World Heritage Jurassic coast of Dorset 2017

The Jurassic coast provides spectacular exposures of Triassic-Cretaceous sediments, which include outcropping examples of source rocks and reservoirs of the Wych Farm oilfield, including a number of fossil oil seeps. The course will provide an introduction to the stratigraphy and facies of the siliciclastic and carbonate sediments, and instruction in field logging and sampling techniques appropriate to the various sediment types present.

The course will include lectures on the evolution and development of the Wessex Basin oilfield.



Registration is open for both PhD and Master students.  NFiP will pay the course fee for approved applications. Additional information for booking flight tickets will be provided later.

Go to Registration here.

Dates: Nov. 6th – 10th, 2017
Venue: Dorset, UK
Registration deadline: Oct. 6th 2017

Tentative program

(Final program will be provided by the beginning of October)

Monday Nov. 6th
Meet at Gatwick South Terminal, pick up by minibus, drive to Hampshire to get lunch.
Drive to Sidmouth, Devon, to stay in Riviera Hotel overnight. Evening lecture on overview of regional geology.

Tuesday Nov. 7th
Morning, look at Sherwood Sandstone, fluvial Triassic reservoir, at Budleigh and Sidmouth. Logging exercise.
Afternoon, Blue Lias, early Jurassic marine source rock. Chalk at Beer.
Stay the Riviera Sidmouth. Evening lecture on Wessex Basin petroleum geology.

Wednesday Nov. 8th
Check out. Drive to West Bay, via Charmouth. See Bridport Sand, marine Jurassic sand, for logging exercise.
Oil seeps, fossil reservoir, Osmington.
Lulworth Cove – structural inversion of basin.
Stay Sandbanks Hotel, Poole.

Thursday Nov. 9th
Kimmeridge oilfield and Kimmeridge Clay at Kimmeridge.
Cretaceous Chalks and greensands, Swanage.
Stay Sandbanks Hotel, Poole.

Friday Nov. 10th
Check out of hotel, drive to Gatwick via Stonehenge for cultural stop.