GEOSCIENCE RESEARCH

    Geoscience research at MCAST comprises two research programmes led by Dr Peter Gatt (Principal Investigator). The research is focussed on natural resources and their use as geomaterials and energy sources.

     

    1. Geomaterials Research Group: About

    About

    Programme leader: Dr Peter Gatt

    A geomaterial is any material of geological origin used in construction (limestone, etc..). The quality and performance of geomaterials has a direct impact on the quality, structural integrity, durability and permanence of a construction, e.g., building, road, structure. The Geomaterials Research Group was set up to provide local and regional solutions to problems associated with geomaterial quality and uses. Geomaterials research is focussed on local limestone which forms the bulk of local geomaterials.

    The Geomaterials Research Group is looking to collaborate with highly motivated researchers on specific projects. The project has attracted interest by Charles University in Prague.

    Geomaterials research Group on Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/project/GeoMat-Geomaterials-Research-Group

    Publications – Geomaterials research Group

    2018  GATT, P.  “The Cenozoic Carbonates of the Maltese Islands – Analogues of   Hydrocarbon Carbonate Reservoirs” (field guide, pp. 34). Malta Carbonates Workshop. Sponsors: Lundin Petroleum.

    2017     KLAR, A., DEERBERG,  J.,  SCHICKS, J., MINSHULL, T., RIEDEL, M.,  FIETZEK, P., MOSCH, T., TINIVELLA, U.,  LA FUENTE RUIZ, M.,  GATT, P.,  SCHWALENBERG, K.,  DE HEESCHEN, K., BIALAS, J., PINKERT, S., MINH TANG, A., KVAMME, B., SPANGENBERG, E., ENGLISH, N., BERTRAND, C., PARLAKTUNA, M., KUMAR, S., WALLMANN, K. Gas hydrate technology: state of the art and future possibilities for Europe. COST Report

    2016    GATT, P.A. Map of the Maltese Islands (with geological cross section and geological overview).  Scale 1:30,000, Berndt & Freytag Publishers, Vienna. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11118.20804

    2014    GATT, P. "Field Guide to the Cenozoic Platform Carbonates and Salt Tectonics of the Maltese Islands." EAGE Shallow Anomalies Workshop. Sponsors: Statoil, Shell

    2012   GATT, P.A. & GLUYAS, J.G. Climatic controls on facies in Palaeogene Mediterranean subtropical carbonate platforms. Petroleum Geoscience, 18, 355-367.

     

    Conference papers:

    2019     GATT, P. & ABELA, M.M. Controls of limestone texture on concrete performance. International Sustainable Built Environment conference: Sustainability and resilience.

    2018    GATT, P. Sediment provenance and the impacts of climate change on coastal systems of the Maltese Islands. In: The Impacts of Coastal Erosion on Well-being in Mediterranean Countries conference abstracts, Ministry for Infrastructure, Malta.

     

    2014  GATT, P.  Fluid migration conduits systems in carbonate platforms (Meso-Cenozoic Malta Platform). Conference: Shallow Anomalies Workshop, Indications of prospective petroleum systems? European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Malta.

     Research

    Current projects

    GeoAggregate

    Researchers: Dr Peter Gatt, Mark Abela

    The project aims is to assess aggregate quality and the variability of limestone in aggregate quarries. Systematic sampling and testing of limestone aggregate from different quarries was carried out to characterise: (1) limestone facies and their microstructure, (2) aggregate mechanical properties, (3) aggregate performance when used in concrete.

     

    GeoMapMalta

    Coordinators: Dr Peter Gatt & Peter Rosenkranz

    A new map of the Maltese Islands scale 1:30,000 which includes inset from the geomaterials Research group was published in 2016. The project intends to upgrade of Malta’s stratigraphy following the discovery of 50 metres of rock that was unrecorded and misplaced within the stratigraphy of the Maltese Islands.

    Associates: Berndt & Freytag Publishers (Vienna).

    MEGALITH

    The project has two areas of research which are of international importance in view of the world heritage status of the Malta’s prehistoric temples: (1) The use of petrography to pinpoint the approximate to exact source of stone (ancient quarry) used to extract the megaliths of the temples; (2) To assess the damage caused by extensive tensile/compressive cracks found in the megaliths. The project is still in its design stage.

     

    Coastal Sediments Research

    Coordinator: Dr Peter Gatt

    Dr Peter Gatt gave a presentation on Sediment provenance and the impact of climate change on the coastal systems of the Maltese Islands in the Mediterranean Coastal Erosion Conference, 5th November 2018. The conference was organised by the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure of Malta with the participation of experts from Malta, Italy, Cyprus and Tunisia.

    Participation in committees:

    2019 Member of Geoparks scientific committee

    2018-2019 Member of International Scientific committee: SBE international conference

    2018 Convenor and lead of organising committee, Malta Carbonates Workshop

    2014  Member EAGE organising committee for Shallow Anomalies Workshop.

    1.  Hydrocarbon Exploration Research Programme (HERU)

     

    Programme leader: Dr Peter Gatt

     

    Hydrocarbons include petroleum and gas which are the main source of imported energy in Malta. Despite their vital importance to the national economy, this country still lacks a hydrocarbon research commitment. A particular niche for research is carbonate platforms (Malta is a carbonate platform) and their particular hydrocarbon environments.

    Projects within HERU:

     MIGRATE: Dr Gatt is Member of COST action MIGRATE on gas hydrates in Europe. MIGRATE investigates current technologies related to gas hydrate exploration, production and monitoring, with an emphasis on European activity. This requires covering various activities within different disciplines, all of which contribute to the technology development needed for future cost-effective gas production.

    GEOfieldMalta

    Coordinator: Dr Peter Gatt

    Due to the diversity of carbonates and excellent outcrops, the Maltese Islands can become a world class geological fieldwork location. This programme intends to make the Maltese Islands a hub for geological fieldwork studies on carbonates by attracting overseas academic and mineral company interests. Two field guides have been produced and a Carbonate workshop was convened in April 2018.

    Sponsors: Lundin Petroleum, Statoil (Equinor)

    Geopark

    Partners: MCAST, University of Malta, University of Modena, Ambjent Malta

    The scope of the project is the identification of geological sites in the Maltese Islands for UNESCO geopark status. Meetings are ongoing with partners on the delimitation of a national geopark.

     

     

    GEOSCIENCE RESEARCH

    Geoscience research at MCAST comprises two research programmes led by Dr Peter Gatt (Principal Investigator). The research is focussed on natural resources and their use as geomaterials and energy sources.

     1. Geomaterials Research Group: About

    About

    Programme leader: Dr Peter Gatt

    A geomaterial is any material of geological origin used in construction (limestone, etc..). The quality and performance of geomaterials has a direct impact on the quality, structural integrity, durability and permanence of a construction, e.g., building, road, structure. The Geomaterials Research Group was set up to provide local and regional solutions to problems associated with geomaterial quality and uses. Geomaterials research is focussed on local limestone which forms the bulk of local geomaterials.

    The Geomaterials Research Group is looking to collaborate with highly motivated researchers on specific projects. The project has attracted interest by Charles University in Prague.

    Geomaterials research Group on Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/project/GeoMat-Geomaterials-Research-Group

    Publications – Geomaterials research Group

    2018  GATT, P.  “The Cenozoic Carbonates of the Maltese Islands – Analogues of   Hydrocarbon Carbonate Reservoirs” (field guide, pp. 34). Malta Carbonates Workshop. Sponsors: Lundin Petroleum.

    2017     KLAR, A., DEERBERG,  J.,  SCHICKS, J., MINSHULL, T., RIEDEL, M.,  FIETZEK, P., MOSCH, T., TINIVELLA, U.,  LA FUENTE RUIZ, M.,  GATT, P.,  SCHWALENBERG, K.,  DE HEESCHEN, K., BIALAS, J., PINKERT, S., MINH TANG, A., KVAMME, B., SPANGENBERG, E., ENGLISH, N., BERTRAND, C., PARLAKTUNA, M., KUMAR, S., WALLMANN, K. Gas hydrate technology: state of the art and future possibilities for Europe. COST Report

    2016    GATT, P.A. Map of the Maltese Islands (with geological cross section and geological overview).  Scale 1:30,000, Berndt & Freytag Publishers, Vienna. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11118.20804

    2014    GATT, P. "Field Guide to the Cenozoic Platform Carbonates and Salt Tectonics of the Maltese Islands." EAGE Shallow Anomalies Workshop. Sponsors: Statoil, Shell

    2012   GATT, P.A. & GLUYAS, J.G. Climatic controls on facies in Palaeogene Mediterranean subtropical carbonate platforms. Petroleum Geoscience, 18, 355-367.

     

    Conference papers:

    2019     GATT, P. & ABELA, M.M. Controls of limestone texture on concrete performance. International Sustainable Built Environment conference: Sustainability and resilience.

    2018    GATT, P. Sediment provenance and the impacts of climate change on coastal systems of the Maltese Islands. In: The Impacts of Coastal Erosion on Well-being in Mediterranean Countries conference abstracts, Ministry for Infrastructure, Malta.

     

    2014  GATT, P.  Fluid migration conduits systems in carbonate platforms (Meso-Cenozoic Malta Platform). Conference: Shallow Anomalies Workshop, Indications of prospective petroleum systems? European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Malta.

     Research

    Current projects

    GeoAggregate

    Researchers: Dr Peter Gatt, Mark Abela

    The project aims is to assess aggregate quality and the variability of limestone in aggregate quarries. Systematic sampling and testing of limestone aggregate from different quarries was carried out to characterise: (1) limestone facies and their microstructure, (2) aggregate mechanical properties, (3) aggregate performance when used in concrete.

     

    GeoMapMalta

    Coordinators: Dr Peter Gatt & Peter Rosenkranz

    A new map of the Maltese Islands scale 1:30,000 which includes inset from the geomaterials Research group was published in 2016. The project intends to upgrade of Malta’s stratigraphy following the discovery of 50 metres of rock that was unrecorded and misplaced within the stratigraphy of the Maltese Islands.

    Associates: Berndt & Freytag Publishers (Vienna).

    MEGALITH

    The project has two areas of research which are of international importance in view of the world heritage status of the Malta’s prehistoric temples: (1) The use of petrography to pinpoint the approximate to exact source of stone (ancient quarry) used to extract the megaliths of the temples; (2) To assess the damage caused by extensive tensile/compressive cracks found in the megaliths. The project is still in its design stage.

     

    Coastal Sediments Research

    Coordinator: Dr Peter Gatt

    Dr Peter Gatt gave a presentation on Sediment provenance and the impact of climate change on the coastal systems of the Maltese Islands in the Mediterranean Coastal Erosion Conference, 5th November 2018. The conference was organised by the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure of Malta with the participation of experts from Malta, Italy, Cyprus and Tunisia.

    Participation in committees:

    2019 Member of Geoparks scientific committee

    2018-2019 Member of International Scientific committee: SBE international conference

    2018 Convenor and lead of organising committee, Malta Carbonates Workshop

    2014  Member EAGE organising committee for Shallow Anomalies Workshop.

    2. Hydrocarbon Exploration Research Programme (HERU)

     

    Programme leader: Dr Peter Gatt

     

    Hydrocarbons include petroleum and gas which are the main source of imported energy in Malta. Despite their vital importance to the national economy, this country still lacks a hydrocarbon research commitment. A particular niche for research is carbonate platforms (Malta is a carbonate platform) and their particular hydrocarbon environments.

    Projects within HERU:

     MIGRATE: Dr Gatt is Member of COST action MIGRATE on gas hydrates in Europe. MIGRATE investigates current technologies related to gas hydrate exploration, production and monitoring, with an emphasis on European activity. This requires covering various activities within different disciplines, all of which contribute to the technology development needed for future cost-effective gas production.

    GEOfieldMalta

    Coordinator: Dr Peter Gatt

    Due to the diversity of carbonates and excellent outcrops, the Maltese Islands can become a world class geological fieldwork location. This programme intends to make the Maltese Islands a hub for geological fieldwork studies on carbonates by attracting overseas academic and mineral company interests. Two field guides have been produced and a Carbonate workshop was convened in April 2018.

    Sponsors: Lundin Petroleum, Statoil (Equinor)

    Geopark

    Partners: MCAST, University of Malta, University of Modena, Ambjent Malta

    The scope of the project is the identification of geological sites in the Maltese Islands for UNESCO geopark status. Meetings are ongoing with partners on the delimitation of a national geopark.

     

     

    GEOSCIENCE RESEARCH

    Geoscience research at MCAST comprises two research programmes led by Dr Peter Gatt (Principal Investigator). The research is focussed on natural resources and their use as geomaterials and energy sources.

     Geomaterials Research Group: About

    About

    Programme leader: Dr Peter Gatt

    A geomaterial is any material of geological origin used in construction (limestone, etc..). The quality and performance of geomaterials has a direct impact on the quality, structural integrity, durability and permanence of a construction, e.g., building, road, structure. The Geomaterials Research Group was set up to provide local and regional solutions to problems associated with geomaterial quality and uses. Geomaterials research is focussed on local limestone which forms the bulk of local geomaterials.

    The Geomaterials Research Group is looking to collaborate with highly motivated researchers on specific projects. The project has attracted interest by Charles University in Prague.

    Geomaterials research Group on Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/project/GeoMat-Geomaterials-Research-Group

    Publications – Geomaterials research Group

    2018  GATT, P.  “The Cenozoic Carbonates of the Maltese Islands – Analogues of   Hydrocarbon Carbonate Reservoirs” (field guide, pp. 34). Malta Carbonates Workshop. Sponsors: Lundin Petroleum.

    2017     KLAR, A., DEERBERG,  J.,  SCHICKS, J., MINSHULL, T., RIEDEL, M.,  FIETZEK, P., MOSCH, T., TINIVELLA, U.,  LA FUENTE RUIZ, M.,  GATT, P.,  SCHWALENBERG, K.,  DE HEESCHEN, K., BIALAS, J., PINKERT, S., MINH TANG, A., KVAMME, B., SPANGENBERG, E., ENGLISH, N., BERTRAND, C., PARLAKTUNA, M., KUMAR, S., WALLMANN, K. Gas hydrate technology: state of the art and future possibilities for Europe. COST Report

    2016    GATT, P.A. Map of the Maltese Islands (with geological cross section and geological overview).  Scale 1:30,000, Berndt & Freytag Publishers, Vienna. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11118.20804

    2014    GATT, P. "Field Guide to the Cenozoic Platform Carbonates and Salt Tectonics of the Maltese Islands." EAGE Shallow Anomalies Workshop. Sponsors: Statoil, Shell

    2012   GATT, P.A. & GLUYAS, J.G. Climatic controls on facies in Palaeogene Mediterranean subtropical carbonate platforms. Petroleum Geoscience, 18, 355-367.

     

    Conference papers:

    2019     GATT, P. & ABELA, M.M. Controls of limestone texture on concrete performance. International Sustainable Built Environment conference: Sustainability and resilience.

    2018    GATT, P. Sediment provenance and the impacts of climate change on coastal systems of the Maltese Islands. In: The Impacts of Coastal Erosion on Well-being in Mediterranean Countries conference abstracts, Ministry for Infrastructure, Malta.

     

    2014  GATT, P.  Fluid migration conduits systems in carbonate platforms (Meso-Cenozoic Malta Platform). Conference: Shallow Anomalies Workshop, Indications of prospective petroleum systems? European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Malta.

     Research

    Current projects

    GeoAggregate

    Researchers: Dr Peter Gatt, Mark Abela

    The project aims is to assess aggregate quality and the variability of limestone in aggregate quarries. Systematic sampling and testing of limestone aggregate from different quarries was carried out to characterise: (1) limestone facies and their microstructure, (2) aggregate mechanical properties, (3) aggregate performance when used in concrete.

     

    GeoMapMalta

    Coordinators: Dr Peter Gatt & Peter Rosenkranz

    A new map of the Maltese Islands scale 1:30,000 which includes inset from the geomaterials Research group was published in 2016. The project intends to upgrade of Malta’s stratigraphy following the discovery of 50 metres of rock that was unrecorded and misplaced within the stratigraphy of the Maltese Islands.

    Associates: Berndt & Freytag Publishers (Vienna).

    MEGALITH

    The project has two areas of research which are of international importance in view of the world heritage status of the Malta’s prehistoric temples: (1) The use of petrography to pinpoint the approximate to exact source of stone (ancient quarry) used to extract the megaliths of the temples; (2) To assess the damage caused by extensive tensile/compressive cracks found in the megaliths. The project is still in its design stage.

     

    Coastal Sediments Research

    Coordinator: Dr Peter Gatt

    Dr Peter Gatt gave a presentation on Sediment provenance and the impact of climate change on the coastal systems of the Maltese Islands in the Mediterranean Coastal Erosion Conference, 5th November 2018. The conference was organised by the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure of Malta with the participation of experts from Malta, Italy, Cyprus and Tunisia.

    Participation in committees:

    2019 Member of Geoparks scientific committee

    2018-2019 Member of International Scientific committee: SBE international conference

    2018 Convenor and lead of organising committee, Malta Carbonates Workshop

    2014  Member EAGE organising committee for Shallow Anomalies Workshop.

     

    Geomaterials Research Group