Recent developments in applied biostratigraphy: An introduction
Published:January 01, 2005
This volume in the Special Publication Series of The Micropalaeontological Society (TMS) is the result of an extremely successful joint meeting of TMS, the American Association of Strati-graphic Palynologists (AASP) and the North American Micropaleontology Section (NAMS) of SEPM that took place at University College London between 11 and 13 September 2002. The main theme of this international meeting was ’ Recent Developments in Applied Biostratigraphy’ and the vision was to encourage trans-Atlantic exchange of ideas, ultimately to seed new research initiatives. In particular, the aim was to develop an integrated multidisciplinary approach in both the academic and industrial realms. The editors hope that through publication of this volume, this goal will have been realized. The conveners of the meeting were:
James Powell (Dinosystems) acting as TMS Secretary at the time;
James Riding (British Geological Survey) acting as both TMS Treasurer and AASP President-Elect at the time;
Chris Denison (ChevronTexaco) representing AASP;
Tom Dignes (ExxonMobil) representing NAMS;
Rachel Preece (ChevronTexaco) representing TMS in the USA;
Alan Lord (UCL) acting as Local Secretary;
Sue Mathews (UCL) providing Local Support.
Over 200 delegates registered for the meeting from 25 countries (Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad, UK, USA and Venezuela). A group photograph of the delegates was published in the AASP journal Palynology (vol. 27, pp. 270, 271)
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Recent Developments in Applied Biostratigraphy
In recent years the application of biostratigraphy to hydrocarbon exploration and development has become increasingly important both scientifically and economically. The demand for higher stratigraphical resolution in field development studies has resulted in the utilization of new approaches. However, in under-explored areas with little reliable primary biostratigraphical data, conventional methods using relatively coarse biozonations still have relevance. The aim of this volume is to encourage an exchange of ideas and to seed new research initiatives particularly within integrated multidisciplinary teams. The papers are divided into four main themes which cover a broad range of modern applications of biostratigraphy. The first three themes are: UK North Sea field development; outcrop analogues; and international exploration and development. The final section discusses new methodologies, such as the application of correspondence analysis and multivariate correlation of wells, and palynological processing techniques applicable to the wellsite.