Tectonics and Sedimentary Systems



Stefan Back



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The research topic Tectonics and Sedimentary Systems provides an integrated approach to investigate the interaction between tectonic processes and sedimentary systems, including the evolution and deformation of sedimentary basins. Our research philosophy is to use a maximum of geological and geophysical constraints to unravel and quantify tectonic and sedimentary processes and test the validity of geological concepts and interpretations.

Key methods applied include seismic-reflection interpretation, borehole analysis, field studies, sequence stratigraphy and structural modelling.

The research group collaborates with national and international academia, research groups, government institutions and industry.
Key regions in which we are or have been active include

  • Europe Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Romania
  • Asia Brunei, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, Siberia
  • Africa Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Angola
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • South America Argentina, Brazil


Current projects

  • Tectonics and carbonate platform development, Gabes-Tripoli Basin, offshore Libya; 2019 until 2022
  • From reefs to drift: Miocene/Pliocene sedimentary change in the Browse Basin, NW Australia; 2017 until 2020
  • Aragonite ooze, ooids and reefs: Neogene to Quaternary carbonate sedimentation on the Australian NW Shelf; 2017 until 2020
  • NW Borneo fold-thrust belt: tectonic restoration and petroleum systems modelling; 2019 until 2022
  • Ice loading and its effects on sedimentary basins and the carbon cycle; 2019 until 2022
  • Zechstein-2 carbonates: Facies analysis, outcrop analogues, reservoir modelling; 2017 until 2021