From Bureau of Economic Geology, The
University of Texas at Austin (www.beg.utexas.edu).
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Bureau Seminar, March 7, 2013
Link to streaming video: available 03.07.2013 at 8:55am
Dr. "Tip" Meckel
Gulf Coast Carbon Center
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
In October 2013, the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology's Dr. Tip Meckel led a crew of 27, including three scientists from the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, on a 10-day 3D seismic data collection cruise off southern Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico. This activity was funded through DOE-NETL's carbon sequestration research program and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) as part of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center's multi-year geologic characterization effort to identify potential CO2 storage sites beneath the Texas portion of the Gulf of Mexico within 10 miles offshore (State Lands). The seismic data provide extremely high resolution 3D information for relatively shallow stratigraphic depths(<1500 m). These depths have previously been of secondary interest to the hydrocarbon industry, but are increasing in interest in relation to shallow geohazard identification and understanding subsurface fluid migration processes related to deep reservoirs and seafloor fluid seeps. The data provide an important link between the deepest and shallowest portions of marine stratigraphy and structure. Aside from CCS, research interests addressed by the data include structurally-controlled fluid migration, 3D stratigraphic architecture, reservoir morphology analogs, and Cenozoic/Quaternary stratigraphic evolution.