University of Texas at Austin

Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL)

Mission Statement

The Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) is a UT-Austin Jackson School industry research collaboration focused on the sedimentology and stratigraphy of clastic depositional systems, with applications in reservoir modeling, uncertainty in subsurface stratigraphic correlation, and source-to-sink predictions for frontier exploration. Researchers use outcrop, subsurface, and Earth-surface data to investigate the processes and products of fluvial, shallow-marine, and deep-water depositional systems, and they aim to determine the impact of realistic modeling of reservoir architecture and facies distribution on reservoir performance of these systems. Researchers also use multi-proxy provenance analysis to understand external drivers and paleogeography of sediment source areas, drainage networks, and depositional systems in order to predict reservoir presence and quality.

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