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Sequence Stratigraphy

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course concentrates on the building block of the sedimentary rock record, their geometries and evolution through the time. The course aim to give the students a good understanding of sequence stratigraphic concepts, in order to analyze and interpret the sedimentary rocks within a chronostratigraphic framework.

Learning outcome

  • Relate sequence stratigraphy to basin architecture and base level cycles
  • Appraise sequences and system tracts on seismic data and well logs for use in predicting reservoir, source and seal variations and identifying stratigraphic trapping potential in different basins.

  • Use sequence stratigraphic concepts for potential petroleum systems
  • Assemble chronostratigraphic charts to describe stratigraphic evolution, making use of concepts and techniques which utilise marine/coastal onlap patterns, transgressive and regressive cycles and the recognition/prediction of depositional facies changes.
  • Perform predictive sequence stratigraphy: the Exxon model and variants, relative sea-level changes, sequence boundaries maximum flooding surfaces, systems tracts etc. in both clastic and carbonate systems

General competence:
Sequence stratigraphy, based on sedimentary response to changes in relative sea level gives the student a powerful new predictive tool for regional basin analysis, shelf to basin correlation, and reservoir heterogeneity. Perhaps most importantly, sequence stratigraphy gives the geoscientist a superior framework for the integration of geologic, geophysical, and petrophysical expertise.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio assessment consisting of 8-10 written reports counts for 40% of the total grade.
One written exam counts for 60% of the total grade.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Sylvia Nordfjord
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

Lectures: 4-6 hours per week
8-10 written reports
Laboratory activities

Open to

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology


Emery, D. and Myers, 1996, Blackwell Science Ltd. 297 p.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 02.06.2020