Hey guys, there is nothing on the AAPG website, so here is a collection of subthemes that pertain to turbidites and other siliciclastic environments…
2012 AAPG National Conference and Exhibition
22-25 April, 2012
Long Beach, California
Theme #3: Siliciclastic Reservoirs-Exploration & Characterization
(note that sub-themes will not be advertised on the website due to AAPG’s new model and sessions will be “organically” built by organizing committee based on number and quality of abstracts submitted around a specific topic)
Subthemes (more info below):
1. Distributive Deepwater Systems: The Future of Deepwater Exploration
2. Stratigraphic Architecture of Basin Margins: Linking Shallow through Deep Marine Sedimentary Processes
3. Reducing deep-water stratigraphic uncertainty: Outcrop-, subsurface-, and high-resolution seafloor data-based characterization of California’s turbidites.
4. Innovations in Modeling Approaches for Stratigraphic Characterization and Prediction
5. Importance of Levees and Overbank Deposits in Improving our Understanding of Deep-Water Channel Systems
6. Application of Integrated Sedimentary Systems Analysis to Stratigraphic Prediction
7. Utility of Geo-/Thermochronologic Methods in Basin Analysis
8. These are the subthemes that I know of – if there are others, please let me know in the comments section…
Please submit the abstract to Theme 3, where it will be grouped into the proper sub-theme. Unfortunately, you cannot submit an abstract directly into the sub-theme. Please note that the abstract deadline is TODAY, September 22, 2011 at 2359 US Eastern time. Even though AAPG will likely postpone the deadline like they do every year, we would like you to go ahead and submit an abstract on time.
Subtheme: Distributive Deepwater Systems: The Future of Deepwater Exploration
Chairs: Morgan Sullivan and John Snedden
With the recent enormous discoveries in the Wilcox play in the GOM the importance of distributive deepwater reservoirs has grown significantly as has our understanding of the issues surrounding their delineation, modeling and economic development.
Distributive deepwater commonly display complex morphologies related to variations in gradient, sediment supply (both type and volume) and flow character or rheology. Temporal and spatial changes in these parameters strongly control reservoir connectivity and producibility. All abstracts that cover technical discussions on exploration models, field studies, reservoir classification, stratigraphic interpretation and hierarchy, reservoir heterogeneity, analogs, channel morphology, environment of deposition, geological modeling, reservoir simulation or dynamic fluid movement and/or development planning and execution will be considered.
Subtheme: Stratigraphic Architecture of Basin Margins: Linking Shallow through Deep Marine Sedimentary Processes
Chairs: Zane Jobe and Steve Hubbard
Insights from outcrop studies, modern systems, 3D seismic studies, numerical and experimental modelling, and other formats are all of interest, particularly those that integrate one or more methods.
Subtheme: Reducing deep-water stratigraphic uncertainty: Outcrop-, subsurface-, and high-resolution seafloor data-based characterization of California’s turbidites.
Chairs: Greg Gordon and David Pyles
This session will highlight new and continuing lines of research, and will focus on the scientific and economic importance of California’s numerous ancient and modern turbidite systems. These turbidite systems have been deposited in a variety of different basins and tectonic settings, and can serve as useful analogs for turbidite reservoirs around the world.
Subtheme: Innovations in Modeling Approaches for Stratigraphic Characterization and Prediction
Chairs: Lisa Stright and Zoltan Sylvester
The goal of this session is to review the current research in subsurface and outcrop modeling and its evolution toward building more predictive stratigraphic models. In our session, we would like to investigate:
1) How simple, but relatively fast models (e.g., geometric, cellular automata, event-based, surface-based, etc.) can be used to provide validation of stratigraphic interpretations, understanding of the scale and type of heterogeneity required to accurately predict reservoir performance, and provide insights and an avenue for discussion of reservoir architecture. How good are these simple models? How do we calibrate and validate them with outcrop, well, production and seismic data? How do we use information from slower but more sophisticated process-based models to improve the simple ones? What can we learn from simple models?
2) The direct use of outcrop, modern or experimental analog information in building subsurface models.
How are statistics (e.g., geometries and distributions of sizes and shapes of depositional bodies) being extracted from these analogs? How are these statistics being used directly to build predictive stratigraphic models? How is the interpretation uncertainty of analog information captured and what is the impact of this uncertainty on model construction?
3) Techniques and strategies for conditioning geologically realistic forward models to measured data (i.e., analog, well log and core, seismic and/or production data) and interpretations or conceptual models. What information does each data source provide about the heterogeneity and at what scale? How is the model being conditioned at each scale? How can we adequately represent key aspects of the interpretation in the model while conditioning to data?
Sub Theme: Importance of Levees and Overbank Deposits in Improving our Understanding of Deep-Water Channel Systems
Chairs: Ian Kane and David Hodgson
For much of their life-cycle submarine channels may be dominated by erosion and bypass, leaving an incomplete stratigraphic record of their evolution. In contrast, the levees associated with these channels may contain a sedimentary record of most of the through-going channelized flows and therefore offer the best chance of understanding the full evolution of the system and the potential downdip fan deposits. In their own right, levees also have considerable economic significance as primary and secondary targets for hydrocarbon production. This session seeks to investigate the role that levees and other overbank deposits, including splays, sediment waves, internal levees and terraces, can play in deciphering the stratigraphic evolution of deep-marine sedimentary systems. Key themes will include: 1) sedimentary processes of overspilling flows and their deposits; 2) the stratigraphic relationship between levees and their parent channels; 3) the stratigraphic architecture of levee and overbank deposits; 4) the economic significance of levee and channel-marginal deposits.
Subtheme: Application of Integrated Sedimentary Systems Analysis to Stratigraphic Prediction
An integrated sedimentary systems viewpoint, which considers both the erosional source area and preservation of deposition in sedimentary basins, can afford useful predictive insights in data-limited settings. In particular, constraints on processes and geomorphic evolution in the sediment source area can provide inputs to forward stratigraphic models as well as insights into reservoir quality and distributions of petroleum-system components within a robust stratigraphic framework. Burgeoning methods in source-to-sink stratigraphic predictions include collaborations between basin analysts, stratigraphers, and geomorphologists across a range of spatio-temporal scales and environments. We are soliciting innovative, collaborative research contributions that highlight new predictive relationships within modern and ancient sediment-routing systems.
Subtheme: Utility of Geo-/Thermochronologic Methods in Basin Analysis
Chairs: Barbara Carrapa and Amy Weislogel
We seek contributions from multi-disciplinary studies applying well established and emerging techniques aimed at resolving the tectono-thermal evolution of sedimentary basins.