Palynofacies studies examine the preservation of particulate organic matter and palynomorphs to provide information on the depositional environment of sediments and depositional palaeoenvironments of sedimentary rocks. The term Palynofacies was introduced by the French geologist Combaz in 1964. Palynofacies studies are often linked to investigations of the palynology and organic geochemistry of sedimentary rocks.
Palynofacies can be used in two ways:
Both types of palynofacies studies are used for geological interpretation of sedimentary basins in exploration geology, often in conjunction with palynological analysis and vitrinite reflectance.