This is a course about high-frequency carbonate sequence stratigraphy, and the dramatic impact that accurate stratigraphic interpretation has on the geologic characterization of subsurface carbonate reservoirs. The course, intended to be practical and applied, emphasizes process over theory. The objective of the course is to provide the participant with a set of sequence-stratigraphic tools and techniques that can be used to construct advanced stratigraphic reservoir models from subsurface data.
Although there is no interpretive formula for sequence-stratigraphic interpretation, a logical process, or “work flow” for interpretation will be introduced, which can be applied to a variety of depositional and tectonic settings. The process stresses integration, as ultimately it is the integration of all available data that results in a sequence-stratigraphic framework interpretation useful for geologic description at the reservoir scale. The integrated data sets presented in the course result from outcrop and subsurface reservoir studies that the authors participated in during the past decade.