This special issue of the AAPG Bulletin documents some of the contributions to the AAPG Hedberg Research Conference on “The Future of Basin and Petroleum System Modeling” (BPSM), held in Santa Barbara, California, April 3–8, 2016. This issue is the first of two parts, with the second to follow after revisions are completed.

Ninety-eight geoscientists participated from all over the world representing the oil and gas industry, the service sector, as well as government and research organizations. Almost all participants contributed to the technical program either through a talk or a poster. Keynote lectures, held at the beginning of each...

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