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Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences, Department Geology and Soil Science, Sedimentary Geology and Engineering Geology
Native name
Universiteit Gent, Faculteit Wetenschappen, Vakgroep Geologie en Bodemkunde, Afdeling Sedimentaire Geologie en Ingenieursgeologie
Krijgslaan 281 (S8)
+32-(0)9-264 45 80
+32-(0)9-264 47 85

organisation profile

Stratigraphy and comparative sedimentology of fossil and active, shallow-marine siliciclastic sedimentation systems (facies analysis, sedimentation processes and models, basin analysis, petrophysical characterisation), integrating offshore and onshore geological, hydrogeological and geotechnical data acquisition techniques; regional geological studies in the framework of development cooperation in Africa and the Middle East, using GIS and teledetection to characterize geological structures with potential economic value. Priorities: construction of a sedimentation model for Tertiary deposits in the Southern North Sea Bight, both on the Belgian Continental Platform and onshore, with emphasis on sea-level changes; development of a sedimentation model (actual process and transport dynamics) for the nearshore zone and the Flemish Banks, related to hydro-meteorological conditions; geological mapping of the Tertiary strata in western Flanders, commissioned by the Flemish Government and the Belgian Geological Survey; development of a geological database and information system for Flanders through integration of geological, geotechnical and hydrogeological data; study of the regional geological structure of piedmont ranges (Atlas, Morocco) and actual rift systems (Dead Sea, Jordan), by means of remote sensing techniques; development of a geological advisory unit with an integrated database for small-scale mining (Zambia), by means of remote sensing techniques, GIS and mapping; study of geological conditions as limiting environmental factors in the development of European small-scale city areas; development of a philosophical and organisational framework for the conservation of important geological and geomorphological objects. Perspectives: refinement of sedimentation models for the Tertiary and Quaternary through a comparative study of eustatic, climatological, physical-oceanographical and tectonic influences along passive ocean marges; integration of mapping of Tertiary strata with mapping of the Quaternary in Flanders, through the development of a common database and editing of geological maps and explanatory notes; conceptualisation and development of a metabase for acquisition, input, management and integration of geological, geotechnical and hydrogeological data for the subsoil of Flanders (from field data to maps); study of petrophysical properties for the characterisation of rocks during physical and biological weathering (and the influence of industrial conservation techniques), by means of computerised X-ray tomography, as part of a non-destructive expert system; acquisition of technical equipment for offshore sediment coring for the study of the lateral extent and nature of Tertiary and Quaternary surficial sediments in the Southern North Sea Bight, in order to assure integration with seismic-acoustic data; optimisation and integration of geotechnical and geophysical parameters for the characterisation of Tertiary and Quaternary sediments and their distribution; study of the behaviour of sedimentary strata under external conditions of deformation through the determination of geological and geotechnical boundary conditions in stability problems.

results in other services

  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)

edmo metadata

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Collating centre
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Management Unit of North Sea and Scheldt Estuary Mathematical Models, Belgian Marine Data Centre (MUMM-BMDC)
Latest update
22 October 2012 10:47:09 AM