Submarine Channel-Levees

*****Postponed until Further Notice******

March 26 - April 2, 2011

Submarine Channel-Levees:  processes, stratigraphy, and production
Punta San Carlos, Baja California, Mexico 

Ian Kane, Statoil
David Hodgson, University of Liverpool
Mason Dykstra, Colorado School of Mines
Ben Kneller, University of Aberdeen
Bill Morris, ConocoPhillips

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Deep-water levee successions represent a depositional record coeval with the evolution of their genetically related channels and/or down dip deposits. They may also form important primary or secondary reservoir targets. However, whilst the sedimentary processes, depositional architecture, morphology and reservoir characteristics of submarine channels have been a focus for sedimentary and stratigraphic research over the past two decades, submarine levee successions have received relatively little attention.

In the subsurface, levees are characterized by the high-continuity seismic reflection packages that commonly have a gull-wing or wedge-shaped cross-sectional profile. Therefore, from seismic reflection images we have a good understanding of the large-scale geometry of levees and the apparent sheet-like geometry of levee sandstones. Despite their often assumed simplicity, recent studies of modern levee systems, exposed ancient submarine levee systems, and analysis of levee reservoirs show significant complexities and variations in levee style, evolution, connectivity and distribution of reservoir properties. Improved understanding of this variability could significantly affect the economic development of these reservoirs, and urge a re-examination of existing models for external and internal levee development, and linkage between channel-fill and overbank depositional environments.

We aim to bring together industrial geologists, field geologists, marine geologists, seismic stratigraphers, and both physical and numerical modelers with the aim of developing our understanding of submarine channel-levee systems, and establishing important areas for future research. The Upper Cretaceous Rosario Formation of Baja California, Mexico, is a world class deep-water outcrop with excellent exposures of levee and channel-fill successions, which will help promote a vibrant discursive setting.

The conference will consist of talks and posters from participants (am) and field trips (pm); potentially with an all day excursion to more remote locations. The conference will be hosted at Solosports ( and will be limited to ~35 people.

Please send expressions of interest to
David Hodgson

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