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2023 Perkins-Rosen GCSSEPM RC

4-6 December 2023 Houston, TX

Deepwater Systems, Processes and Exploration Potential 

Revisited 1994-2023

Where were you in 1994?

Photo credit (left): F. Javier Hernández-Molina from Rodrigues et al., 2021 Marine and Petroleum Geology

 Abstract Submission is open 

The 39th annual Perkins-Rosen Research Conference celebrates nearly three decades of progress in understanding deepwater sedimentary systems. The conferences in the 1990s – including the 1994 GCSSEPM Perkins-Rosen Research Conference – emphasized submarine fans, reservoir presence, depositional architecture and outcrop analogs. 


The focus of the 2023 conference will include what has been learned from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic margins, to frontier basins as well as in laboratory studies and outcrops worldwide. We want to show the progress that has been made in the following areas: 

  1. the range and variability in new deepwater play types globally, 
  2. source-to-sink linkage of terrestrial, to deltaic, to deepwater systems, 
  3. mixed deepwater sedimentary systems that incorporate a wide range of oceanic and seafloor processes (turbidite, contourite, hemipelagite/pelagite and mass-transport deposit inputs, etc.),
  4. physical modeling approaches as well as the advances in technology and process modeling in understanding the distribution of petroleum elements, including the use of artificial intelligence and digital workflows,
  5. deepwater mudrocks and more specifically their role as seals and source rock intervals as well as natural seafloor seeps, 
  6. the influence of mobile substrates, including evaporites and mud, on deepwater sedimentary architecture above and below the mobile substrate.

Advancements in the understanding of deepwater sedimentary systems based on direct measurements of sedimentary basins including cores and outcrops, seismic and borehole imaging, physical and numerical modeling, and fieldwork or any new aspect from around the world are welcome.

Most importantly, examples of diverse deepwater exploration plays that have worked (or failed) as well as yet-to-be-tested plays are welcome. This conference will attempt to review the number of deepwater-related challenges that are yet to be solved, therefore providing a roadmap of where deepwater may go over the next three decades.

We also invite proposals to show core in a core workshop format following the regular conference; as well as to discuss technology and business applications in deepwater sedimentary systems in panel discussions, which will occur during the regular conference. The core workshop will be one or two days in length, Dec. 7-8, depending on the number of core proposals submitted. 




Photo credit: Daniel Minisini



Jon Rotzien – 

Cindy Yeilding –

Richard Sears –

F. Javier Hernández-Molina – 

Octavian Catuneanu –



Technical Program Committee


Luke Walker – Equinor

Vitor Abreu – Abreu Consulting and Training

Juan Fedele – ExxonMobil

Tao Sun – Chevron

Jason Flaum – USGS

Lori Fremin – Haltermann Carless

Daniel Minisini – Shell

Samuel Plitzuweit – ExxonMobil

Kevin Reece – Tulane University

Clara Rodriguez – Petronas

John Snedden – UT Institute of Geophysics

Tian Yang – Chengdu Univ. of Technology



Important Dates and Deadlines:

(Preliminary, subject to change)


May 10, 2023




Abstract 250 words or less AND/OR

Expression of interest and ideas:

Technical presentation

Provide title of presentation and brief description

Proposed cores for Core workshop 

Technology panel discussion proposal


May 31 2023

Preliminary Program Announced

Notices of acceptance sent

Guidelines for extended abstract and full papers provided


July 14, 2023

Extended Abstracts and Full papers due.     

August 18, 2023

Edited manuscripts returned

September 29, 2023


Final edited manuscript and illustrations due.

December 4-6, 2023


Conference in Houston

December 7-8, 2023


Core Workshop in Houston (potential)


Send expression of interest and ideas and proposals or any questions to:

John R. Suter, Executive Director

GCSSEPM Foundation


The GCSSEPM Foundation supports and complies with the:

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