The Turbidites Research Group

A photograph of the Peira cava dune.

The Turbidites Research Group (TRG) is a recognized leader in the study and analysis of deep marine clastic sedimentary systems. Based in Leeds University, UK, the group is supported by UK research councils, by other UK governmental funds and by the oil industry worldwide.

The aim of the TRG is to study the flow dynamics and deposits of turbidity currents and related flow types via outcrop studies, flume experiments, seismic studies and theoretical approaches. Improved understanding of the processes involved in deposition leads to a better capacity to predict sand distributions, and characterise reservoir properties.

The industry-funded component of the TRG's work is organised in 3-year phases. The 2014-16 phase was supported by Anadarko, BG, BP, ConocoPhillips, Dana, ENI, Nexen, OMV, Petronas, Shell, Statoil, Tullow, Woodside. The current 2017-19 phase is supported by AkerBP, BP, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, ENI, Hess, Murphy, OMV and Shell.

The TRG is part of Petroleum Leeds, the Centre for integrated Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience, a collaboration between the School of Earth and Environment and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. The Fluvial Research Group (FRG) runs in parallel with the TRG.

For further information on the TRG contact: Professor Bill McCaffrey at

The Turbidites Research Group comprises Leeds-based workers, externally-based Associates, students and other collaborators. We also enjoy links with other groups from across the world.

Staff from the University of Leeds

Prof Bill McCaffrey - Co-Principal Investigator
Dr Adam McArthur - Co-Principal Investigator
Dr Luca Colombera - Research Fellow
Dr Gareth Keevil - Experimental Officer
Dr Marco Patacci - Associate Research Fellow
Dr Roman Soltan - Research Assistant

Staff from the University of Hull

Dr Rob Dorrell - Co-Investigator
Dr Ed Skevington - Research Fellow
Dr Elena Bastianon - Research Fellow

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