Research topics

The team has a rich tradition of fundamental and applied research in sedimentary geology. It includes investigation on :

  • superficial and depositional processes,
  • geochemical, textural and mineralogical evolution of rocks in response to weathering, to interactions between tectonics and sedimentation at the basin scale.


Main research activity includes :

  • SEDIMENTARY PROXIES - The general objectives are to understand the processes that may affect the deposition in alluvial systems. A special interest is paid to the weathering processes in the uplands and the evolution of sediments transported in the water column or accumulated at the water- bottom interface from streams to ocean. A major point in these studies is to calibrate the different signals between the fossil and the modern records.
  • CONTINENTAL TOPOGRAPHY AND GEODYNAMICS – We aim to reconstruct the geodynamic evolution of stable continental areas for which only few information was preserved. The available records constitute mainly paleoweathering features and azoic deposits. Dating these palaeoweathering marks allows reconstructing continental paleosurfaces and constraining the geodynamic evolution of continental areas.
  • RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION – Research activities concern the architecture of alluvial reservoirs, the modeling of channelized reservoirs from fluvial to turbiditic systems. The understanding of fluid flow control by fractures is addressed in different settings ranging from early fracturing in unconsolidated sediments to rock fractures associated with folding.