Today Earth’s surface is host to complex interactions between humans and their physical, chemical and biological environments, including sediments. These sediments have been produced, transported and deposited on the Earth’s surface over a period of at least 4 billion years. Sediments contain geological resources (water resources, energy, aggregates, metals) or may be used for the storage of various wastes (CO2, nuclear, chemical) and are therefore of primary importance for the future harmonious development of humankind.
The objective of the S2S-FUTURE ITN is to better predict the location and structure of the sediments, as well as their mineralogical/physical properties. This will be achieved by a full integration over a broad range of temporal scales of the sedimentary system, i.e. from the upstream source of sediment to their downstream sink, known as the source-to-sink system (S2S), to meet the Planet’s needs in times of important and rapid global climate and societal changes.