About this Research Topic
Over the last decades, the study of sedimentary organic matter has mostly been linked to the study of coal and petroleum source rocks to enhance the economic use of these carbonaceous materials, namely for the production of electricity, industry and exploration/exploitation of fossil fuels. With the change in the environmental paradigm worldwide and the new decarbonization targets, specialists have focused on the environmental applications of the study of organic matter.
Nowadays, these studies can cover a very wide range of topics, from paleoclimate to paleoenvironments, passing through the estimation of wildfire temperatures, atmospheric oxygen pressure or the characterization of microbial mats associated with carbonated sedimentation, among others. These studies are fundamental to expand the knowledge about the Earth’s past and can provide clues to fight climate change. Thus, the organic matter characterization, based on the integration of microscopic, geochemical and biogeochemical data, is of great importance in Earth Sciences, allowing to understand the interaction between the biosphere, geosphere and atmosphere, and contribute to the improvement of the knowledge in several areas such as geology, biology, and environmental sciences, among others, presenting a multidisciplinary character.
This Research Topic series aims to collect novel studies based on petrographic, geochemical, and biogeochemical aspects of organic matter (fossil and recent) that will bring new advances to the environmental field, being able to contribute to the advancement of knowledge regarding past fluctuations in the interaction of the Earth’s systems and provide valuable analogue information for the current and future climatic changes. Contributions as applied research, case studies, or reviewing the state-of-the-art and emerging techniques applied to the study of organic matter are welcomed.
Topics of interest welcome to this volume of the Sedimentary Organic Matter in the Earth System Research Topic should focus on the characterization of sedimentary organic matter and include, but are not limited to:
• Depositional Systems;
• Sedimentary basin evolution;
• Diagenetic processes;
• Marine Sediments;
• Coastal environments.
Keywords: organic matter, paleoenvironment, climate change, organic petrology, organic geochemistry, biogeochemistry
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