WELCOME TO THE WGSG SPACE
Overview of Our Research
The overarching objective of the Working Group on Sediment Generation is to synthesize, advance and communicate the geoscientific knowledge and understanding of siliciclastic sediment generation and evolution. Activities of the group involve research, communication, and education.
The group provides a virtual forum and network for sharing, encouraging, collaborating, and supporting research and learning activities. The organization promotes the communication of research by hosting informal and formal symposia and conferences where research can be shared, discussed, and reviewed by peers. The WGSG also organizes and edits publications dedicated to communicating research results, case studies and the latest concepts. Senior participants in the WGSG commonly organize, promote and teach seminars and short courses to provide students an opportunity to become familiar with specialized techniques, workflows and concepts that may not be available in their local curriculum. These courses are also available to the geoscience community at-large, as opportunities to expand their knowledge, experience-base and professional network.
AIMS & SCOPES
Present and Future
Our research encompasses a broad range of topics. Some studies aim to delineate and quantify the processes within sediment routing systems that generate and modify siliciclastic sediment, while others work to quantify the character and volumes of the particles and solutes that are the products of sediment generation. The broad nature of our research involves knowledge and understanding of a number of geoscience sub-disciplines from tectonics and petrology, to geomorphology, paleoclimatology, sedimentology and diagensis. The integration of concepts and data across technical boundaries is challenging, but is required for the genetic, process-based, systems approach that we employ and promote.
Our research involves various approaches including work in the field, in the subsurface, and in laboratory settings, and includes the study of both recent and ancient sedimentary deposits. Approaches include those that address sediment source (provenance), those that address sediment sink (character of basin-fill and diagenesis) as well as those that study the processes and deposits in between these two ends. Still others approach research questions by using statistical approaches to interrogate data or use forward and inverse analytical approaches to develop integrated concepts and models that will predict, or will de-convolve and interpret the signals preserved in the sedimentary record.
THE WGSG IN A NUTSHELL
At the IAS2009 conference in Alghero, Sardinia, the plan was launched to form a European working group to address the problem of sediment generation in a systematic and quantitative way. The activities of the working group are not confined to research: important secondary objectives are to promote education of graduate students, and the exchange of specialised knowledge on aspects of quantitative sediment analysis and interpretation.
WHO WE ARE
The working group on sediment generation is a network of geoscientists including specialists from various disciplines of geology as sedimentology, applied geomorphology, petrology, geochronology, thermochronology, geochemistry, numerical modeling and advanced compositional data processing applied to research on sediment generation and sediment routing systems. The basis of our work is well established. Sediment generation and evolution studies have been conducted in various forms for over a hundred years. The undisputed concepts that have been distilled from countless historic and more recent studies, can be summarised in terms of the factors that control sediment character and abundance.