Seismic Resolution of Submarine Channel Architecture as Indicated by Outcrop Analogs
J. L. Coleman, Jr., F. C. Sheppard, III, T. K. Jones, 2000. "Seismic Resolution of Submarine Channel Architecture as Indicated by Outcrop Analogs", Fine-Grained Turbidite Systems, Arnold H. Bouma, Charles G. Stone
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Economical production of hydrocarbons from submarine fan reservoirs requires a clear understanding of reservoir architecture and fluid flow properties. Seismic profiling has been used to delineate the extent of hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir architecture and associated flow heterogeneities. Outcrop study constrains the architectural interpretation options in field development plans. Seismic modeling of an outcrop of a submarine fan channel complex was undertaken to illustrate the acquisition and processing requirements and interpretation limits for a generic exploration seismic program. Unless appropriately designed, conventional, exploration-grade seismic data will not have the frequency content and resolution capability to image clearly submarine channel complexity of a detail commonly observed in outcrop.