Fluvial Research Group

Research Themes & Methods

Research within the FRG is arranged into a series of broad themes that together enable concepts in fluvial sedimentology and stratigraphy to be successfully applied to improve subsurface reservoir and mineral reserve characterisation. A variety of methods are employed within these research themes.


  • Techniques for establishing fluvial system type from 1D core.
  • Prediction of fluvial & eolian architecture through development of relational databases.
  • Discerning between autocyclic and allocyclic controls on fluvial architecture.
  • Numerical and flume-based modelling of fluvial & eolian processes.
  • Fluvial & eolian sequence stratigraphy and techniques in subsurface reservoir correlation.
  • The relative roles of eustasy, tectonics, climate and sediment supply in controlling fluvial & eolian architectural style: examples from subsurface, modern & ancient systems.
  • Small-scale and large-scale styles of fluvial & eolian system interaction.
  • Diagenetic impacts on fluvial & eolian reservoir quality.


  • Experimental modelling of fluvial system evolution using physical and numerical techniques.
  • High-resolution outcrop architectural studies in both modern and ancient fluvial environments.
  • Sequence stratigraphy for analysis of basin-scale system response to changes in external controlling parameters.
  • 3D seismic-stratigraphic interpretation of large-scale fluvial basin-fill successions.
  • Development of reservoir-scale models for testing effects of geometry on connectivity of fluvial sand-bodies.
  • Fluvial Architecture Knowledge Transfer System (FAKTS) - a relational database.