3D Computational models of geological basin and hinterland evolution incorporating lithospheric mantle and surface processes

  • Moresi, Louis (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Sandiford, Michael (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Stafford, Jay Lea Pinizzotto (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Karner, Garry (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Powell, William (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

We plan to build computational models of sedimentary basins which can account for their mechanical evolution, the nature and origin of the sediments they derive from the continental crust, and the manner in which the sediment fills the basin and influences the deformation history and basin shape. This is a significant challenge because the sediment erosion and transport influences the tectonic deformation and vice versa. We will develop appropriate numerical techniques to deal with this challenge. The models will be used to complement geophysical imaging techniques in better understanding basin structure as petroleum exploration shifts towards deeper water.
Effective start/end date20/12/0731/12/11


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$110,788.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$69,468.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$75,354.00
  • University of Melbourne
  • ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company: A$180,000.00