Dan Collins, Oliver Duffy, Peter Fitch, Chris Jackson, Antje Lenhart, Matt Reeve and Marijn van Cappelle all acted as demonstrators/co-leaders during the MSc Petroleum Geoscience fieldtrip to Utah and Texas. The Utah leg of the trip was led by Gary Hampson.
Marijn van Cappelle is currently undertaking fieldwork on the Sego Sandstone in the Book Cliffs, Utah, USA. Howard Johnson, Peter Allison, Gary Hampson and Daniel Collins have joined him in the field for discussion, and Marijn is being assisted in the field by Julia Beckert (Imperial College Carbonate Research Group) and Menno Hofstra (University of Leeds). Marijn is investigating the facies architecture of the transition from channalized to unconfined flow at the delta front of tide-dominated deltaic systems.
Well done all!
Rebecca Bell gave a guest lecture at the Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas (UTIG) in Austin on “Next-generation seismic experiments: wide-angle, multi-azimuth, three-dimensional, full-waveform inversion”. Rebecca also gave a guest lecture on “Recovering physical property information from subduction plate boundaries using 3D full-waveform seismic inversion” at GNS Science in Wellington, New Zealand.
Dan Collins, Howard Johnson and Marijn van Cappelle all gave talks to the Clastic Reservoir Research Team at Shell, Houston. Dan's talk was entitled: ‘The Macrotidal Miocene: Ocean modelling and insights into sedimentary facies analysis in the Mio-Pliocene, NW Borneo, South China Sea’, Howard’s talk was entitled: ‘Nature, origin and evolution of a Late Pleistocene incised valley-fill, Sunda Shelf, Southeast Asia’ and Marijn’s talk was entitled: ‘Tidal- to fluvial transitions in deltaic deposits: An outcrop analogue from the Sego Sandstone (Book Cliffs, USA) compared with the sub-surface Ile Formation (Halten Terrace, Norway)’.
See below the break for abstracts.
Well done all!
Rebecca Bell visited the Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas (UTIG) with Mike Warner to discuss potential datasets that could be used for future Full-waveform inversion studies.
Chris Jackson completed the London Marathon on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Research Centre, raising a little over £3000. He would like to thank everyone who sponsored him, both inside and outside of Imperial College. He’d also like to remind himself to never run a marathon again…
Many congratulations Chris!
Bell, R.E., Holden, C., Power, W., Wang, X. & Downes, G. Hikurangi margin tsunami earthquake generated by slow seismic rupture over a subducted seamount. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 397, 2014, Pages 1-9, ISSN 0012-821X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2014.04.005.
Rebecca Bell gave a Guest Lecture to the Derby University Geological Society on “Slow tsunami earthquakes and slow slip events- stress relief or silent assassins?”
Chris Jackson presented two talks at the Reducing Subsurface Uncertainty & Risk through Field-based Studies conference which was held at the Geological Society of London (4th-6th March 2014). His first talk (which was co-authored by ex-PhD student Matthew Lewis) focused on the role that fault-propagation folds play in controlling sediment dispersal during rift initiation and the resultant stratal architecture of early syn-rift deposits. His second talk highlighted the role of outcrop analogues in understanding sediment routing above MTC-related seabed relief.
Craig Magee and Chris Jackson visited Royal Holloway to present and discuss their research related to the emplacement of igneous intrusions in sedimentary basins.
Well done all! See below the break for abstracts from the Reducing Subsurface Uncertainty & Risk through Field-based Studies conference.
Nick Holgate successfully passed his PhD viva on the 2nd of March. His PhD, which was entitled “Geological characterisation of shallow marine-to-deltaic sandstone reservoir targets: Krossfjord and Fensfjord formations, Troll Field, Norwegian North Sea”, was supervised by Gary Hampson and Chris Jackson, and was examined by Dave Hodgson (University of Leeds) and Howard Johnson (internal examiner). Huge congratulations Nick! Nick now works for Shell UK and is based in London.
Matt Lewis also successfully passed his PhD viva on the 27th of March. His PhD, which was entitled “Structural style and stratigraphic response to normal fault growth in extensional basins”, was supervised by Chris Jackson, and was examined by Mary Ford (CRPG) and Al Fraser (internal examiner). Well done Matt! Matt now works for BP and is based in London.
Rebecca Bell will be visiting GNS Science in New Zealand to work as a visiting scientist for 3 weeks. She will be working to learn more about the seismic behaviour of the Hikurangi subduction margin in New Zealand from the analysis of seismic reflection data.
Martin Neumaier from Schlumberger, Aachan, visited the group to work with Abdulaziz Al-Balushi. Abdul’s PhD, which is focused on the geodynamic evolution of the eastern Mediterranean and is supervised by Al Fraser and Chris Jackson, uses PetroMod basin modelling software to investigate the impact the Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC) had on basin subsidence and uplift, and the phases of hydrocarbons contained in traps along the Levantine Margin, offshore Israel.
Chris Jackson undertook fieldwork in the Neuquén Basin, Argentina. Together with co-workers from Leeds University, he studied the internal stratigraphic architecture of MTCs and the role that MTC-related relief has on sediment dispersal on deep-water margins.
The Basins Research Group (BRG) at Imperial College London focuses on the geodynamic, struc-tural, and stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins. This range of ac-tivities is centred around a multidisciplinary group of Earth Scientists who are committed to understand-ing the fundamental geo-logical processes opera-ting in evolving sediment-ary basins, and the application of this under-standing to determining the nature, origin and occurrence of natural resources (see Themes).