iCRAG is building a world-leading centre for the development of sediment tracking methods. Sediment tracking or provenance analysis is a key tool in understanding sediment generation, transport and deposition, and it can help predict reservoir sandstone distribution and quality, especially in frontier basins like those to the west of Ireland.
Research activities are focussed on the following areas:
- Development of novel sediment tracers
- Single grain provenance techniques
- Reconciling exhumation models and sediment volumes
- Sand provenance, recycling and reservoir quality.
- Development of novel sediment tracers: investigating the primary controls on reservoir sandstone quality - Jess Franklin
- Tracing sand provenance – lessons from extant systems and resilience of provenance signals in the subsurface - Dr Sebastian Zimmerman
- Sand delivery to passive margin basins – towards quantitative source to sink analysis - Martin Nauton-Fourteu
- Development of novel sediment tracers: validation and application of conventional and new provenance proxies - Dr Aoife Blowick
- Reconciling exhumation models and sediment volumes in passive margin basins - Dr Chris Mark
- A provenance study to characterise the contribution of axial drainage systems to the deposition of lower Mesozoic sandstone reservoirs in the North Celtic Sea and St. Georges Channel Basins, offshore south east Ireland - Odhrán McCarthy