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Integrated Basin Studies (Geoscience II Project)

Objective

The project aims to produce a new generation of basin formation models by improved description and modelling of basin fill architecture. The work will concentrate on the study of the physics of compaction and fluid flow in fine grained sediments to provide a better basis for modelling fluid flows and pressure regimes in basins and the physical processes of expulsion of hydrocarbons from source-rocks.

Several consultative geoscience meetings in Europe concluded that a main axis of future research in geosciences should be the study of sedimentary basins, with two key requirements: integration of disciplines and modelling. The project fulfils these two requirements, as a careful study of the sedimentary response to tectonics and to the kinematic evolution of basins will be undertaken, to develop new models of basin formation and evolution.


The project consists of six modules: Module 1: Rifted basin modelling constrained by the Gulf of Lion example. The work will concentrate on the integration of the mechanics of brittle extensional tectonics and strain localization in order to reconstruct the subsidence history of rifted basins.

Module 2: Foreland basins modelling constrained by Iberian and German basins. The near surface structural evolution caused by both brittle and ductile deformations and by the inheritage from phases of rifting preceding the foreland history will be reconstructed.

Module 3: Dynamic of the Norwegian margins with constraints from the Viking Graben, the More Basin and from the Norway Greenland conjugate volcanic margins. The research consists of reconstructing the tectono-magmatic history of the margins, evaluating the basins configuration through time, the style of deformation for each tectonic episode, and quantifying the magnitude of crustal - lithospheric extension.
Module 4: Compaction and fluid flow in fine grained sediments. An accurate as possible mathematical description of the relationships between porosity, permeability and stress during burial for each major lithological type will be produced.

Module 5: Modelling of the sedimentary response to tectonics at different scales. This module will describe the modelling activities which will be undertaken in modules 1 to 4.

Module 6: Synthesis of scientific results. The module will consist essentially of a comparison and homogenization of the data collected, and of the results obtained by the different teams.

PECO Data provided from the Pannonian basin (Hungary) will contribute to the work of modules 1, 5 and 6.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GROUPEMENT EUROPÉEN DE RECHERCHES TECHNOLOGIQUES SUR LES HYDROCARBURES
Address
Avenue Napoléon Bonaparte 232
92500 Rueil Malmaison
France

Participants (15)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
S/n,lluis Solt Sabaris S/n
08028 Barcelona
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
2 Place Eugene Bataillon
34095 Montpellier
GROUPEMENT D'INTÉRÊT POUR L'ETUDE DES STRUCTURES SOUTERRAINES DE STOCKAGE
France
Address
Route De Saclay, Ecole Polytechnique
91128 Palaiseau
Generalitat de Catalunya
Spain
Address
71,Paral. Lel
08004 Barcelona
Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine
France
Address
94 Avenue Delattre De Tassigny
54000 Nancy
Norsk Hydro Research Centre
Norway
Address
90,Sandsliveien
5020 Bergen
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
United Kingdom
Address
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX Egham
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
5,Sonneggstrasse 5, Eth-zentrum
8093 Zurich
THE UNIVERSITY OF TUEBINGEN
Germany
Address
Herrenberger Strasse 51
72070 Tuebingen
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Drummond Building
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Budapestlaan 4
3508 TA Utrecht
Universitat de Barcelona
Spain
Address

08071 Barcelona
Universität Karlsruhe (Technische Hochschule)
Germany
Address
16,Hertzstraße 16
76187 Karlsruhe
Université de Paris VI (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
France
Address
24 Rue Lhomond
75231 Paris
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS
Netherlands
Address
1085,De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam