These studies encompassed a vast array of parameters and data, allowing the researcher to get an enhanced view of the architecture of the depositional system, the likely character of the sediment (composition and variability) and its hinterland.
These studies are particularly beneficial to those exploring for hydrocarbons and can enable:
- Regional understanding of basin architecture: paleo-shelf morphology, drainage pathways, etc.
- Identifying the key periods of uplift and erosion, and the resulting intervals of highest sedimentation rates (understanding the duration of lag). Identification of sediment input points (point source versus reworking on shelf) and how these change over time.
- Mapping and predicting the distribution of sands and their thickness.
- Predicting clastic reservoir quality from hinterland characteristics.
- Timing of provenance switches, the sediment source and impact on reservoir quality.
- The utilization of these data types as input parameters for basin modelling.
Recordings of the Theme 1 Distinguished Lectures can be found HERE.
Below, a selection of our Theme 1 students present a short summary their research.