Fossil Energy

Research Programs

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State Lands Program

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Basin Analysis




Gas Hydrates



Permian Basin

Reservoir Characterization

Resource Assessment

Salt Tectonics

Structural Geology and Tectonics




Worldwide Research


Carbonate research at the Bureau continues to grow and diversify. A broad range of integrated programs supported by a diverse mix of funding sources, including the petroleum industry, the Department of Energy, and the University of Texas System, has opened the door to a range of research areas and data sets world-wide. The programs include both domestic and international projects in rocks ranging in age throughout the Phanerozoic. The Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory is an integral part of Bureau carbonate studies, emphasizing outcrop and subsurface research integrating sequence stratigraphy, rock-fabric-based petrophysics, geostatistics, and seismic imaging and attribute analysis.

Current Studies

Fracture Research and Application Consortium [Link]

Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory Industrial Associate [Link]

Paleocave reservoirs a focus of carbonate research conducted by Bob Loucks [Link]

Integrated Reservoir Characterization of the Poza Rica Field within a Sequence Stratigraphic Framework: Phase 1—Data, Sequence Framework, and Petrophysics [Description]

Completed Studies

Integrated Geological and Engineering Characterization of Fullerton Clear Fork Field in Andrews County, Texas [Description]

Multidisciplinary Imaging Rock Properties in Carbonate Reservoirs for Flow Unit Targeting [Description]

Refining the Geologic Time Scale: Integrated Biostratigraphy, Chemostratigraphy, and Sequence Stratigraphy [Description]

Integrated Outcrop and Subsurface Studies of the Interwell Environment of Carbonate Reservoirs: Clear Fork (Leonardian Age) Reservoirs, West Texas and New Mexico [Description]

Scaling of Fractures in Carbonate Reservoirs and Relations with
Sequence-Stratigraphic Framework [Description]