This consortium funded project consists of a multi-institutional collaboration between University of Aberdeen, Montana State University (Mike Gardner and PhD students) and University of California at Santa Barbara (Eckart Meiburg and PhD students) and the Colorado School of Mines (Mason Dykstra), administered through Aberdeen . It includes a combined seismic, modeling and outcrop approach to the understanding of slope systems, and the development of rules for reservoir prediction in slope settings. Seismic data include slope systems of Brunei, Gulf of Mexico, Egypt (Nile), Brazil (Amazon) and Eastern Spain (Ebro). Outcrop areas include Italy (Marnoso Arenacea), Argentina (Paganzo Basin) and Mexico (Rosario Group). Numerical modeling includes direct numerical simulations and large-eddy simulations of turbidity currents. Seismic forward modeling involves simulation of simple to complex channel and mass transport deposit architectures over a range of conditions (rock properties, frequencies).
Sponsors include BG, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Hess, Hydro, Maersk, Marathon, Murphy, Petrobras, Statoil, Total and Woodside.