Geologic Modeling and Simulation: Sedimentary Systems

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 31, 2001 - Computers - 352 pages
Modeling and simulation were introduced to the earth sciences about four decades ago. Modeling has proven its worth and now it is an accepted procedure for analyzing and solving geological problems. The papers in this collection are focused on modeling sediment deposition and sedimentary sequences and have a decidedly practical flavor. Some of the leading simulation packages, such as CORRELATOR, SEDFLUX, SEDpak, SEDSIM, STRATA, and STRATSIM are applied to problems in hydrocarbon exploration, oil production, groundwater development, coal-bed appraisal, geothermics, and environmental diagnosis. All of these subjects fall under the broad heading of sedimentary basin analysis. The fifteen papers in this volume are written by internationally recognized experts from academia and industry. The contributions represent the status of geologic modeling and simulation at the start of the 21st century, and will give the reader an insight into current research problems and their possible solutions.
 

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Contents

A tribute to the modeler and simulator deluxe on occasion of his 75th birthday 6 August 2001
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INTRODUCTION
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JOHN W HARBAUGHS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE EVOLUTION OF STOCHASTIC ANALYSIS AND MODELING IN GEOLOGY
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FROM ACADEMIA TO INDUSTRY
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SEDSIM IN HYDROCARBON EXPLORATION
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PREDICTING PROFILE GEOMETRY OF CONTINENTAL SLOPES WITH A MULTIPROCESS SEDIMENTATION MODEL
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TEST OF A WATER AND SEDIMENT ROUTING MODEL
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HOW PREDICTIVE IS A GEOLOGIC MODEL? THE ROLE OF PARAMETER SENSITIVITY AND DATA FITTING WITH AN EXAMPLE FRO...
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SIMULATING CARBONATE AND MIXED CARBONATECLASTIC SEDIMENTATION USING PREDATORPREY MODELS
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THREEDIMENSIONAL REGIONALIZATION FOR OIL FIELD MODELING
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IMPLICATIONS FOR PETROLEUM GEOLOGY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY
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MODELS DATA AND UNCERTAINTIES
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STOCHASTIC SIMULATION OF COAL BED THICKNESS AND ECONOMIC DECISIONMAKING
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UTILIZING A LARGE DATABASE OF WELLCOMPLETION HISTORIES
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A MONTE CARLO ERROR ANALYSIS
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MULTIFRACTAL SIMULATION OF GEOCHEMICAL MAP PATTERNS
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EVOLUTION OF SEDIMENT FLUXES AND OCEAN SALINITY
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