Nicolas Clerc

PhD student

rue des Maraîchers 13

+41 (0)79 723 23 30



My PhD project, in co-direction between the Department of Earth Sciences of Geneva University and the Department of Hydrogeology and Geothermics of Neuchâtel University, Switzerland, consists in the deep subsurface geological and structural characterization of the Greater Geneva Basin as part of the “GEothermie 2020” program of the Geneva state, which aims at developing deep geothermal energy in the Geneva area.

Seismic and well data, outcrop analysis, compiled with previous work over the area are integrated in 3D geological models of various (local and regional) scales. More particularly, my work emphasis on the understanding of regional tectonics and stress field evolution through time, trying to best characterize the development of fractured zones within key geothermal reservoir units. Along with an associated PhD project on rock-typing held at University of Geneva (Elme Rusillon), these studies aim at identify and characterize potential reservoir formations for future development of deep geothermal energy.

In parallel, I also contribute to the establishment of the Geneva-Savoy pilot model for the GeoMol project, in collaboration with the French Geological Survey (BRGM). This project consists in the establishment of a large-scale 3D geological model of the Mesozoic and Tertiary series over the entire alpine molasse foreland basins.



  • Sedimentary basin analysis
  • Reservoir characterization
  • Structural geology
  • Geological modeling
  • Geothermal systems
  • Petrophysics



  • Reservoir geology
  • Geological modeling
  • Advanced Geology



Nicolas Clerc, Elme Rusillon, Andrea Moscariello, Philippe Renard, Sabrina Paolacci and Michel Meyer, 2015. Detailed Structural and Reservoir Rock Typing Characterisation of the Greater Geneva Basin, Switzerland for Geothermal Resource Assessment. Proceedings World Geothermal Congress 2015, Melbourne, Australia, April 2015.

Matar Ndiaye, Nicolas Clerc, Georges Gorin, Stéphanie Girardclos, Julien Fiore, 2014. Lake Neuchâtel (Switzerland) seismic stratigraphic record points to the simultaneous Würmian deglaciation of the Rhône Glacier and Jura Ice Cap. Quaternary Science Reviews 85 (2014), p. 1-19.

Guglielmetti L., Negro F., Mauri G., Vuataz1 F.-D., Abdelfettah Y., Clerc N., Giroud N., Marguet L., Schill E., 2013. GeoNE: an integrated project for the exploration of low enthalpy deep aquifers in the canton of Neuchatel, western Switzerland. Proceedings European Geothermal Congress 2013, Pisa, Italy; June 2013.

Laurent Souche, Donatella Astratti, Victor Aarre, Nicolas Clerc, Andrew Clark, Taha Nasser Ali Al Dayyni, Sabry Lotfy Mahmoud, 2012. A dual representation of multiscale fracture network modeling: application to a giant UAE carbonate field. First Break volume 30, May 2012, p. 43-52.

Malalla al Ali, Volker Vahrenkamp, Saber Elsembawy, Zahid Bhatti, Stacy Lynn Reeder, Nicolas Clerc, Michael Wilt, 2009. Constraining Interwell Water Flood Imaging with Geology and Petrophysics: An Example from the Middle East. SPE 120558-MS.

Bhatti, Z., Al Mansoori, Y., El Sembawy, S., Vahrenkamp, V., Clerc, N., Wilt, M., Reeder, S., 2008. Tracking Interwell Water Saturation in Pattern Flood Pilots in a Giant Gulf Oil field. SPE 118434.



Clerc, N., Rusillon, E., Moscariello, A., 2014. Structural and Reservoir Rock Typing Characterization of the Greater Geneva Basin for Geothermal Resource Assessment. 12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Fribourg, Switzerland, November 2014.

Rusillon, E., Clerc, N., Moscariello, A., 2014. Rock typing of deep geothermal reservoirs in the Greater Geneva Basin. International Sedimentological Congress 2014, Geneva, Switzerland, August 2014.

Kumar, S., Elsembawy, S., Gashut, M., Clerc, N., Safdar, M., Wilt, M., Karakas, M., 2010. Building and Constraining High Resolution Static and Dynamic Models with Crosswell Electromagnetic data: An application to a horizontal water injection pattern pilot. Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 2010.

Clerc, N., Elsembawy, S., Kumar, S., Yin, Y., Souche, L., Reeder, S.L., Al-Hoot, A.R., Lawrence, D.A., Gashut, M., 2010. Integration of Crosswell Electromagnetic, Geologic, Production and Seismic Data for Characterization, Monitoring and Dynamic Modeling of Water Injection in a Heterogeneous Carbonate Reservoir. AAPG GEO 2010 Middle East Geoscience Conference & Exhibition, Manama, Bahrain, March 2010.