Sedimentary Geology

Research

  • PD3 carbonate research consortium, researching heterogeneity in carbonate platform strata using integrated outcrop and forward modelling approach CO-PI Peter Burgess, funding from industrial sources 
  • COMPASS research consortium, researching development of rifting margins globally through integrated modelling of mantle convection, plate, rift basin and stratigraphic processes. CO-PI Peter Burgess, funding from industrial sources 
  • Understanding stratal order – quantitative techniques to investigate the fundamental nature of layered siliciclastic and carbonate rocks CO-PIs Peter Burgess & Rob Duller 
  • Developing and applying numerical and analogue forward models to better understand sedimentary process CO-PIs Iris Verhagen, Rob Duller, Chris Stevenson, and Peter Burgess 
  • Impacts and dynamics of volcanically-generated jökulhlaups, Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland. NERC-funded project lead by Newcastle University. (Duller) 
  • Combining sedimentology, shallow geophysics and remote sensing to quantify the impact of jökulhlaups from Katla Volcano, southern Iceland (Duller, De Angelis, Gonzalez)  
  • Sandar stratigraphy project, research into the controls on the large scale sedimentary architecture of Icelandic sandar. The project will assess the role of sea level and glacier fluctuations on sandur sedimentary architecture. 
  • Development of simplified theory using numerical and laboratory investigations to link surface processes to field stratigraphy (Duller, Straub, Burgess). 
  • Sedimentary signals project: assessing the degree to which the sedimentary archive can store climate-generated sediment flux signals and seal level signals (Duller, Straub, Jerrett, Burgess). 
  • Mouth bar project, research into the volume and shape of mouth bars and mouth bar complexes using Delft3D and sedimentary data. This research will enable us to quantify the water depth and sediment flux conditions from sedimentary facies, and understand delta dynamics (Duller, Jerret, Leonardi) 
  • PETM Project, research into the sediment routing response to an abrupt warming event. Linking terrestrial to deep marine systems (Duller, Joint project between University of Liverpool University, Plymouth University and Manchester University) 
  • MSM32 sea cruise - Morphology, processes and geohazards of giant landslides in and around Agadir Canyon, northwest Africa (Co-PI Stevenson) 
  • MSM47 sea cruise - Geomorpholgy, processes and geohazards of giant submarine landslides and tsunami generation capacity: the 1929  Grand Banks landslide of the Canadian Atlantic continental margin (Co-PI Stevenson) 
  • Buzzard project, analysis of sedimentary architectures and the structural evolution of a confined syn-rift deep-water system: the Buzzard oilfield, North Sea, UK (Co-PI Stevenson) 
  • QEMSCAN (automated SEM-EDS-mapping) applications for oil and gas related projects, to develop and promote new applications and uses of the QEMSCAN equipment via focussed projects, research publications and research conference presentations. $1M equipment on long-term loan to Liverpool University. Funded by FEI/Themoelectron. (PI Richard Worden).  
  • PETROG vs. QemScan, research aiming to integrate the output of manual petrographic data collection using PETROG with automated data collection using QemScan (PI Verhagen, Co-PIs Duller & Worden). 
  • Project ACORN, understanding of the effects of increased CO2 fluid pressure on rock strength following CO2 injection into a depleted oil field in the N Sea. European ACT (Accelerated Carbon Technology) award. Industrial consortium with Pale Blue Dot Ltd, Heriot-Watt, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Strathclyde Universities and Bellona, Norway, and Radbound University, Holland.  (PI Richard Worden, Co-PI Dan Faulkner) 
  • Chlorite Consortium Phase 2.  Funding from industrial sources, seven hydrocarbon E&P companies. (PI Richard Worden, Co-PIs Iris Verhagen and Rob Duller) 
  • Rare Earth Element distribution in modern marginal siliciclastic sediments. (PI Richard Worden, Co-PI Dave Polya, Manchester) 
  • Sedimentology, geochemistry, microfacies and diagenesis of a mud-rich slope succession in the Carboniferous Bowland Basin, NW England (UK).  Funded by NERC. (PI Kevin Taylor, Manchester, Co-PI Richard Worden). 
  • Reservoir Quality Database, to assess the feasibility of enhanced oil recovery through low salinity (LoSal) water flooding. Funded by a NERC Innovation award. (PI Richard Worden) 
  • Tarim Basin, China, gas geochemistry and Palaeozoic carbonate reservoir quality, specifically examining thermochemical sulphate reduction, gas souring and dolomitization. Funded by the China Science Council. (PI Richard Worden) 
  • Sichuan Basin, China, gas geochemistry and Mesozoic and Upper Palaeozoic carbonate reservoir quality.  Specifically examining thermochemical sulphate reduction, oil and gas souring and dolomitization. Funded by the China Science Council and SINOPEC. (PI Richard Worden)  
  • Fe-mineral diagenesis and effects on sandstone reservoir quality. Comparing siderite and pyrite cemented marginal marine Jurassic Brent Group sandstones to chlorite cemented maginal marine Cook Formation sandstones.  Funded by Nigerian Petroleum Technology Directorate Fund and Shell. (PI Richard Worden) 
  • Tight and low-reservoir-quality sandstone diagenesis, studying reservoir quality of the tight-gas sandstone Wamsutter reservoir and low-permeability Upper Jurassic UK sandstones.  Funded by Nigerian Petroleum Technology Directorate Fund and BP. (PI Richard Worden) 
  • The effect of oil emplacement on sandstone diagenesis and reservoir quality in Upper Jurassic sandstones from the North Sea.  Funded by Nigerian Petroleum Technology Directorate Fund and BP. (PI Richard Worden) 
  • Predicting reservoir quality in microquartz-cemented and sponge spicule-bearing turbidite and shelf sandstones, Upper Jurassic North Sea reservoirs, UK, Norway, Denmark. (Co-PIs Richard Worden and Chris Stevenson)