Elements and Architecture in Deep Water Turbidite Systems
- Start date: 1 June 2021
- End date: 31 May 2025
- Funder: Wintershall Dea
- Value: £430,000 (total £1, 097, 000)
- Partners and collaborators: University of Aberdeen, University of Manchester
- Primary investigator: Professor David Hodgson
- External primary investigator: Prof John Howell, University of Aberdeen
- External co-investigators: Prof Steve Flint, University of Manchester; Dr Ian Kane, University of Manchester
Deep water successions are typically heterolithic and architecturally complex across a range of scales. There has been significant volumes of research over the past 25 years into the sedimentology and stratigraphy of deep water systems, from modern, outcrop and subsurface data. A novel characterisation of deep water elements is proposed. This is based on a new matrix that classifies systems by their position along a depositional dip profile, plotted against the degree of confinement. Within this framework, architectural elements are classified based upon their stratigraphic juxtaposition to one another. This novel approach will be used to classify analogue examples chosen to fill the parameter space.
Influencing business decision-making, practitioner training, savings through reduced risks in the development, environmental benefits through application to CCS projects.