The migration of hydrogen in sedimentary basins

This is a Preprint and has not been peer reviewed. The published version of this Preprint is available: This is version 1 of this Preprint.

Add a Comment

You must log in to post a comment.


There are no comments or no comments have been made public for this article.


Download Preprint


Bhavik Harish Lodhia , Luk Peeters 


Understanding the mechanisms of large-scale, subsurface hydrogen migration is essential for natural hydrogen exploration and for hydrogen storage assessment. The unique properties of hydrogen make that the timescales of hydrogen migration within geological basins vary from thousands of years to days. Within the shallow Earth, diffusive and advective transport mechanisms are dependent on a wide range of parameters including geological structure, microbial activity, and subsurface environmental factors, e.g., salinity, temperature, and pressure. In this study, we review the nature and timescale of hydrogen migration in geological basins. We also review the mechanisms and timescales of hydrogen migration within diffusive, advective and biologically moderated systems within the shallow Earth. We calculate maximum vertical velocity, vmax, for several key rock types, including sandstone and micrite and discuss the importance of capillary pressure in controlling the mode of hydrogen migration in sedimentary rocks. Finally, We discuss the potential application of causal analyses methods to constrain complex processes in hydrogen systems and assess the challenges of conventional reservoir modelling for hydrogen migration.



Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics


Basins, causal relationships, Hydrogen, Earth, migration, modelling, resource, Velocity


Published: 2024-06-13 21:00

Last Updated: 2024-06-14 04:00


CC BY Attribution 4.0 International

Additional Metadata

Conflict of interest statement:

Data Availability (Reason not available):