Dr Rachel Brackenridge
The dominant research theme to my work is 'Deepwater Sedimentary Systems: Resources, Hazards and Climate’. This has been focused on the interaction of ocean currents with the sea floor and the resulting deposits, named contourites. My PhD research focused on characterising sand-rich contourite depositional systems, and their importance as potential hydrocarbon reservoirs. My research is now focused on the how the distribution of these deposits are controlled by global climate and how bottom currents interact with the continental margins with respect to margin architecture and geohazards.
The application of geoscience is central to my research. Gaining a number of years of experience in the petroleum industry has given me a good multidisciplinary understanding of the evolution of extensional settings through to passive margins. Frontier basins and plays have been the main focus of past work. Following my postdoctoral research on the UK Central North Sea, energy stability and energy equality has become an important driver to my work.
Deepwater Sedimentary Systems: Sedimentology; Contourites; Mixed systems; Strat. Traps; Ocean Currents; Climate; Geohazards; Tsunamigenic Submarine Landslides; Passive Margins; Sequence Stratigraphy; Source-to-Sink; Sediment Transport; Machine Learning.
Petroleum Geology & GeoEnergy: Petroleum Exploration; Regional Geology; Frontier Basins; Frontier Plays; Play Mapping; Deep Water Plays; Geohazards; Big Data; Risking.
Programme Director, MSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience.
Course Coordinator, GL5011 ‘Geophysics & Petrophysics’ (Level 5).
Course Coordinator GL5301 'Borehole Geophysics and 4D Reservoir Modeling' (Level 5)
Course coordinator GL5907 'Projects in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience' (Level 5)
GG1010: Creating the Anthropocene: 'The Growth of Energy’
GG1512: The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 'Clean and Affordable Energy'
GP3501: Interpretation of Seismic Reflection Data. 'Seismic Stratigraphy', 'Seismic Mapping', and 'Seismic Facies'
GL4034: Applied Geological Synthesis
GL5011: Geophysics & Petrophysics. 'Exploration Geophysics Fundamentals'
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Virtual field trips utilizing virtual outcrop: construction, delivery and implications for the futureGeoscience Communication, vol. 5, pp. 227-249Contributions to Journals: Articles
Improving Subsurface Characterisation with ‘Big Data’ Mining and Machine LearningEnergies, vol. 15, no. 3, 1070Contributions to Journals: Articles
RE-EVALUATION OF THE FORTH APPROACHES BASIN: THE DEBATABLE HYDROCARBON PROSPECTIVITY AND THE STORAGE POTENTIALChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Contourite porosity, grain size and reservoir characteristicsMarine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 117, 104392Contributions to Journals: Articles
Contourites along the Iberian continental margins: conceptual and economic implicationsGeological Society Special Publications , vol. 476, pp. 403-436Contributions to Journals: Articles
Indonesian Throughflow as a preconditioning mechanism for submarine landslides in the Makassar StraitGeological Society Special Publications , vol. 500, pp. 195-217Contributions to Journals: Articles
Structural and Stratigraphic Evolution of the Mid North Sea High Region of the UK Continental ShelfPetroleum Geoscience, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 154-173Contributions to Journals: Articles
Textural characteristics and facies of sand-rich contourite depositional systemsSedimentology, vol. 65, no. 7, pp. 2223-2252Contributions to Journals: Articles
Controls on Lower Carboniferous (Dinantian) Prospectivity in the Mid North Sea High RegionAAPG Search and Discovery , 11050Contributions to Journals: Articles
Defining Prospective Play Fairways over the Southern Flank of the UK Mid North Sea HighAAPG Search and Discovery , 11052Contributions to Journals: Articles