Dr Manel Prada
- Postdoctoral Researcher
Manel Prada is a Post-Doc Researcher in the iCRAG hydrocarbon research spoke. Manel finished his PhD in Geosciences in 2014 from University of Barcelona. In 2014 he moved to Dublin where he recently finished his first Post-Doc position at DIAS, Geophysics under the supervision of Dr. Brian O’Reilly. His research focuses on the deep structure and formation processes of continental passive margins from active source seismic and gravity data, together with geological observations. The current iCRAG project investigates variations in crustal strain in the North Atlantic rift basins to interrogate the mode of extension and the potential impact on petroleum systems.
Hydrocarbons are one of the main resources of energy for current society. To derisk reservoir exploration, and prevent economic loss and natural catastrophes, we need to assess first the structure and properties of the ground. My research focuses on this aspect, in particular, on the characterization of the deep geological structure of the North Atlantic basins. I use geophysical techniques that provide information on the deep structure of the Earth’s crust, allowing me to explore the formation processes of these basins and the physical properties of their ground. These aspects are critical in characterizing the presence of hydrocarbon reservoirs.
Project title: Enhancing crustal and sedimentary structure of North Atlantic rift basins in hyperextended passive margins
This iCRAG project involves investigations of sedimentary basin structure up to lithospheric scales across the conjugate continental margins of the North Atlantic. Initially, the research will focus on the Porcupine and Rockall basin system, where transitions between moderately extended to hyperextended continental crust are known to occur. It will use existing crustal-scale models of component basins in the region acquired by DIAS and other research groups, and long streamer seismic reflection data acquired by the Irish Petroleum Affairs Division, together with released industry geological/geophysical data. These will be used to constrain the study and test the derivative models, using various strategies. The overarching objective of the project is to understand the large-scale geological processes, which most significantly impact on the transition in extensional regime, across the proximal to distal regions of hyperextended continental margins. Fundamental to the aims of the research is the linkage between seismic stratigraphic observations and those in the tectonically-strained crust and deeper lithosphere. Insights into the structural architecture of basins, regional controls of sedimentation patterns and heat flow history are anticipated outcomes.
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Energy Security
- Basin Evolution, Hydrocarbons, Marine Seismics, Seismic Imaging, Tomography