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2017 36th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Perkins-Rosen Research Conference

Sequence Stratigraphy: The Future Defined

December 4–5, 2017

Marathon Conference Center, Houston, Texas

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The 36th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Perkins-Rosen Research Conference will define the future of sequence stratigraphy as it is applied in the petroleum industry. Does it still add quantifiable value? If so, how? If not, why not? Our program of invited and submitted papers will address this question.

The year 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of AAPG Memoir 26—Seismic Stratigraphy: Applications to Hydrocarbon Exploration. That publication is widely accredited as having led to the modern science of sequence stratigraphy. In turn, sequence stratigraphic analyses opened new exploration concepts, aided in understanding of reservoir compartmentalization, and otherwise helped the hydrocarbon industry. Today, however, and for many potential reasons, sequence stratigraphic concepts are ignored or under-employed in many areas and companies. We contend that sequence stratigraphy is grossly under-exploited as a risk-reduction tool in today’s low-price environment.

GCSSEPM has established itself as a global leader in making stratigraphic analyses relevant to the petroleum industry. The 1990 meeting examined Sequence Stratigraphy as Exploration Tool, 2000’s meeting focused on Deep-Water Reservoirs of the World, 2003 linked Shelf-Margin Deltas to Down Slope Petroleum Systems, and the 2010 meeting focused on Seismic Geomorphology. We anticipate that the 2017 meeting will likewise come to be known as a key milestone in the development of sequence stratigraphy as an applied science.