Fluvial Research Group

Welcome to the Fluvial & Eolian Research Group

The FRG-ERG brings together a broad range of expertise for the study of fluvial and eolian systems with the aim of developing a better understanding of both the behaviour and evolution of modern rivers and dune fields and the applied significance of ancient fluvial & eolian sedimentary successions.


Based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, this applied-facing research group seeks to devise new methodologies in subsurface geological characterization. The group operates as a Joint Industry Project (JIP).

Find out more about FRG-ERG in this summary PDF file.


Current and past phases of the FRG-ERG research programme have been supported by the following sponsor companies:

Aker BP, Anadarko, Areva, BHP Billiton, Cairn India, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Murphy Oil Corporation, NERC, Nexen-CNOOC, Occidental, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Tullow Oil, Woodside, YPF.

We also have a partnership with Petrotechnical Data Systems (PDS) who develop Ava Clastics.

Key points

  • An industry facing research group bringing together multi-disciplinary expertise in all aspects of applied fluvial & eolian sedimentary research.
  • A principal aim of the group is to conduct cutting-edge research into the application of fluvial & eolian sedimentology for gaining a better understanding of hydrocarbon and related mineral reserves.
  • Innovative techniques in knowledge transfer are central to the philosophy of the group. A key objective of the group is to distill current thinking and trends in applied fluvial & eolian research and present them in a digestible form for use by industrial sponsors.
  • Leeds has long been at the forefront of sedimentological research and has a proven track record in studies of both modern and ancient fluvial & eolian systems, as well as in using flume and numerical modelling approaches.
  • Full results of all past and ongoing research projects (including all primary data sets and summary updates) are available for download by group sponsors.
  • Invited Associate Members provide additional expertise.

The FRG-ERG runs in parallel with, and is organised in a similar manner to its sister groups, the industry-facing Turbidites Research Group (TRG) and Shallow-Marine Research Group (SMRG).

The industry-funded component of the FRG-ERG's work is organised in 3-year phases:

Phase 1: Jan 2009-Dec 2011
Phase 2: Jan 2012-Dec 2014
Phase 3: Jan 2015-Dec 2017
Phase 4: Jan 2018-Dec 2020

New sponsors may join at any time. Membership provides access to the full back-catalogue of research and knowledge-transfer outputs. Discounts are available to returning sponsors.

For further information on the FRG contact:
Dr. Nigel Mountney at n.p.mountney@leeds.ac.uk or +44 (0)113 343 5249
Prof. Bill McCaffrey at mccaffrey@earth.leeds.ac.uk or + 44 (0)113 343 6625
Dr. Luca Colombera at l.colombera@leeds.ac.uk or +44 (0)113 343 1182