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Recent Events: The NSRG & FORCE Shallow Sedimentology Seminar, Stavanger 30th November 2022.

On the 30th November 2022 the NSRG and one of our key sponsors, the NPD Force consortium, held a joint seminar covering shallow sedimentology and its implications for offshore infrastructure and renewable energy.


The event took place at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in Stavanger with 32 in-person attendees and 60 joining the event online.

Speakers from a range of institutions gave a phenomenal series of talks detailing how mapping and the understanding of sea-floor sedimentology is essential for planning sub-sea infrastructure, with a good focus being given on wind energy.

Elda Miramontes from the University of Bremen in Germany presented a wonderful presentation on strong bottom current and how they impact the upper part of continental slopes, using examples from around the world.

The days speakers included:

Timothy Watton, Equinor, Stavanger: “Why is understanding sedimentology and sedimentary processes important for Offshore Wind Developments

Lucia Perez Belmonte, Equinor, Oslo: “Geohazards and shallow gas assessments: current status and challenges

Christine Batchelor, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom: “The Quaternary environmental history of the North Sea Basin

Elda Miramontes, MARUM University of Bremen, Germany: “The impact of strong bottom currents on upper continental slopes

Hannah Petrie, University of Bergen, Bergen: “Conceptual geological models for early offshore wind site survey planning and foundation design considerations: experiences from Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II

Maarten Vanneste, NGI, Oslo: “Integrated ground model approach to characterize the shallow sub-surface for offshore wind developments

The NSRG would like to thank all the speakers for their wonderful contribution to the day, the content and quality of the talks was excellent and the fantastic feedback we have received has been testament to this. The NSRG would also like to thank the attendees who were wonderfully attentive with a high level of audience engagement and questions after each talk.

Participants enjoying lunch and the opportunity to network with other seminar attendees.

Stay tuned for a follow up seminar on shallow sedimentology where we will take the understanding further and focus on the role of shallow sedimentology in risk and uncertainty management for offshore infrastructure.


Do you have a trial lecture, video abstract or presentation you would like to share? The NSRG is a platform for outreach for all research in the fields of sedimentology and stratigraphy. Submit your videos to

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