Umberta Tinivella received an M.S. degree in physics from the University of Trieste. After a grant from the National Institute of Material Physics, she specialized at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in solid-state physics and numerical physics. She served as an Assistant in the Physics Laboratory II at the EPFL. Since 1996, she has been a Researcher at OGS. In 1998, she received the Cagniard Award at the 60st EAGE Conference, presenting a gas hydrate theoretical models. She developed a methodology to predict overpressure zones from seismic, log, and laboratory data, by using elastic theories, which relate physical properties of rocks to pore pressure. In 2005, she received the Best Poster Presentation at the Near Surface Conference Award, presenting a paper that shows the slope instability caused by gas hydrate dissociation offshore the Antarctic Peninsula. Presently, she works on gas hydrate topics, studying modeling and theoretical models to describe the physical properties of gas hydrate- and free gas-bearing sediments. She developed a procedure to estimate the concentrations of gas hydrate and free gas from seismic and well data. She was/is the Leader of several gas hydrate projects supported by the Italian government, oil companies, and the European community.
Biography Updated on 6 December 2012