83, 292-314.
  • 2002 : AKHURST, M.C, Stow, D.A.V. and Stoker, M.S. 2002. Late Quaternary glacigenic contourite, debris flow and turbidite process interaction. In Stow, D.A.V, Pudsey, C.J., Howe, J.A, and Faugeres, J-C. (editors.) Deep water contourite systems: modern drifts and ancient series, seismic and sedimentary characteristics. Geological Society of London, Memoirs 22, 73-84.
  • 2000 : AKHURST, M.C., McMillian, A.A., Stone, P., Kimbell, G.S. and Merriman, R.J. 2000 (for 2001). Silurian subduction-related assembly of fault-defined tracts at the Laurieston Fault, Southern Uplands accretionary terrane, Scotland, UK. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences.
  • 1998 : AKHURST, M.C., Barnes, R.P., Chadwick, R.A., Millward, D., Norton, M.G., Maddock, R.H., Kimbell and Milodowski, A.E. 1998. Structural evolution of the Lake District Boundary Fault Zone in west Cumbria, UK. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 52, 139-158. Akhurst, M.C. and 24 others. 1997. The geology of the west Cumbria district. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheets 28, 37 and 47 (England and Wales).

Professional association

  • Member of Edinburgh Geological Society

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Application of numerical methods to palaeontological collections
  • Architecture of geological survey data
  • Applied geology of the Midland Valley of Scotland
  • Southern Uplands sedimentological and structural evolution
  • Contourite and turbidite sedimentology
  • Carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis


  • CO2 storage site screening, selection, appraisal, risk assessment and leader of storage site characterisation (multi-disciplinary modelling) to meet regulatory requirements.
  • Geoscience data modelling
  • Geoscience field survey and 3D computer modelling of bedrock and superficial deposits
  • Leadership of multi-disciplinary geoscience research projects
  • Sedimentology of turbidites and contourites
  • Carbonate petrology