International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP)

Comité international de pétrographie des charbons
Internationale Kommission für Kohlenpetrologie
Mezdunarodnyj Komitet po Petrologii Uglja

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June 1953, Geleen (Netherlands), at 1st meeting, following recommendations of 3rd Conference on Carboniferous Stratigraphy, 1951, Heerlen (Netherlands). Statutes adopted 1978; revised 1991 and 1999. Statutes written in accordance with UK law.


Ensure continuing international exchange of scientific information directly or indirectly related to organic petrology; develop international nomenclature on coal petrology and organic matter in sediments; develop and publish definitive descriptions and refine and standardize analytical methods in these fields; develop new applications in geology and industry.

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cover: definition of constituents of lignite (brown coal), of bituminous coal and of dispersed organic matter; development of internationally standardized analytical methods using reflected light and fluorescence microscopy; SCAP - vitrinite reflectance measurement and maceral analysis of single coals; DOMVR - dispersed organic matter vitrinite reflectance measurement; CBAP - petrographic analysis of coal blends. Accreditation programme for organic petrography analysts (reflectivity and maceral analysis). Awards: Thiessen Medal; Organic Petrology Award. Offers training courses on Organic Petrology.


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