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Dr. Luca Caracciolo

Dr. Luca Caracciolo
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Lehrstuhl für Geologie
GeoZentrum Nordbayern
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg
Schlossgarten 5
D-91054 Erlangen
Tel: +49 (0)9131 85 29240
Email: luca.caracciolo(at)fau(dot)de
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Research Topics

My research is focused on the application of a wide spectrum of Provenance analysis techniques applied to basin analysis, particularly on the relationships between tectonic and sedimentation. Most relevant analytical approaches and research interests are Quantitative sedimentary provenance analysis; Sedimentary petrology and heavy minerals, detrital geochemistry, sedimentary processes (weathering / recycling, sorting and volcaniclastic sedimentation) diagenesis (cementation chronology, pore-water interaction, thermal history), Low temperature thermochronology (Fission tracks and U/Th/He dating). I’m keen at using and integrating state of the art techniques – e.g. Raman and QemScan –  and model compositional data to link  sediment mineralogy to sedimentary processes.

The most exciting and challenging aspect of my researach is to use provenance and sediment composition in different fields, especially those related to the O&G and geothermal industry for enhanced interpretation of facies hetherogeneity, reservoir connectivity, diagenetic environments and their influence on fluid migration . Combining both academic and industry experience, I had the chance to work and publish in areas distributed in all continents including Europe, North and South America, Africa, SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I’m actively involved in industry projects and training of professionals from the O&G industry.

 

Projects

  • Masterstudiengang "GeoThermie/GeoEnergie"
    (Third Party Funds Group – Sub project)
    Overall project: Geothermie-Allianz Bayern (GAB)
    Term: 1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2020
    Funding source: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst (ab 10/2013)
    In Bayern gibt es bisher keinen Studiengang, der auf Geothermie/Geoenergieressourcen fokussiert ist und relevante Lehrinhalte ganzheitlich - von der Aufsuchung und Erschließung bis zur energetischen Nutzung und Speicherung der Ressource - an Studierende vermittelt. Die an den beiden Standorten TU München und FAU Erlangen vorhandenen Lehr- und Forschungskompetenzen sollen durch die Einrichtung eines in der Verantwortung der FAU liegenden interdisziplinären Master-Studiengangs "GeoThermie/GeoEnergie" zusammengeführt und und inhaltlich ergänzt werden. Dies erfordert einen personellen Ausbau der Fachrichtungen I) Seismische Interpretation & Untergrund-Modellierung und II) Reservoirgeologie & Geohydraulik.
    Für den Master-Studiengang "GeoThermie/GeoEnergie" wird ein interdisziplinärer Ansatz angestrebt:
    Neben der geowissenschaftlichen Komponente soll auch die technische Erschließung
    und energietechnische Nutzung von geothermischen Reservoiren, ergänzt durch energiewirtschaftliche
    und berg-/umweltrechtliche Aspekte behandelt werden. Somit kann den Studierenden
    sowohl das angestrebte ganzheitliche Systemverständnis als auch das einem modernen
    Anforderungsprofil der Energiewirtschaft entsprechende Methodenspektrum vermittelt werden.
    Die den Studierenden vermittelten Methoden sind jedoch keinesfalls nur auf Anwendungen in
    der Geothermie beschränkt, sondern auch auf sehr viele andere, das Verständnis des tieferen
    geologischen Untergrunds betreffende Fragestellungen (z.B. Gas-, Fluid- und
    Wärmespeicherung) direkt übertragbar.
  • Late Cretaceous to Recent post-breakup evolution of the African S-Atlantic margin: integrating onshore field studies; sequence development, offshore seismic data, numerical dating and modelling
    (Third Party Funds Group – Sub project)
    Overall project: SPP 1375: SAMPLE: South Atlantic Margin Processes and Links with onshore Evolution
    Term: 1 Nov 2008 - 30 Sep 2013
    Funding source: DFG / Schwerpunktprogramm (SPP)
    Multiple phases of volcanism, uplift and subsidence are recorded after the breakup of the Namibian South Atlantic margin segment – features which are regarded as atypical when compared to published examples of other post-breakup continental margin successions. It is currently not understood whether these geodynamic processes are only of regional or a broader, South Atlantic intercontinental importance. Existing low T thermochronometric analyses, cosmogenic isotope measurements on bedrock surfaces and tectonic and stratigraphic analysis of the post-breakup succession could be advantageously completed and calibrated by (A) the interpretation of offshore industrial seismic and well log data (uppermost 2s TWT) and (B) the analysis of onshore sedimentary archives such as post-breakup fluvial depositional sequences, marine terraces, aeolianites, palaeo-seacliffs, incised valleys and syntectonic strata in the hanging-walls of normal faults. Both, onshore and offshore strata provide a high-resolution archive of processes accompanying the breakup and post-breakup evolution of the South Atlantic margin. Many of the coastal marine terraces contain dateable material suitable for biostratigraphic analysis combined with ESR and OSL dating. Offshore seismic structural and stratigraphic analysis and well data will be integrated with a detailed 3D stratigraphic and structural analysis as well as dynamic retro- and forward modelling which forms the basis for a combined 3D onshore-offshore surface-subsurface model.

 

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