Earth Resources Laboratory


Laurent Demanet | 617 253 2614


ERL is MIT’s home for research and education on sub-surface energy resources and environmental issues. Through integration across traditional academic disciplines and across department and school boundaries, ERL aims to address complex questions of modern hydrocarbon industry and produce tomorrow’s industry leaders. As one of several independent research labs focusing on a broad range of energy topics across the MIT campus, ERL works closely together with the MIT Energy Initiative.

ERL’s faculty, research staff, and students work with a variety of methodologies (including geophysical imaging, rock physics and chemistry, multiphase flow, geomechanics, microseismics, and remote sensing) to obtain a holistic understanding of sub-surface reservoirs—their structure, the geological materials of which they are made, the fluids that flow through them, and changes that occur in response to production.