Fluvial Sedimentology and Geomorphology


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AAPG E-Symposium Series. This short course will focus mainly on “source-to-sink”, and will detail methods used to quantify and qualify the sediment mass transported from the hinterland to the depocenter and the storage sites in route. This segment will train in the “fulcrum” approach for quantitatively approximating the sediment budget for ancient source-to-sink systems.

Who Should Attend
Geologists, geophysists, and engineers seeking an improved understanding of fluvial depositional processes in order to better predict fluvial reservoir characteristics. This course will aid in recognition and evaluation of patterns and scaled relationships that will help in subsurface mapping and more accurate prediction of lithology/porosity distribution within fluvial reservoir intervals that are depicted in seismic, borehole, and outcrop data sets. Concepts are taught from base principles so no prerequisites are required. An entry-level understanding of Geology is helpful.

Upon completion of the course, participants will gain an overview of the river sedimentary processes that generate strata, as well as the primary geomorphic controls on these sedimentary processes. Participants will attain the following skills.
Relate surficial river processes to specific reservoir facies
Evaluate fluvial preservation in a “river-to-rock” context to better relate modern river deposition to subsequent fluvial stratigraphy
Estimate sediment discharge of an ancient river system from parameters (i.e. grain size and channel fill thickness) measureable in common subsurface data sets

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Your Instructor

John Holbrook, PhD, AAPG
John Holbrook, PhD, AAPG

John M. Holbrook does fundamental research and private consulting (petroleum and environmental industries) within the fields of sedimentary geology and stratigraphy. His specialization is sequence stratigraphy and fluvial stratigraphy and he is a Professor at Texas Christian University (since 2011). He holds the following degrees: B.S. University of Kentucky; M.S. University of New Mexico; Ph.D. Indiana University. He worked from 1992-2004 at Southeast Missouri State University, University of Texas at Arlington (2004-2011), and has been a guest professor at Enugu State, Nigeria; St Petersburg State, Russia; and University of Texas at Dallas. His professional affiliations include GSA, SEPM, AAPG, AGU, and he has served those organizations in the following capacities: GSA Council ‘11-‘15; President GCSSEPM 2010; Vice-chair Missouri Board of Geologist Registration 2002-2004; Chair GSA Sedimentary Geology Division and SEPM Counselor (Research Counselor) 2008-2010; SEPM Annual Meeting Organizing Committee (Funding Coordinator 1998 & 1999; Oral Technical Chair, 2008; Poster Chair, 2010); AAPG Distinguished Lecturer 2015-2016. He has worked on numerous funded industry and research stratigraphic projects globally and sat proposal review panels for PRF, NSF, and USGS. He is one of two Principle Investigators for the Fluvial Research Group (FRG) industry consortia administrated at the University of Leeds and is the U.S. coordinator.