AG-823 Sequence Stratigraphy – a Tool for Basin Analysis (10 ECTS)

AG-323 field excursion in Van Keulenfjorden. Photo: William Helland-Hansen/UNIS

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ID:
AG-823
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
4 August 2017
END DATE:
1 September 2017
COURSE PERIOD:
Autumn semester (August–September), annually.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
10 ECTS overlap with AG-323
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Book chapters, articles, compendia; Ca. 300 pages
COURSE COSTS:
Fieldwork, NOK 1600 (8 nights x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
10/20 students (AG-323/823 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 April 2017

INSTRUCTORS:

William Helland-Hansen
William Helland-Hansen
Adjunct Professor, Sedimentology

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a PhD programme in geoscience. Students with a PhD project in sedimentology and stratigraphy will be given priority.

Academic content:

Sequence stratigraphy is one of the main approaches and constitutes a fundamental element in the workflow of assessing subsurface basin fills and reservoirs. The sedimentary successions exposed in Svalbard are a unique laboratory for studying stratigraphic building blocks ranging from facies to sequences. The Svalbard succession will be examined in the field and an in-depth review of recent scientific literature including discussions on currently applied concepts and methods will be given in the classroom.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Have an in-depth understanding of sequence stratigraphic concepts and methods both for carbonate and siliciclastic rocks and be able to apply this competence in practical characterization, delineation and evaluation of basin fills in general and reservoirs in particular.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Be fully capable of describing and analysing a sedimentary succession with focus on interpretation of depositional environments and sequence stratigraphy. Be highly skilled and advanced in identifying genetically related sedimentary units and their intervening discontinuity surfaces. Have a mature attitude towards how to use evidence for changes in base level and sediment supply within a succession as a tool for stratal correlation and for predicting facies distributions in time and space. Be well-reflected in evaluating which controls are responsible for stacking and geometry of sedimentary successions.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Be fully capable of using the above knowledge and skills in practical work tasks related to reservoir characterization and delineation and basin fill evaluation. The students will also be trained in logging of sedimentary successions from a whole range of depositional systems and will acquire knowledge about the post-Caledonian succession in Svalbard and its correlation to Barents Sea subsurface geology.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 4 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AG-323.

Lectures, practical classes and field exercises will focus on the recognition of trends in facies stacking patterns and key stratal surfaces which may be used in sequence delineation and correlation. Field logging will lead to the creation of architectural panels at different scale across sections of the Late Palaeozoic, Cretaceous and Palaeogene of central Spitsbergen with subsequent interpretation of these data in terms of palaeoenvironment and sequence development.

Practical work will include the recognition of sequence architectures through the analysis of well-data and seismic reflection profiles. One lecture day will be allocated for student presentations of central articles. Together this wide range of learning activities will expose the students to many aspects of the subject matter and will equip them with a thorough understanding of sequence stratigraphy.

Total lecture hours: 16 hours.
Total seminar hours: 14 hours.
Fieldwork: 8 days.
Project work and preparation for exam: 9 days.

Compulsory learning activities:

Fieldwork, exercises, one article presentation (in a seminar).
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method Duration
Percentage of final grade
Written report 40%
Written exam  3 hours 60%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.
Only the final grade will be reported, based on an average of the grades from the examination parts.

Application deadline: 15 April 2017

Van Keulenfjorden Svalbard

AG-323/823 fieldwork in Van Keulenfjorden. Photo: Robert Pfau/UNIS.

CONTACT INFO

The University Centre in Svalbard
Telephone: +47 79 02 33 00
Fax: +47 79 02 33 01
E-mail: post@unis.no / webmaster@unis.no
Address: P.O. Box 156 N-9171 Longyearbyen
Org. no. 985 204 454

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