The goal of ET MICROBIALITES is to understand the causes and modes of microbialite formation in critical periods of Earth history, typified by changing environments using the example of the Permian-Triassic-Boundary mass extinction event.
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project P24044-N24 on "Cyclostratigraphy and the astronomical time scale for the Tethyan Campanian (Late Cretaceous)" [Short title: Campanian Orbital Cyclostratigraphy - CampOC] by Michael Wagreich started in 2012. The project addresses cyclostratigraphy and a floating astronomical time scale for the Campanian stage, based on cyclic limestone-marl records in the Tethys, primarily in Turkey and Austria.
The International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) of UNESCO and IUGS (International Union of Geosciences) funded the five year project IGCP609 on "Climate-environmental deteriorations during greenhouse phases: Causes and consequences of short-term Cretaceous sea-level changes"
Regional Tectonics, Sedimentation and Chronology of the Molasse Basin in Eastern Austria" (OMV Molasse Project)
This project, funded by OMV E & P, investigates two sandy intervals within the eastern part of the Austrian Molasse Basin in Lower Austria, namely the Eggenburgian and Ottnangian sands. The project aims at provenance analysis, facies evaluation, and the interpretation of sedimentary environments and the geometry of depositional systems for these brackish to deeper water strata. Methods applied include heavy mineral analysis using microprobe, and sediment geochemistry and chemostratigraphy.
Karst Water - tectonics, karst morphology and speleology
This cooperation project with the Vienna Waterworks (MA 31) investigates tectonics, karst and cave morphology on high alpine karst plateaus which form major drinking water resources, especially for Vienna. The aim is to determine the distribution of vulnerability of groundwater to potential contaminations.
Projects in clay mineralogy and applied sedimentology
Current projects: research on diagenesis and clay mineralogy in cooperation with the oil industry; industry sponsored applied projects on the mineralogy and strength of construction materials.
Flysch Vienna Basin - Tectonics, stratigraphy, lithofacies, reservoir properties and clay mineralogy of the Rhenodanubic flysch units in the subcrop of the Vienna Basin
The project Flysch Vienna Basin will establish a stratigraphic, lithofacies and structural database for the Rhenodanubian Flysch units in the pre-Neogene basement of the Vienna Basin using an interdisciplinary approach with stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology, tectonics and sedimentary petrology techniques to achieve its goals.