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


Impressions from the EGU 2019
@ Vienna, Austria (07 – 12 April 2019)

Conferences, ESR 1, ESR 12, ESR 13, ESR 14, ESR 15, ESR 2, ESR 3, ESR 4, ESR 5, ESR 6, ESR 7, ESR 8, ESR 9, News | 2019-07-23

ESRs share their experience at the EGU General Assembly 2019 hosted in Vienna, Austria. Posters, oral presentations, PICOs and much more.

The Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami:
what happened and what we know now

ESR 12, ESR 6, News, Outreach | 2018-11-22

On September 28, a severe earthquake (7.5 Mw) and tsunami hit Sulawesi, Indonesia, claiming more than 2000 lives. Davide (ESR 6) and William (ESR12) give a detailed overview of this series of cascading natural disasters, present a scientific view on the events and discuss the lessons we can learn for early-warning systems.

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…