Dynamics of the Sedimentary Basins

A research axis on the dynamics of the sedimentary basins lays important basis for the applied research and expertise activities of the GSB, because the sedimentary basins form the common denominator of all geologists focusing on Belgium. This axis is oriented towards a better understanding of the geological component of our environment and of the geohazard processes in the past and is based on stratigraphy. Priority research projects will be organized around the following topics:

  • Enhancing the stratigraphy and sedimentology knowledge in some key intervals;
  • Reconstructing the geological history of natural hazards;
  • Reconstructing the oceanic geochemical fluctuations and biotic turnovers (in collaboration with the Palaeobiosphere Evolution research programme).

Research projects

01/10/2013 to 31/12/2017


This project aims to reconstruct past earthquakes along the Nankai Trough, south central Japan. The project combines fieldwork, advanced sedimentological and geochemical analyses, innovative dating techniques, tsunami inundation modeling and hazard assessment, with government policy support and public outreach.
01/10/2013 to 30/09/2016

Deciphering shallow marine ecosystem dynamics during rapid global warmings: an early Eocene North Sea Basin perspective (Belgium)

This research is intended to lead to a better understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between the geo- and biosphere in shallow-water settings, and to answer the question how early Eocene benthic ecosystems respond to environmental changes during periods of rapid global warming.
IUAP Project photographs
01/01/2002 to 31/12/2006

IUAP Project: The Land of Sumer and Akkad

Reconstructing History and Environment of the Mesopotamian Plain.
01/01/2002 to 31/12/2004

EUROSEISMIC: European Marine Seismic Metadata and Information Centre

The principal objective of EUROSEISMIC is to compile a metadatabase of seismic profiles which image the European seabed and sub-seabed and are held by the project partners.
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