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All pre-meeting workshops (A,B,C,D) are £10 each.

Post meeting workshop (E) is £25.

Advance booking required to be sure of a place.

A. ANCIENT TIDES

Dave Waltham (RHUL) & Mattias Green (Bangor Univ., UK)

The strength of the tide, and it’s influence on other processes, has varied through time as a result of lunar recession and changes in basin geometry.  Unfortunately, neither of these major controls are well constrained in deep time.  The MATCH project will combine direct tidal modeling and better constrained lunar recession estimates, to produce a more detailed and accurate model of how tidal patterns have changed through time.  This workshop will introduce the MATCH project and explain how the results will be disseminated and how they will impact on studies of past climate, past sediment dispersal and chronology.

Duration; ~3hr  lectures + 3hr exercises

Minimum / Maximum participants=  5 / 25 

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B. USES OF A CARBONATE-EVAPORITE CORE AND HOW TO LOG ONE

Trevor Burchette  (CRG Ltd./ RHUL)

In the petroleum and other industries, borehole core represents the only real ground truth against which to calibrate many sorts of theoretical models and more remote physical observations. These include conceptual geological models based on seismic and regional data, petrophysical models concerning reservoir quality and fluid saturations, as well as aspects of rock-typing and reservoir heterogeneity, all of which allow optimum development of an asset. However, cores really form only one-dimensional samples of the formations being investigated and a large degree of interpretation and not a little imagination founded on geological knowledge are required for their interpretation. The workshop is intended for geoscience students who have no experience of logging borehole cores, but who wish to gain some insight into how cores and the data gained from them are used in the petroleum industry.

Duration; ~3.5hr  lectures + 3hr Core logging exercise

Minimum / Maximum participants=  5 / 25 

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C. APPLICATION OF ICHNOLOGY IN SEDIMENTARY BASIN RESEARCH

F. Javier Rodríguez-Tovar (Univ. Granada, Spain) & Javier Dorador (RHUL)

This workshop focuses on the application of ichnology in sedimentary basin research with special attention to palaeoecological and depositional interpretations, and the influence of biogenic structures to sediment features (i.e., porosity & permeability). Main objectives of the course will be, to introduce the conceptual framework of ichnology; to learn about the two main paradigms ichnology as the ichnofabric approach and the ichnofacies model, and to explore the use of trace fossils in palaeoecological and depositional interpretations, with special attention to oil exploration and reservoir characterisation.

Duration; ~4hr  lectures + 2hr practical sessions

Minimum / Maximum participants=  5 / 25

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D. MARINE SEDIMENTARY PROCESSES & PRODUCTS

F.J. Hernández-Molina (RHUL), Domenico Chiarella (RHUL) & Jon Rotzien (Basin Dynamics, USA)

In the last decades, our knowledge and understanding of processes & products in marine environments have grown very fast. Both scientific, economic and environmental endeavours have increased exploration in marine basins. This workshop considers some of these findings and their implication at geological scale, being  divided into three parts; shallow marine; gravitational and bottom currents. So, new perspectives in marine sedimentation and their integration in current models (e.g., source to sink) will be discussed with implications for academia and industry.

Duration; ~3hr  lectures + 3hr exercises + 1hr general discussion

Minimum / Maximum participants=  5 / 25 

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E. INTRODUCTION TO SEDIMENT CORE DESCRIPTIVE LOGGING

Suzanne Maclachlan & BOSCORF staff (NOC, UK) 

17th December 2019 - BOSCORF, National Oceanography Centre Southampton Laboratory excursion & workshop

Duration: 1 Day -- Min/Max participants= 10/30

Cost £25. Advance booking required.

Sedimentary logging is the graphical method for describing a succession of sediments and crucially forms the foundation of most sediment core analyses. The workshop is intended for geoscience students who have no experience of logging soft sediment cores, but who wish to gain some insight into how sediment core descriptions can be used to interpret environmental settings. This is a laboratory-based introductory workshop to sedimentological core logging, smear slide analysis and data visualisation, using examples from the BOSCORF collection to cover a range of environments. Included in the day course will be a tour of BOSCORF and NOC.

Logistics: Participants will independently travel to Southampton, to meet at NOC reception 9 am. A light lunch will be provided (included in the course fee). 

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