Kris Piessens

Senior Geologist

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Kris Piessens is a senior geologist with 20 years of post-doc experience, after specialising as Master in structural geology and obtaining a PhD in mineralogy and geochemistry. He is well known for working in multi-disciplinary research projects, most noticeably on low-carbon technologies, geological economics and geological models.


Cambrian, Caledonides, Brabant Massif, CO2 geological storage, geothermal energy, pipeline routing, CCUS networks, geological interactions, ecosystem Earth including subsurface, real option analysis and related economic theory, fluid inclusions

Research group

Research interests

  • Geological economics
  • Lower-Paleozoic
  • Structural geology
  • Geo-energy
  • Geological mapping
  • Cross-disciplinary research

Key publications

Barros, R., Defourny, A., Collignon, A., Jobé, P., Dassargues, A., Piessens, K. & Welkenhuysen, K., 2021. A review of the geology and origin of CO2 in mineral water springs in east Belgium. Geologica Belgica, 24 (1-2). ISSN 1374-8505 IF2019 0.870

Roefs, P., Moretti, M., Welkenhuysen, K., Piessens, K. & Compernolle, T., 2019. CO2-enhanced oil recovery and CO2 capture & storage: an environmental economic trade-off analysis. Journal of Environmental Management, 239, 167-177. ISSN 0301-4797 IF2018 4.865 

Compernolle, T., Welkenhuysen, K., Petitclerc, E., Maes, D. & Piessens, K., 2019. The impact of policy measures on geothermal energy investments. Energy Economics, 84, 104524. ISSN 0140-9883 IF2019 5.647

Vidovic, J., Schavemaker, Y., Witteman, T., Tulstrup, J., van Gessel, S., Piessens, K., & Solar, S., 2019. EuroGeoSurveys: from a non-profit association to a geological service for Europe. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, SP499-2019–2047.

Van Daele, J., Hulsbosch, N., Dewaele, S., Boiron, M. C., Piessens, K., Boyce, A., & Muchez, P., 2018. Mixing of magmatic-hydrothermal and metamorphic fluids and the origin of peribatholitic Sn vein-type deposits in Rwanda. Ore Geology Reviews 101, 481–501.

Welkenhuysen, K., Meyvis, B., Swennen, R. & Piessens, K., 2018. Economic threshold of CO2-EOR and CO2 storage in the North Sea: a case study of the Claymore, Scott and Buzzard oil fields. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 78, 271-285. ISSN 1750-5836 IF2018 3.231

Welkenhuysen, K., Rupert, J., Compernolle, T., Ramirez, A., Swennen, R. & Piessens, K., 2017. Considering economic and geological uncertainty in the simulation of realistic investment decisions for CO2-EOR projects in the North Sea. Applied Energy, 185 (1), 745-761. ISSN 0306-2619 IF2017 7.900

Compernolle, T., Welkenhuysen, K., Huisman, K., Piessens, K. & Kort, P., 2017. Off-shore enhanced oil recovery in the North Sea: The impact of price uncertainty on the investment decisions. Energy Policy, 101, 123-137. ISSN 0301-4215 IF2017 4.039

Piessens, K., 2015. Off-shore map of the Brabant Massif (Issue JULY, p. 13140).

Vandeginste, V. & Piessens, K., 2008. Pipeline design for a least-cost router application for CO2 transport in the CO2 sequestration cycle. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 2(4), 571–581.


Establishing the European Geological Surveys Research Area to deliver a Geological Service for Europe

EU H2020, 2018-2021
Role: Coordinator at GSB level for the 6 GeoERA projects

Cross-Atlantic geoscience-to-policy symposium on subsurface management and subsurface spatial planning

BELSPO, 2021-2022
Role: Coordinator

Hydrogen Storage in European Subsurface

EU H2020, 2021-2022
Role: Researcher

Decision Support under Uncertainty for Geothermal Applications

BELSPO BRAIN-be 2.0, 2019-2024
Role: Researcher

Geological Economics

Promotor for the post-doc researcher