Pleistocene to Holocene sediment dynamics of the Al Wajh Bank slope (Red Sea)


Project Description

The objective of this project is to describe and analyse three soft sediment cores from the Al Wajh Bank slope (Red Sea). Based on core description, dated ages and grain size analysis, the candidate will establish a depositional model. To achieve this goal soft sediment cores and a bathymetry data have to be analysed.
Program - Earth Science and Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Field of Study - ​Geology – Marine Geosciences, Carbonate Sedimentology

About the

Volker C. Vahrenkamp

Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Volker C. Vahrenkamp
​Professor Vahrenkamp's research aims at securing future energy supply with three main thrusts:
  1. Refine the understanding of modern and ancient carbonate depositional environments and associated diagenesis for improved perception of reservoir heterogeneities on multiple scales,
  2. Advance the quantification of the complex pore networks of Arabian carbonate reservoirs and its impact on reservoir performance,
  3. Explore and develop geothermal energy in Arabian countries with special focus on desalination and cooling applications and suitable drilling techniques.

Desired Project Deliverables

​(1)The findings will improve the fundamental understanding of land-attached carbonate platform sediment export dynamics and (2) the impact of sea-level variations in the Red Sea Rift basin setting.​