Title: Measuring and modelling stacking patterns in turbidite sequences
Researchers: Javier Lopez Cabrera, Dr Tom Manzocchi, Prof. Peter Haughton
The objectives of the work are to explore quantitatively links between erosion, deposition, compensation and connectivity algebraically and in simple models, in order advance our conceptual understanding of stacking in compensational sedimentary systems and how to model them. A numerical modelling scheme, including both avulsion and erosion will be defined, to explore the full range of geometrical stacking patterns than can result from our conceptual understanding of deposition and erosional bypass in turbidite systems. 1D behind-outcrop well data, 2D outcrop characterisation, mathematical analysis and 2D/3D numerical modelling will be used to constrain geometrical patterns associated with compensational stacking and inter-element connectivity in turbidite successions. Results will advance our understanding of these sequences, and will have practical implications for reservoir modelling.