EUROSTRATAFORM aims to understand sedimentary systems from source to sink. A key aim is to gain a better understanding of how sediment particles are transported from river mouths, across the shallow shelf and/or through submarine canyons, down to the deep sea. By studying different areas of the NE Atlantic and Mediterranean margins, we can gain an idea of how these sedimentary systems work in different settings.

In order to do this, we must examine how the sedimentary systems vary over time and space: the different pathways that sediment can take across the shelf, the variability in the amount of sediment supplied to the system, the causes of this variability, and how and where sediment accumulates. Understanding how the marine sedimentary record is built up is critical to developing ways in which man can use and develop the submarine environment in a responsible, sustainable fashion.


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