Dr. L. Caracciolo
Dr. Luca Caracciolo
Lehrstuhl für Geologie
phone: +49 (0)9131 85 29240
My research is focused on the application of a wide spectrum of Provenance analysis techniques applied to basin analysis, particularly on the relationships between tectonics and sedimentation. Most relevant analytical approaches and research interests are Quantitative sedimentary provenance analysis; Sedimentary petrology and heavy minerals, detrital geochemistry, sedimentary processes (weathering/recycling, sorting and volcaniclastic sedimentation) diagenesis (cementation chronology, pore-water interaction, thermal history), Low-temperature thermochronology (Fission tracks and U-Th/He dating). I’m keen on using and integrating state of the art techniques – e.g. Raman and QemScan – and model compositional data to link sediment mineralogy to sedimentary processes.
The most exciting and challenging aspect of my research is to use provenance and sediment composition in different fields, especially those related to the O&G and geothermal industry for enhanced interpretation of facies heterogeneity, reservoir connectivity, diagenetic environments and their influence on fluid migration. Combining both academic and industry experience, I had the chance to work and publish in areas dislocated in all continents including Europe, North and South America, Africa, SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I’m actively involved in industry projects and training of professionals from the O&G industry.
Sedimentary facies analysis of the Mesozoic clastic rocks in southern Peru (Tacna, 18°S): Towards a paleoenvironmental Re-definition and stratigraphic Re-organization
In: Journal of South American Earth Sciences (2018)
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Disequilibrium compaction overpressure in shales of the Bavarian Foreland Molasse Basin: Results and geographical distribution from velocity-based analyses
In: Marine and Petroleum Geology 92 (2018), S. 37-50
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Fluvial-aeolian sedimentary facies, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
In: Journal of Maps 14 (2018), S. 630–643
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Quantitative analysis of crystal-interface frequencies in granitoids: Implications for modelling of parent-rock texture and its influence on the properties of plutoniclastic sands
In: Sedimentary Geology (2018)
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- Caracciolo L., Meinhold G., Critelli S., von Eynatten H., Manetti P.:
Comment on Maravelis et al. “Accretionary prism–forearc interactions as reflected in the sedimentary fill of southern Thrace Basin (Lemnos Island, NE Greece)”
In: International Journal of Earth Sciences 106 (2017), S. 387-388
Dispersal pathways in the early Messinian Adriatic foreland and provenance of the Laga Formation (Central Apennines, Italy)
In: Sedimentary Geology (2017)
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- Henares S, Caracciolo L, Viseras C, Fernandez J, Yeste LM:
Diagenetic constraints on heterogeneous reservoir quality assessment: A Triassic outcrop analog of meandering fluvial reservoirs
In: Aapg Bulletin 100 (2016), S. 1377-1398
- Caracciolo L, Orlando A, Marchev P, Critelli S, Manetti P, Raycheva R, Riley D:
Provenance of Tertiary volcanoclastic sediment in NW Thrace (Bulgaria): Evidence from detrital amphibole and pyroxene geochemistry
In: Sedimentary Geology 336 (2016), S. 120-137
- Perri F., Caracciolo L., Cavalcante F., Corrado S., Critelli S., Muto F., Dominici R.:
Sedimentary and thermal evolution of the Eocene-Oligocene mudrocks from the southwestern Thrace Basin (NE Greece)
In: Basin Research 28 (2016), S. 319-339
- Caracciolo L., Garzanti E., von Eynatten H., Weltje G.:
Sediment generation and provenance: Processes and pathways
In: Sedimentary Geology 336 (2016), S. 1-2
- von Eynatten H, Tolosana-Delgado R, Karius V, Bachmann K, Caracciolo L:
Sediment generation in humid Mediterranean setting: Grain-size and source-rock control on sediment geochemistry and mineralogy (Sila Massif, Calabria)
In: Sedimentary Geology 336 (2016), S. 68-80
- Caracciolo L., Critelli S., Cavazza W., Meinhold G., von Eynatten H., Manetti P.:
The Rhodope Zone as a primary sediment source of the southern Thrace basin (NE Greece and NW Turkey): evidence from detrital heavy minerals and implications for central-eastern Mediterranean palaeogeography
In: International Journal of Earth Sciences 104 (2015), S. 815-832
- Ingersoll RV, Pratt MJ, Davis PM, Caracciolo L, Day PP, Hayne PO, Petrizzo DA, Gingrich DA, Cavazza W, Critelli S, Diamond DS, Coffey KT, Stang DM, Hoyt JF, Reith RC, Hendrix ED:
Paleotectonics of a complex Miocene half graben formed above a detachment fault: The Diligencia basin, Orocopia Mountains, southern California
In: Lithosphere 6 (2014), S. 157-176
- Henares S., Caracciolo L., Cultrone G., Fernández J., Viseras C.:
The role of diagenesis and depositional facies on pore system evolution in a Triassic outcrop analogue (SE Spain)
In: Marine and Petroleum Geology 51 (2014), S. 136-151
- Caracciolo L., Gramigna P., Critelli S., Calzona A., Russo F.:
Petrostratigraphic analysis of a Late Miocene mixed siliciclastic-carbonate depositional system (Calabria, Southern Italy): Implications for Mediterranean paleogeography
In: Sedimentary Geology (2013), S. 117-132
- Cavazza W, Caracciolo L, Critelli S, d'Atri A, Zuffa GG:
Petrostratigraphic evolution of the Thrace Basin (Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey) within the context of Eocene-Oligocene post-collisional evolution of the Vardar-Izmir-Ankara suture zone
In: Geodinamica Acta 26 (2013), S. 12-26
- Caracciolo L, Critelli S, Innocenti F, Kolios N, Manetti P:
Reply to the Discussion by Maravelis and Zelilidis on "Unravelling provenance from Eocene-Oligocene sandstones of the Thrace Basin, North-east Greece" by Caracciolo etal. (2011), Sedimentology, 58, 1988-2011.
In: Sedimentology 60 (2013), S. 865-869
- Ietto F., Le Pera E., Caracciolo L.:
Geomorphology and sand provenance of the Tyrrhenian coast between Capo Suvero and Gizzeria (Calabria, southern Italy)
In: Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana 21 (2012), S. 487-488
- Caracciolo L., Tolosana-Delgado R., Le Pera E., von Eynatten H., Arribas J., Tarquini S.:
Influence of granitoid textural parameters on sediment composition: Implications for sediment generation
In: Sedimentary Geology 280 (2012), S. 93-107
- Caracciolo L, von Eynatten H, Tolosana-Delgado R, Critelli S, Manetti P, Marchev P:
PETROLOGICAL, GEOCHEMICAL, AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF EOCENE-OLIGOCENE SANDSTONES OF THE WESTERN THRACE BASIN, GREECE AND BULGARIA
In: Journal of Sedimentary Research 82 (2012), S. 482-498
- Tangari A., Andò S., Caracciolo L., Garzanti E., Le Pera E., Scarciglia F.:
Weathering of crystalline bedrock in Sila Massif and Catena Costiera (Calabria, southern Italy)
In: Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana 21 (2012), S. 1218-1220
- Caracciolo L, Le Pera E, Muto F, Perri F:
Sandstone petrology and mudstone geochemistry of the Peruc-Korycany Formation (Bohemian Cretaceous Basin, Czech Republic)
In: International Geology Review 53 (2011), S. 1003-1031
- Caracciolo L, Critelli S, Innocenti F, Kolios N, Manetti P:
Unravelling provenance from Eocene-Oligocene sandstones of the Thrace Basin, North-east Greece
In: Sedimentology 58 (2011), S. 1988-2011
Research topics fitting to both BSc and MSc thesis projects are always available and are largely focused on Sediment Provenance, Basin Analysis, Diagenesis and Reservoir Modelling.
Analytical tools include sedimentary petrography (thin section analysis and heavy minerals), detrital geochemistry (whole-rock and single-grain analysis) and mineralogy (XRD and Qemscan), geochronology (U-Pb dating) and compositional data analysis. Petrophysics (porosity, permeability, anisotropy and thermoconductivity), cathodoluminescence, micro-CT and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and isotopic analyses are routinely applied for diagenetic studies. PETREL and similar software are also available for sedimentological, diagenetic and reservoir modelling.
Please contact me at: luca.caracciolo(at)fau(dot)de
1. Permo-Triassic of South-East Germany (Bavaria) – up to 5 BSc and MSc thesis
We’re conducting research on both sediment provenance and diagenesis aiming at establishing the relationship between sediment supply, sedimentary environments and their influence on diagenetic processes and petrophysical properties. Permo-Triassic successions are studied from both outcrop and boreholes which will ultimately provide the opportunity to correlate correspondent formations at a regional scale. The analytical workflow includes core-logs analysis, petrophysics, diagenesis, sediment provenance and sedimentological/reservoir modelling.
2. Namibia (Southern Africa) – 3 thesis
On-going research in Namibia is focused on modern and ancient aeolian vs fluvial processes aiming at achieving a better understanding of dominant sedimentary dynamics in the Namib Desert over the last 15 Ma. Analytical workflow comprises bulk petrography and heavy mineral analysis, detrital geochemistry and possibly geochronology for the study of three formations, namely the Oswater, Karpfen Kliff and Langen Heinrich post-Miocene successions.
3. Betic Cordillera (South-western Spain) – 1 thesis
A provenance-basin analysis project based on bulk petrography and heavy mineral analysis to reconstruct drainage modifications in response to major tectonic events during the Serravalian-Tortonian building phase of the Betic Cordillera.
UK we’re coming!
Next 7th and 8th of November, Dr. Luca Caracciolo and BSc. Diana Hatzenbühler will be presenting the results of the last 2 years of research in Namibia of the Applied Sedimentology group at the conference „Windy Day“ that will be held at University College London (7th of November, https://www.windyday2018.com). Diana Hatzenbühler will be presenting on “ Unusual Sediment Routing System and aeolian-fluvial interaction: an example from the Namib desert (Namibia)“. The 8th of November we’ll be visiting Neftex (https://www.landmark.solutions/NeftexInsights) to present and discuss on the application of Provenance studies to global geological models applied to hydrocarbon exploration
Exploring opportunities for development of Geothermal projects in South America
In March 2018, together with Dr. W. Bauer, we’ve been travelling to Peru and Colombia to meet a number of government institutions and universities to explore new opportunities for the Applied Sedimentology Group to develop geothermal projects.
We achieved remarkable results and established a strong connection with the Peruvian Geological Survey (INGEMMET) and the national funding agency (CONCYTEC) aiming at developing shallow- and deep-geothermal projects in Southern Peru, possibly since 2019.
The trip to Colombia was as much success. We’ve been invited to Barranquilla’s Universidad del Norte, in the framework of the academic international event „Catedra Europa“, to present on the „Analysis and modelling of sedimentary rocks and application to the exploration of geo-resources in Colombia“. We have also met and strengthened our relationships with geo-scientists from UniNorte, Universidad del Atlantico and Universidad de la Costa, with whom will be developing shallow-geothermal projects to be integrated into the energy plan of the city of Barranquilla (Energy Capital of Colombia). The second part of the trip was in Bogota and offered the opportunity to discover a number of project opportunities including exploration for deep-geothermal resources with the Universidad Nacionál de Colombia (UNAL) and Universidad de los Andes. Besides projects, we’re working on building up strong relationships with the Colombian Geothermal Association (AGEOCOL) to establish a training program for geoscientists and engineers interested in geothermal.