The project addresses key geosciences issues of the local petroleum industry as defined in the current research challenges of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). It includes three tasks that contribute to the overarching, general topic of reservoir characterization, a key topic of regional hydrocarbon exploration and production. Specifically, the project addresses the critical assessment of the regional stratigraphy, and the origin and evolution of microporosity in carbonate reservoirs. Geological units will be studied that are critical for regional basin analysis and sequence stratigraphic interpretations. The project will also contribute to Earth systems science, as paleo-environmental change during episodes of significant climate warming will have impacted early diagenetic modifications of porosity and permeability.