Geodynamics and Basin Studies

3D Geodynamics

3D Geodynamic Modelling of Sedimentary Basin and Passive Margin Formation

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Project coordinator: Prof. Ritske S. Huismans
Funding: EU International Reintegration Grant
Project period: 2007-12-01 to 2009-12-01

The work focuses on understanding the evolution and structural style of sedimentary basins and passive margins in 3 dimensions (3D) using state of the art computational modelling techniques. Very few 3D models exist that follow the evolution of rifting to large deformation with sufficient resolution to resolve individual fault and shear zones. We will use state of the art finite element techniques developed in collaboration with research partners in Canada and France to model the 3D evolution of sedimentary basin and passive margin formation. Insight into the 3D structural evolution of these systems is both a fundamental first order scientific problem but is also highly relevant for hydro-carbon exploration, as well as for understanding seismic hazard potential in these settings.