EU-Project FracRisk: Furthering the Knowledge Base For Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas Development (FracRisk)

Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems

Funded by the European Commission from 1st June 2015 until 31st May 2018 in the framework of the programm "Horizont 2020".


The objectives of FracRisk are to develop a knowledge base for understanding, preventing and mitigating the potential impact of the exploration and exploitation through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of significant shale gas reserves found throughout Europe, and to develop a decision support tool for risk quantification of the environmental impacts of the technology. The aim is to provide key scientific‐based yet practical recommendations aimed at minimising the environmental footprint of shale gas extraction through effective planning and regulation, and also to address public concerns.LH2 is lead on Workpackage 5: Model Development and Modelling Model Development. The main tasks of this workpackage are: review of standard industry modelling capabilities, development of model scenarios including key processes and key events, validation of models with real data and identification of optimal data density for cost effective uncertainty reduction. Besides the coordination of the workpackage LH2 will contribute with numerical modelling concepts developed in-house and implemented into the simulator Dumux.

Project manager

Class, Holger
Helmig, Rainer

Research assistants

Kissinger, Alexander
Beck, Martin
Gläser, Dennis




06/2015 - 05/2018


European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 640979

Cooperation partners

PENN STATE - Marcellus Centre for Outreach and Research (USA), Spanish National Research Council (Spain), Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (Germany), Jung Geotherm (Germany), Environmental & Water Resource Engineering (Israel), University of Vienna (Austria), Heriot-Watt University (UK), Uppsala University (Sweden), The National Center for Scientific Research (France), The University of Gottingen (Germnay), The University of Edinburgh (UK), Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

To the top of the page