Gefaltetete Wechselfolge der Junghansen-Schichten (Paläozän-Eozän) am Prallhang der Bolgenach, Feuerstätter Decke, Allgäuer Alpen (Foto: U. Heimhofer)

Section Sedimentology / SEPM-CES

The Section SEDIMENTOLOGY represents the interests of sedimentologists at German-speaking universities, external research institutions, public authorities and within industry. The section is meant as a platform fostering the exchange and network-building between academia and industry partners and provides a forum for discussion and communication for all aspects within sedimentary geology.

Objectives of the Section SEDIMENTOLOGY are:

  • Organization of conferences, sessions, workshops and informal meetings
  • Support and encouragement for early-career scientists
  • Initiation of joint research projects
  • International exchange and contact with SEPM
  • Contact and networking with industry partners
  • Public outreach

Foundation and Links
The Section SEDIMENTOLOGY is embedded into the DGGV and supports similar goals. The section was founded in 2009 as an independent subdivision within the Geologische Vereinigung (GV) with its roots going back to its formation as Central European Section (CES) of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM). Close contacts with the SEPM exist and provide the link to the international community. In December 2015, a first meeting of the initiative group was held in Hannover. Members of the board are Robert Bussert (TU Berlin), Ulrich Heimhofer (Sprecher der FS; Uni Hannover), Stefan Huck (Uni Hannover), Guido Meinhold (Uni Göttingen), Michaela Spiske (Uni Trier). A summary of the meeting can be found under this link. Members of the DGGV can become members of the section SEDIMENTOLOGY without any further charges. Please contact in order to get information on conferences, workshop reports and other sedimentology-related topics.

The field of Sedimentology
Sedimentology and sedimentary geology are dealing with the composition and distribution of unconsolidated sediments and sedimentary rocks. Sedimentologists investigate the natural erosion and transport processes as well as the subsequent deposition and lithification of sediments. Sedimentary rocks have archived the four billion years lasting history of the Earth and provide key information in order to decipher the evolution of oceans and continents, the biosphere and the climate of the planet. Furthermore, sediments and sedimentary rocks represent important reservoirs for hydrocarbons and groundwater, are raw materials for the building and chemical industry and host important ore deposits. Hence, the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks and their depositional environments – the sedimentary basins – are of key interest in the exploitation and utilization of natural resources.

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