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Division on Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

President: Helmut Weissert,
Deputy President: Ian Jarvis,

The Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology Division (SSP) focuses its activities on all aspects of the sedimentary record. About 70 % of the Earth surface is covered by sedimentary deposits, which are eroded and deposited right at the contact between the solid lithosphere and the atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. Sedimentary rocks record the history of our planet since almost 4 billion of years and play a pivotal role for our understanding of the evolution of life. This deep-time archive of Earth history is studied with a wide range of analytical techniques providing ever stunning details on the evolution of our planet. Sedimentary basins host important natural resources like coal, gas, oil, ore deposits and groundwater and therefore a better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes controlling the formation and distribution of sediments and sedimentary rocks is of utmost importance for our society.


SSP Division Meeting 2015 & Lamarck Medal Lecture

The slides from the 2015 SSP division meeting can be found in the reports section of this page. The lecture "Scale-invariance of sediment patterns - the fingerprint of fundamental drivers" given by the Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal awardee Wolfgang Schlager (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands) is available as PDF file (2.2 MB).

2015 Outstanding Young Scientist (YS) Award to Patrick Grunert

IMG_8655.JPG At the SSP division meeting Outgoing SSP President Patric Jacobs (left) and Incoming SSP President Helmut Weissert (right) have handed over the Certificate of 2015 Outstanding Young Scientist (YS) Award to Patrick Grunert (Graz University, Austria) for his contributions to understanding palaeobiologic, stratigraphic, geochemical and palaeoceanographic aspects of the Early Miocene. Patrick is the first YS awardee of the SSP division. Congratulations!

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Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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A new study published this month in The Cryosphere shows that all polar bear populations, found in 19 distinct Arctic regions, face a shorter sea ice season, with ice-covered days declining at the rate of 7 to 19 days per decade between 1979 and 2014. Other researchers, publishing in Earth Surface Dynamics, have investigated how the oxidation of sulfides in recent landslides drives intense weathering and how this process could be an important CO2 source. Meanwhile, a study in Biogeosciences reports observations to detect ocean carbonate chemistry outside preindustrial bounds to better understand ocean acidification impacts. Find out more about these and other studies published in EGU journals in the past month by following the links below.

In other EGU news, check our website and social media channels in the coming weeks, as we will start the call for abstracts to the EGU 2017 General Assembly in October. In addition, we are celebrating Earth Science Week (October 9–15) with a number of live question & answer sessions on Twitter and other activities. Stay tuned!

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