Building geologic models of turbidite reservoirs for simulation and development planning using only subsurface data suffers from either discontinuous information or information that is displayed at too large a scale of resolution to detect variations in significant geologic properties. Large, continuous outcrops help constrain characterization of reservoirs by providing quantitative lateral and vertical attributes of strata and their bounding surfaces. Besides the traditional tools for examining outcrops, newer techniques include photo imaging, behind-outcrop logging/coring/seismic, gamma-ray/velocity logging, permeability profiling, and ground-penetrating radar. When used in combination, reliable, quantitative characterizations of tur-bidite outcrops can be developed. Future research should focus on full 3-D quantification of outcrops.