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  Information - SSP26 Focused fluid migration at continental margins: initiation, evolution and modelling (co-listed in OS & TS)

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While aqueous and gassy fluid seeps on continental margins were considered local anomalies in the first 20 years following their initial discovery, it is now recognized that fluid migration and expulsion is a widespread phenomenon, including fresh water fuelled systems, pipes and chimneys, pockmarks, polygonal faults, mud volcanoes and hydrocarbon reservoir leakage. However, the timing of fluid expulsion and the processes that trigger it remain unclear. As fluid expulsion has implications for structural geology, natural hazards, climate change and petroleum geology, these systems remain a focus of research.
The session aims at bringing together geophysicists, geochemists, sedimentologists, structural geologists, and petroleum geologists working on all aspects of focused fluid flow systems from small scale to basin scale, and the presented work will include field observations, laboratory tests, and analogue and numerical modelling.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Prof. Achim Kopf, Professor of Marine Geotechnics/Geoengineering, Research Centre Ocean Margins (RCOM), Bremen University, Germany
Dr. Regis Mourgues, Lecturer of geodynamics and modelling at the University of Le Mans, France


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