ESR 6: Pore pressure development in marine sediments

Davide Mencaroni | CSIC Barcelona


The build-up of continental margins, their sedimentary characteristics and stratigraphic patterns control fluid migration pathways and how, when and where excess pore pressure develops. Such excess pore pressure is one of the key factors governing the onset of slope instability. Yet, the mechanisms by which such excess pore pressures and consequent reduction in shear strength develop remains elusive in many instances. The ESR6 project will focus on understanding how strength, permeability and compressibility develop/evolve with burial depth and identifying the mechanisms of pore pressure development and relationship to the timing and location of slope failures. The candidate will perform mechanical tests to characterize changes in strength, permeability and compressibility with burial history and develop basin numerical models incorporating data from mechanical tests and geophysics to recognize fluid migration pathways and the mechanisms at the origin of pore pressure and slope failure development

Hosting institute
Working Group
PDP Committee members:


Davide Mencaroni
PhD student – ESR 6
Roger Urgeles
Principal Investigator – ESR 6


ESRs’ experiences of the ISC2018
@ Québec, Canada (12-17 August 2018)

Conferences, ESR 10, ESR 4, ESR 6, News | 2018-09-05

Shray (ESR4), Davide (ESR6) and Maarten (ESR10) participated at the International Sedimentological Congress (ISC) 2018, which was held from 13-17 August in Québec, Canada. Organised every four years by the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS), they took the chance to present their projects to a large audience. Read more about their experience…

Impressions from the INSIGHT cruise
@ RV Sarmiento de Gamboa

ESR 12, ESR 2, ESR 6, News | 2018-06-18

To acquire data for their individual ESR projects, William, Jonathan and Davide recently participated in Leg 1 of the INSIGHT cruise in the Gulf of Cádiz. Read more about their experience and tasks during the expedition and the scientific impact for their own research. They imaged and sampled the seafloor and its subsurface to better understand the earthquake and tsunami hazard in the Gulf of Cadiz.

Review of ECORD Training Course 2018
@ MARUM, Bremen, Germany

ESR 11, ESR 2, ESR 3, ESR 4, ESR 6, ESR 7, ESR 9, News | 2018-06-18

From 23rd to 27th April, a group of seven SLATE ESRs participated in the ECORD Training Course 2018, which took place at MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen. This one-week course provided a “Virtual Ship Experience” and prepared the young researchers for sailing in an offshore drillship expedition.