Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins: Theory and Applications to GeoResources and GeoEnergy

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 990

Sedimentary basins, the sites of mankind's most important energy- and geo-resources, provide the temporal record of the geological evolution of the continents and their margins. Basin research is at the forefront of modern integrated solid earth science with key applications in renewable (e.g. geothermal energy) and non-renewable hydrocarbon energy resources. This course addresses tectonic mechanisms for basin formation through an integrated, process-oriented approach centred on novel concepts and their validation through high quality data sets from academia and industry. Participants will also be engaged in hands-on numerical and physical analogue modelling in the UU Tectonic modelling laboratory.

Sedimentary basins provide a unique record of the geological evolution of the continents and their margins and host mankind's most important energy- and geo-resources. Research in basins is at the forefront of modern integrated solid earth science and its applications in domains including renewable (e.g. geothermal energy) and non-renewable hydrocarbon energy resources. In this course we will address the tectonic mechanisms for the formation of basin systems through an integrated geological and geophysical approach, centered around novel concepts and their validation through high quality data sets from academia and industry. In particular we will evaluate how these mechanisms affect vertical motions of the Earth’s surface leading to the formation or destruction of accommodation space, their influence on the architecture of the basin fill and the development of complex 3d-structures. The participants of this course will also be engaged in the UU Teclab in hands-on numerical and physical analogue tectonic modeling of basin formation in extensional and compressional regimes as well as quantitative predictions of their thermal history and record of vertical motions.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Sierd Cloetingh

Target group

MSc and PhD students in earth sciences (geology/geophysics). Professionals from geo-resources and geo-energy industry and organisations.

Course aim

At the end of the course the participants will have a thorough understanding of the main mechanisms, processes and parameters that control the evolution of the various types of sedimentary basins. Through a set of numerical and analogue modelling exercises the students will have gained an intuitive feeling of the relative importance and effects of the various boundary and loading conditions and the geometrical and material properties that play a key role in the tectonic deformation of sedimentary basin systems.

Credits info

4 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 990: Course + course materials + housing

Candidates should submit a motivation letter, their CV and a reference letter.
There is a maximum of 20 participants.
EUR 650: Course + course materials

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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