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									Theme I - Technology & Techniques
Reservoir Modeling                    Over the last several years, fit-for-purpose reservoir modelling has received increasing attention in response to the need for quick Gigi Ellis -
                                      turnaround of geologically-realistic static models for dynamic simulation of reservoirs. Often models are built but, before completed, Hisham Alqassab -
                                      new well results or other data suggest the need for a rebuild or an update to parts of the model. Models are built with different
                                      goals in mind. Some projects are structurally complex and utilize intricate fault models in the structural framework. Others are
                                      more structurally simple, but stratigraphically complex with multiple facies and rock property distributions. Still others are a
                                      challenge both structurally and stratigraphically. Complexity can hinder rapid rebuilding or updating and often, a decision is made
                                      to compromise one for the other. However, whatever methods are used, the results must be geologically sound. This session
                                      seeks to tap experience with the fit-for-purpose concept in reservoir modelling.

Reservoir Characterization            Reservoir characterization has dramatically changed over the last decade. The integration of 3D and 4D seismic and well data,        Roger Kocken -
                                      production information, reservoir analogs and sequence stratigraphy coupled with advanced geocellular modeling, and real time        David Tatum -
                                      reservoir management have become critical in delineation and development of new fields and redevelopment of mature fields.
                                      Many new fields are being discovered in high risk and high cost environments where accurate reservoir characterization is a critical
                                      input into development strategies, reservoir management plans and reservoir simulations. Reservoir characterization is complex
                                      and routinely involves collaboration between the geologist, geophysicists, petroleum engineers and computer scientists. This
                                      session seeks to document recent improvement and new technologies used in quantitative reservoir characterization.

Geological Operations                 This innovative session seeks to document recent improved practices in both exploration and development drilling with an       Alex Milne -
                                      emphasis on the role of "operations" geologists in the drilling process. It seeks to understand the successful strategies that Steve Kimbrell -
                                      companies are using to drill challenging exploration or development wells. We welcome submissions that document best practice
                                      in well planning, pore pressure prediction, operational petrophysics, borehole geomechanics, shallow hazard assessment,
                                      government compliance, or any other aspect of Geological Operations in exploration or development drilling.

Innovative Interpretation & Use of    Over the last two decades, seismic reflection data has been the backbone of the oil industry exploration and production. Some        Tim Maciejewski -
Seismic Data                          processes are second nature to us now: time/depth structure mapping, amplitude strength, inversion, and AVO are now common           Diana Smith -
                                      place. This session seeks to identify and document the “Next Generation” of technologies and techniques for maximizing
                                      information obtained from seismic data. These new ideas may play an important part in the discovery of new reserves or
                                      extending the life existing fields. Some ideas that we see on the forefront of seismic processing and interpretation include full-
                                      waveform processing and inversion to image through gas clouds, the acquisition of micro 4D seismic surveys to quickly image
                                      reservoir changes, and AVO spectral decomposition and inversion to automatically derive rock properties. Additional innovative
                                      uses for seismic data may include ultra-high frequency acquisition in mines to track mineral seams or zones of weakness, cross
                                      hole tomography to detect fluid or temperature changes, and long term passive seismic recording to reveal reservoir changes.

New Imaging Technology                Recent advances in imaging technology have allowed us to see the geologic sub-surface much more clearly, at higher resolution, Bob Shank -
                                      and with greater amplitude fidelity. Advances in wide-azimuth streamer technologies have greatly improved imaging in complex       Mike Schneider -
                                      velocity domains like the sub-salt Gulf of Mexico. Capturing and imaging unconventional seismic multi-arrivals using reverse time
                                      migration has helped to heal many of our seismic imaging illumination holes. Improved acquisition styles, like over and under
                                      shooting, have increased the seismic resolution to help us identify thinner and smaller targets for reservoir management and asset
                                      development. Finally, noise attenuation methodologies have greatly improved the amplitude standout and fidelity allowing us to
                                      infer rock properties from geophysical data. With increasing demand for oil and gas worldwide, new imaging technologies are
                                      helping to find and develop new resources to help meet the world’s energy needs. This session seeks to document and illustrate
                                      new imaging technologies that are impacting our ability to explore and develop petroleum resources worldwide.

Evolving Technology; e.g. , EM        Throughout the history of the oil and gas industry, timely emergence of new technologies and ongoing advancement of techniques Charley Siess –
                                      has resulted in vital increases in oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico to E. Texas. Evolving technologies have revitalized    Allen Howard –
                                      mature assets, reduced water cut or otherwise made possible the identification of bypassed producible hydrocarbons in fields
                                      previously considered fully developed, or otherwise enabled production on a more cost effective basis. A number of exciting new
                                      and significant oil and gas discoveries have been made over the past several decades through use of new interpretive techniques
                                      and brown-fields given new life with application of evolving technologies ranging from microbial treatments that introduce in-situ bio
                                      surfactants at pore throat level to reduce interfacial tension as well as that colonize in larger pore throats thereby diverting
                                      formation water flow from swept to un-swept reservoir section to in-situ viscosity reduction techniques. New petrophysical and
                                      geophysical technologies and techniques of measurement and interpretation too are central to more effective and efficient
                                      identification of hydrocarbon deposits.
                                      Ongoing development, encouragement and support through utilization of all emerging technologies and techniques by industry
                                      professionals is a key element to discovery of new basins and rediscovery in older basins in order that production of these assets
                                      in the United States and around the world and significant unrealized potential can be realized as new and evolving technology
                                      have and will continue to make possible through the inventiveness of man. This session seeks to document benefits through
                                      evolving and new technology and techniques, as well as improvements in production, and or project costs savings from these
                                       new and emerging developments in evolving technology and techniques to the oil and gas industry.

Current Issues in Marine Geohazards   Initially, concern for marine geohazards was in response to numerous encounters with shallow gas on the continental shelf, but       Craig Shipp -
                                      has now evolved into an array of topics that address hazard, engineering and economic concerns that include shallow water flow, David C. Mosher -
                                      foundation conditions and slope stability, gas hydrates, geopressures, expulsion/diapirism, seismicity, and antropogenic activities,
                                      as examples. Concomitant with this increase activity in the energy industry is a growing interest in a broader interpretation of
                                      marine geohazards by academic and government institutions in response to societal concerns, such as those precipitated by the
                                      2004 Sumatran tsunami.
Petroleum Geochemistry                   Petroleum geochemistry continues to be one of the basic disciplines in the field of petroleum geoscience. We propose that this   Dietmar Schumacher -
                                         technical session cover two broad topics: 1) Petroleum Geochemistry: Origin of oils and gases; source rocks in space and time;   Gary Rice -
                                         petroleum systems, with special emphasis on deep-water plays and basins. 2) Hydrocarbon Detection Methods: Geochemical and Wally Dow -
                                         non-seismic exploration for oil and gas. Preference will be given to papers presenting new case histories and/or methods, and to
                                         case histories that integrate geochemical and non-seismic methods with traditional exploration methods.

Basin Modeling                           This session will present petroleum system models in areas across the world to demonstrate state-of-the-art modeling techniques Debra Higley-Feldman -
                                         and approaches, illustrate the range of applications, and better understand the modeling sensitivities and the sources and      Nicholas B. Harris -
                                         magnitude of modeling uncertainty.

Petroleum System Analysis                The publication of AAPG Memoir 60 “The Petroleum System—From Source to Trap” by Magoon and Dow in 1994 ushered in a               Les Magoon -
                                         new era of analysis that had been overlooked by the exploration community. After the publication of this classic volume, the      Ken Peters -
                                         petroleum system term was cited in over 2760 abstracts, papers, or books, a clear indication of its acceptance in the geoscience
                                         community. An in-depth investigation of most petroleum provinces shows that there are more than one petroleum system creating
                                         the shows, seeps, and accumulations. Analysis of any individual petroleum system using geochemistry, geology, and geophysics
                                         always provides a more systematic approach to determine exploration risk than analyzing the province as a single entity. This
                                         session seeks case studies of petroleum systems, which when isolated and analyzed as natural oil and/or gas distribution systems,
                                         provide exploration opportunities or insights into risk evaluation.

Diagenetic Illite in Sandstones:       Illite is a major detriment to reservoir quality in many sandstone reservoirs worldwide. In this session we would like to bring      Stephen Franks -
Occurrences, Hydrocarbon Effects, Age- together observations with the latest theoretical and experimental research regarding the origin and pre-drill prediction of illite. Reinhard Gaupp -
Dating, and Modeling                   Papers describing the detection of illite using well logs and seismic response are also encouraged. Diagenetic illite has a variety
                                       of morphology, ranging from fibrous to flakey, often in the same sample. What controls this difference and how does each affect
                                       porosity and permeability? Diagenetic illite has been suggested to “date” the time of hydrocarbon migration or hydrocarbon
                                       trapping and to record diagenetic “events” such as pulses of brine through the sediment. Others view illite precipitation and growth
                                       simply as a gradual response of sediments with the appropriate composition to increasing temperature during burial. New models
                                       are being developed which allow prediction of illite prior to drilling. What do they tell us about the processes and the meaning of
                                       illite age dates? We encourage the submittal of abstracts on all aspects of diagenetic illite in sandstone reservoirs and look
                                       forward to a dynamic session!

Rock Physics and Quantitative Seismic Through the years, numerous attempts have been made to connect the physical properties of rocks and geophysical                    Ellen Clark -
Analysis                              measurements. As the complexity of the geology generally exceeds the resolution limits of geophysical data, it is crucial that the Shawn Porche -
                                      well and seismic data be leveraged to their full extents. Understanding Rock Physics is essential in providing an integrated
                                      approach for the quantitative interpretation of seismic data. This includes physical measurements conducted on the rock samples
                                      in the laboratory, advanced well logging techniques, seismic modeling and analysis, and reservoir characterization. This session
                                      covers new techniques for rock physics from logs and core, synthetic seismic, petrophysical models, reservoir properties from
                                      seismic (including pore fluid types and saturation), permeability, and pore pressure prediction.

Geophysical Integration: A Road Map to This session will focus on case histories that document how geophysics and other geosciences were integrated into a geological        Steven Earle -
Exploration Success                    interpretation that led to exploration discovery or field development success. Emphasis will be given to papers that integrate data   Craig Moore -
                                       from geology, geophysics, petrophysics, geochemistry and/or engineering into the interpretation.                                      Linda Sternbach, -

Near Surface Geophysical Techniques      The application of near surface geophysical techniques for environmental, hydrological and engineering site characterization and Michael Jacobs -
                                         remediation processes is becoming more widely used. The site conditions in which these techniques are employed are both                Dr. Jeffrey G. Paine –
                                         complex and challenging and generally differ from traditional exploration investigations with the targets having a small or negligible
                                         response to traditional methods. Near surface geophysical techniques rely on using existing methods, as well as the development
                                         of new techniques to resolve very subtle physical property variations in the near surface. Some of the geophysical techniques
                                         being used include shallow reflection seismology, borehole tomographic methods, high-frequency electromagnetics, ground
                                         penetrating radar, cone penetrometer surveys, nuclear magnetic resonance as well as numerous downhole geophysical tools. This
                                         session seeks to demonstrate the contribution and research of near-surface geophysical applications to studies in geological,
                                         hydrogeological, geotechnical, environmental, engineering, mining, archaeological, and physical soil and rock properties. Case
                                         histories with innovative
                                         use of geophysical techniques are welcome, which may include improvements on instrumentation, measurements, data acquisition
                                         and processing, modelling, inversion, interpretation, project management and multidisciplinary use.

Theme II - Sedimentation & Stratigraphy
Lacustrine Depositional Settings,        Lake basins worldwide are increasingly important for both their conventional oil & gas resources, and for oil shale. However, the Alan Carroll -
Modern & Ancient                         controls on lacustrine depositional systems differ substantially from marine systems, and predictive tools are generally less well    Meredith K. Rhodes Carson -
                                         developed. In addition to traditionally inferred tectonic and climatic controls, recent studies have shown that volcanic, weathering,
                                         and drainage histories within the surrounding watershed may also exert a major control on the character of both organic rich rocks
                                         and reservoir facies. Substantial progress has also been made in establishing high-resolution chronostratigraphy in lake basins,
                                         through a combination of techniques such as radioisotopic dating, magnetostratigraphy, and astrochronology. This session seeks
                                         to include a broad suite of presentations related to lacustrine basins and depositional systems. Themes of particular interest
                                         include lacustrine stratigraphic architecture, source facies, reservoir facies, oil shale, and integrated studies of lacustrine basin
Silciclastic Non-Marine, Shallow-Marine During the past 5 years a number of new themes have been emerging in shallow depositional systems, challenging traditional       Ron Steel -
and Shelf Depositional Systems and      academic concepts as well as generating exciting new exploration interpretations (e.g., Shelf GoM Deep Gas Play) : dryland river Jim Dischinger -
Exploration Models                      and distributive channels systems in fluvial sedimentology; distinctions between shelf and shelf-edge delta systems; contrasts
                                        between tidal bar and large tidal dune reservoirs on shelves, seaways or estuaries; differentiating allogenic from autogenic
                                        processes and products, to name but a few. Concurrently, recent deep tests in areas such as GoM deep shelf are leading to a
                                        rethinking of established Eocene, Lower Miocene and Oligocene depositional trends, resulting in a re-vitalization of shelf
                                        exploration. This session aims to air and document these emerging themes, and to encourage application of these ideas to
                                        modeling, reservoir analysis and deep Shelf exploration.

Siliciclastic Deep-Water Depositional   Exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons from deep-water reservoirs in offshore basins around the world together with a global Chuck Stelting -
Systems, Modern & Ancient               perspective in academic research over the past three decades have greatly influenced the evolution of deep-water depositional       Daniel Minisini -
                                        system knowledge. The integration of modern 3-D geophysical, petrophysical and geological data and workflows in modern sea-
                                        floor, outcrop and subsurface projects provide insights into the character and complexities of deep-water reservoirs not realized
                                        from onshore basins in the decades preceding the 1980’s. While the net result of this technology revolution is a narrowing of the
                                        disparity that exists between the observation scales of laboratory, modern, outcrop and subsurface case studies, multidisciplinary
                                        approaches are still needed. Conceptual advancements, while significant, commonly suffer from the “analog approach”, especially
                                        when those analogs are not fully understood in their own geologic context (e.g., comparing systems formed in different tectonic
                                        settings). The scientific communities’ challenge is to promote sustained evolution of deep-water conceptual understanding by
                                        continuing to seek ways to
                                         further bridge the gaps and by addressing the fitting for purpose the application of outcrop analogs. The goal of this session is
                                        to illuminate potential paths forward by highlighting case studies – laboratory, modern, outcrop and subsurface – that demonstrate
                                        how integration of data and concepts have produced new ideas in characterization of siliciclastic deep-water depositional settings,
                                        geological and reservoir models. Inclusion of quantitative data and methodologies in assessing reservoir quality and quantity
                                        are encouraged.

Carbonate Systems in the Subsurface - Carbonate systems display a high degree of lateral and vertical facies heterogeneity and often a complicated pore structure. As a Gregor Eberli -
Capturing Heterogeneity with          consequence, the response of carbonates to seismic and other physical signals is variable, which poses a major challenge for        Arnout Colpaert –
Geophysical Methods                   facies interpretation and estimation of properties such as porosity, permeability and saturation stage from geophysical subsurface
                                      data sets. This session seeks contributions for potential oral and/or poster presentations that illustrate these challenges and
                                      potential solutions. We welcome contributions that present a) new techniques in seismic visualization and interpretation, b) paleo-
                                      geomorphology of carbonates from subsurface data sets, c) quantitative estimation of rock properties from seismic and various log
                                      data, and d) laboratory studies that address geophysical problems in carbonates.

Mapping, Modeling, and Understanding Carbonate strata host roughly 60% of the world’s oil, and nearly 40% of the world’s gas reserves. Yet, exploration and production Gene Rankey -
Facies Heterogeneity in Carbonate    efforts commonly are complicated by the multiple scales of heterogeneity that are found in carbonate strata. This session seeks to Stacy Reeder –
Deposits                             capture: 1) new data on nature, types, and scales of depositional or diagenetic variability, 2) novel conceptual insights regarding
                                     natural variability in facies, porosity, and permeability, and 3) how these insights can be applied to enhance hydrocarbon
                                     exploration or production.

Mixed Siliciclastic & Carbonate         Many sedimentary systems consist of a mixture of carbonate and siliciclastic depositional components. However, prevailing rock         Les Eliuk -
Depositional Environments and           textural naming schemes, facies models, and sequence stratigraphic models tend to be suited towards prevailing siliciclastic or        Brian Coffey -
Systems, Modern & Ancient               carbonate systems. This session will present information on deposition controls from modern and ancient mixed systems. It also
                                        will provide insight into how these differences may impact reservoir distribution in these mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sedimentary

Baffles & Barriers - Conduits &         This session aims to bring together the spectrum of work that strengthens our understanding of fluid movement over basin to              Williian R. Jorgensen -
Impediments to Fluid Flow               reservoir scales: firstly, the data via case histories where calibration has allowed accurate definition of flow paths; second, best-in- Wayne Bailey -
                                        class examples using multidisciplinary studies or modelling technologies that reinforce exploration and development strategies;
                                        third, the resultant developing technologies & theories that further our predictive knowledge of seals & conduits.

Submarine Mass Movements and Their This session seeks to incorporate contributions that can help us answer the following questions: (1) Can mass transport deposits Lorena Moscardelli -
Consequences for Deep Water        form reservoir prone units? (2) What are the criteria to aid in the recognition of sandy mass transport deposits in the subsurface? Vanessa Kertznus -
Exploration and Production         (3) Are we underestimating the role of mass transport processes in the shaping of hydrocarbon traps? (4) What is the role of mass
                                   transport processes in defining the geometry and transmissibility nature of contacts between these deposits and reservoir-bearing

Numerical and Physical Modeling of      Improving our ability to predict stratigraphic architecture and interpret the depositional processes which construct stratigraphy is Kyle Straub -
Sedimentary Processes                   critical for reservoir exploration. In addition, information preserved within stratigraphy allows us to image alternative surface    Chris Lerch -
                                        configurations, measure rates of change, and study large time and space scale connections. Unfortunately, many sedimentary
                                        processes are only weakly expressed on human time scales or occur in locations which make direct observations difficult. Recent
                                        advances in numerical and physical modeling have allowed for the quarry of many questions related to sedimentary processes on
                                        favorable time and spatial scales and in controlled environments. In recent years these modeling approaches have developed to
                                        the point where even complex interactions between allogenic and autogenic forcings can be studied. We invite presenters to share
                                        advances in documenting and quantifying net depositional environments using numerical and physical modeling techniques

Stratigraphic Compartmentalization of   Knowledge of reservoir compartmentalization is crucial for reservoir modeling to enhance hydrocarbon recovery. Understanding      Jennifer Connolly -
Hydrocarbon Reservoirs                  hierarchy and spatial-arrangement of depositional building-blocks in a reservoir that generate permeability contrast is key to    Royhan Gani -
                                        understanding stratigraphic compartmentalization. Research investigating both autogenic and allogenic controls of these           Craig Calvert -
                                        hierarchies and spatial-arrangements in various depositional systems are also important to predict compartmentalization in
                                        reservoirs with limited data. Techniques like outcrop laser-scanning, 3d GPR, and borehole imaging are currently being used to
                                        investigate compartmentalization even at bed-scale level. From bed to reservoir scale, from outcrop to subsurface, and from 2D to
                                        4D, this session aims to explore the latest developments in comprehending the complex nature and impact of reservoir
                                        compartmentalization in both clastic and non-clastic systems.
Source-to-Sink Sediment Dispersal:      Traditional sedimentary research has tended to focus on particular environments (e.g. alluvial, deltaic or deep marine) that are      Ben Sheets -
Modern and Ancient                      associated with particular geographic circumstances. As the science has evolved, however, it has become progressively clear that Chuck Nittrouer -
                                        linkages between sequential environments play important roles in setting the boundary conditions that dictate the availability of     Ole Martinsen -
                                        sediment at any particular location. Indeed, particles produced by hinterland erosional processes typically travel through, and
                                        temporarily reside in, several different sedimentary environments on their path to ultimate deposition and burial. For this reason, a
                                        holistic source-to-sink approach to the analysis of large sedimentary systems is important. This session seeks to highlight
                                        research on any element of source-to-sink sedimentary systems, but particularly studies that contribute to an improved
                                        understanding of sediment transfer between individual sedimentary environments. We encourage submissions for oral or poster
                                        presentations detailing source-to-sink studies on any part of the globe, though abstracts related to the Mississippi system will be
                                        particularly relevant, due to
                                         its regional and national ecological and economic importance.

Paleoclimates and Paleoceanography in Our ability to understand, plan for, and project future climate change, hinges on accurate climate models. Yet our understanding of Lynn Soreghan -
Deep Time: Improved Data-Model        the climate system remains incomplete, such that models remain immature. Data-model calibration using well-constrained deep- Marty Perlmutter -
Integration in Paleoclimate Analysis  time datasets remains an essential step to honing our comprehension of the climate system and thereby our ability to better project Tom Algeo -
                                      the future. For this session we invite presentations of research that pushes the envelope in data-model integration for deep-time
                                      climate states.

New Depositional Models for Shallow     Mud and mudstones are the most common sedimentary materials (>70%) preserved at and close to the Earth’s surface, and they Mead Allison -
Marine Mudrocks: Modern Processes       are economically signifgicant because they may act as both sources and seals in conventional hydrocarbon plays and as               Joe Macquaker -
and Ancient Successions                 reservoirs in unconventional plays. In recent years marine geologists have made significant advances in our understanding of the Bruce Hart -
                                        processes that transport mud along and across modern continental margins. Moreover, studies of ancient successions have begun
                                        to recognize that the record of these same processes can be recognized in mudstones, arguments that are reinforced by physical
                                        modeling experiments. These data and observations are likely to force a radical re-interpretation of fine-grained sediments in the
                                        rock record, with implications for predicting source rock and shale gas distributions. This session seeks to bring together studies
                                        of modern shelf systems, the ancient record, and experimental systems, so as to refine models for shallow marine mud deposition
                                        at a variety of scales.

Climatic Controls on Sedimentation;  Large-scale sedimentary architecture as well as more detailed reservoir architecture is controlled by changes in accommodation Irina Overeem –
Thinking beyond Sediment Supply Rate and sediment supply. Approaching sedimentary systems from source-to-sink helps to acknowledge the impact of climate on large- Carmen M. Fraticelli –
                                     scale basin fills, but it also raises many questions on the impact of (paleo) climate on detailed sedimentary architecture. This       -
                                     session focuses on the question how we can quantify and model climate controls on sedimentary architecture? What is the role of
                                     climate variability and thresholds on sedimentary architecture? How is vegetation a controlling factor? Can we contrast
                                     sedimentary systems in different climate regimes? We explicitly invite modeling studies that incorporate climate as a control in their
                                     modeling framework, either numerical process modeling or reservoir modeling. We are seeking abstracts for potential oral and/or
                                     poster presentations on these topics.

SEPM Research Symposium: Autogenic       Stratigraphy records include both externally forced (allogenic) and internally generated (autogenic) signals. For a long time it was Marty Perlmutter -
and Allogenic Controls on Sedimentary   assumed that the two could be readily separated, with allogenic effects dominating at longer space and time scales. Several recent Chris Paola -
Successions: Modern and Ancient,        developments have made the situation more interesting: (1) researchers are increasingly interested in extracting high-frequency       Mike Blum -
Clastic and Carbonate                   external signals, especially climate, from stratigraphic records; (2) recent research has expanded the range of effects that
                                        autogenic processes can produce, and extended their range to surprisingly long space and time scales; (3) the discovery of
                                        similarity in autogenic processe has opened the possibility that their stratigraphic effects may be scale independent over some
                                        range of scales; and (4) recent work suggests that autogenic and allogenic processes can interact strongly. This session was
                                        motivated by developments such as these but is open to any innovative research on the interaction of autogenic and allogenic
                                        processes in stratigraphy.

Theme III - Resource Assessment
Methodology & Techniques                Resource assessments of play areas, individual prospect evaluations, the portfolio impacts of prospect substitutions, and reserves Rusty Riese -
                                        bookings are typically handled by different groups or individuals in separate organizations or parts of organizations. Often one or Glenn McMaster -
                                        more of these is neglected by practitioners who are unaware of the tools and thought processes which have evolved around topics
                                        other than their own. This session attempts to illuminate the continuum that bridges these often disparate activities in a way which
                                        will allow participants and attendees to ask more insightful questions of themselves and others regarding the numbers and
                                        methods they are working with. It is intended to bring together a series of papers which represent state –of-the-art thinking on
                                        assessment methodologies, prospect evaluations and experiences, portfolio balancing and management, and the reserves
                                        bookings which will hopefully result from our work. In this way, it will span the breadth of analyses which speak to the question of
                                        “How much is there?”

US Onshore & Offshore                   The U. S. Geological Survey and the Minerals Management Service have been given the Federal authority to assess the              James L. Coleman -
                                        undiscovered petroleum resources of the United States on a recurring basis. Other public and private entities also conduct their David W. Cooke -
                                        own resource assessments for their own purposes. This session seeks to bring those organizations together to review their recent
                                        undiscovered resource assessments of the offshore, state waters, and onshore U.S. lands and to compare their results.

Global Resource Assessment              Information Coming Soon                                                                                                           Paul LaPointe -

Theme IV - Evolving Plays & Significant Discoveries
Arctic Resources: Present Production   The Arctic contains the world’s largest untapped hydrocarbon resources. The Arctic contains numerous onshore and offshore            John Hogg -
and Exploration Potential              sedimentary basins ranging in age from Early Paleozoic to Late Tertiary and stretches over North America, Europe and Asia            Michael Enachescu -
                                       northern continental margins. This vast area challenges us from geoscience, environmental and technological point of views. While
                                       production from Alaska and Siberia is now in a mature phase, new areas such as the Falkland Islands, Northern Norwegian Sea,
                                       Barents Sea, Okhotsk Sea are fast becoming new petroleum provinces. Many other regions such as the East and West
                                       Greenland, Baffin Bay, Arctic Islands, Banks Island, Mackenzie Valley, Beaufort Sea, Alaska Slope, Northern Russia shelf are still
                                       frontiers for oil and gas exploration, some containing significant stranded reserves, some practical unexplored. This Arctic session
                                       seeks to document the evolution of older hydrocarbon fields, discuss recent successful discoveries, and focus on future plays that
                                       can improve the exploration success in the northern basins. We are seeking abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations on
                                       Arctic exploration and production topics. The session chairs will invite authors to present focus papers from all major Arctic
                                       exploration area. We are also
                                       inviting all those tenacious Arctic explorers to send abstract on various Arctic exploration and production topics.

Conjugate South Atlantic Margins       This session intends to capture a cross section of: 1) Tectonic interpretation of South Atlantic conjugate margins based on new-       Webster Mohriak -
                                       vintage, deep seismic profiles; 2) Case histories of recent discoveries associated with salt and rift structures; 3) Ideas for New     Al Danforth -
                                       Plays;4) Technologies that provided success or that can drive success in the future. E52

Conjugate Central Atlantic Margins     Over the past decade, a number of exciting new significant oil and gas discoveries have been made in conjugate basins of the     David Brown -
                                       Central Atlantic such as Deep Panuke (Canada), Chengutti (Mauritania), and Jubilee (Ghana). These discoveries confirm that new Gabor Tari -
                                       play concepts and ideas can be successful in both established and green-field basins. New ideas, datasets and markets are
                                       increasing these basins’ prospectivity and thus invigorating new exploration. In addition, new basins may soon be available for
                                       exploration offshore United States and Canada, and significant unrealized potential exists on the lightly undrilled Moroccan and
                                       Portuguese margins. This session seeks to document the evolution of these recent successful plays and discoveries, as well as
                                       those proven plays with attendant production, and project how this new knowledge and datasets can impact future exploration
                                       initiatives in Central Atlantic conjugate basins.

North Africa                           This session will highlight some of the important and most thought-provoking new discoveries in North Africa of the past several       Bill Bosworth -
                                       years. We are also seeking new insights into plays that are still developing or may have been missed by traditional exploration        Jonathan Redfern -
                                       ideas, exploration of frontier basins, examples of application of new technology to unlock exploration potential and integrated
                                       regional studies.

Middle East                            A recent number of onshore and offshore discoveries highlight the upside potential of Middle East petroleum systems, long        Christian Heine -
                                       recognized as the world’s most prolific. Over the last few years, exciting new oil and gas discoveries have been made in the     Chuck Caughey -
                                       region including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, and across the Middle East. These discoveries demonstrate the continuing exploration Torhan Hassan –
                                       potential of the area including new play concepts such as stratigraphic accumulations and unconventional gas reservoirs, along
                                       with revisiting known play concepts. In addition, bid offerings around the region have opened new areas for exploration and
                                       development opportunities making this a timely session.
Asia                                   The burgeoning economies of Asia demand new and reinvigorated sources of hydrocarbons, thus fostering a commensurate                   James Granath -
                                       growth in the oil and gas sector, opening of opportunities once-closed to international exploration, and application of cutting-edge   Joseph Lambiase -
                                       technologies to old basins. This session aims to comprehensively review the evolution of recent discoveries, of newly opened
                                       plays, of changing regional concepts in Asia, and case histories of the application of fresh technologies in Asian projects. The
                                       area considered spans the continent from Iran to the Pacific, and from southern Siberia to Indonesia.

Europe                                 Europe has been experiencing a true exploration heyday in recent years. Conventional exploration has seen successful              Helena Dobrova -
                                       discoveries in the classic areas of the Carpathians and their adjacent Tertiary basins (Poland, Romania) and in the Permian Basin Gabor Tari -
                                       in western Poland. Although these projects are of small or medium size, they are economically viable due to the existing
                                       infrastructure and proximity of markets. High risk/high reward prospects are expected to be found in the emerging (or revisited),
                                       mainly frontier offshore areas – west of Portugal, south of Spain, the Sicily Channel and the Adriatic (Italy), and the eastern
                                       Mediterranean (Cyprus). An area of high interest remains the western Black Sea, where several recent discoveries have been
                                       made in Romanian and Bulgarian shallower waters. Larger structures are expected to be found in deep water. Searching for
                                       unconventional resources represents a new era for Continental Europe. Exploration projects are booming in several countries, the
                                       most important being in Hungary, Germany, Poland and France. This session focuses on the proven as well as new plays, recent
                                       successful exploration results and future potential in Europe.
Australasia                            The recent headline news out of the Australasian region has been the discovery and development of major gas resources for          Marita Bradshaw -
                                       export LNG. Super-giant conventional gas discoveries on Australia’s North West Shelf have established new play types (Jansz,       Chris Uruski -
                                       Ichthys) and extended the play fairway out into the deepwater frontier (Thebe, Martell) and into eastern Indonesia (Abadi). In
                                       onshore eastern Australia there has been the dramatic rise of the coal seam gas (CSG) industry with plans for the world’s first
                                       CSG LNG projects sourced from Permian and Jurassic coal measures. In PNG the giant gas resources of the highland foldbelt will
                                       be piped down to the coast to supply an LNG development and a new gas/condensate play has been established in the Cenozoic
                                       carbonates of the foreland with the Antelope discovery. While in New Zealand the discovery and development of the Tui oil field in
                                       the offshore Taranaki Basin has been game changing for the local industry. Apart from the new proven plays Australasia has an
                                       abundance of frontier basins that are being brought to the attention of explorers with targeted government programs of pre-
                                       competitive data acquisition and access. These
                                       basins include the Great South, Raukumara and Reinga in NZ, and the Arafura, offshore Canning, Perth, Mentelle and Bight in
                                       Australia and the eastern deepwater frontiers of the Capel and Faust Basins.
Discovery Thinking                     The “Discovery Thinking” Forum will be the third presentation of the AAPG 100th Anniversary Committee’s program recognizing            Charles Sternbach -
(invited ony)                          “100 Who Made a Difference.” The New Orleans forum will feature special speakers who have made a difference with emphasis
                                       on the Gulf of Mexico and the southeast US. Each is a legendary veteran of the petroleum industry. They are all renowned for
                                       their success in exploring for and finding hydrocarbon reserves. Each speaker overcame great challenges and thrived in both
                                       business and geological aspects of our profession. Topics to be discussed will include philosophy of exploration, lessons learned
                                       from remarkable careers, professional insights and some colorful anecdotes. As technology advances and a new wave of young
                                       geoscientists enter our profession, we see continued interest in forums such as this to discuss the personal side of success and
                                       what has been called the “art of exploration

The History of Petroleum Geology       Information Coming Soon
Petroleum Systems of the Tethyan        In the past several years there have been numerous significant oil and gas discoveries and new play concepts identified in regions Lisa Marlow –
Region                                  that evolved along the southern Tethyan Margin. The Arabian plate status as a world class petroleum province can be attributed to Christopher Kendall –
(Invited Oral, Posters Welcome))        its evolution along the Tethyan margin. Although historically the focus has been on the proven giants and supergiants of the         Lyndon Yose –
                                        Middle East, there are many new play concepts that need to be explored. Equally important, there are many regions that also
                                        evolved along the Tethyan Margin that have been overshadowed and remain underexplored. This session will: 1) examine the
                                        impressive established petroleum systems and plays and new innovations associated with them and 2) highlight recent
                                        discoveries and explore exciting new play potential on the Arabian plate, North African margin, Eastern Mediterranean and Iran
                                        and Turkey. This session correlates with an upcoming AAPG Special Publication “Petroleum Systems of the Tethyan Region” and
                                        the contributors to the book will be the speakers at the session; they look forward to showcasing the petroleum potential of their
                                        respective countries. The oral session is by invitation only, however, we are seeking abstracts for poster presentations that relate
                                        to this session topic

Theme V - Structural Geology: Styles & Processes
Salt, Sub-Salt, & Pre-Salt Tectonics,   Sub-salt and pre-salt plays have both proven extremely productive in recent years. The new, giant, pre-salt discoveries in the    Ian Davison -
Models, & Hydrocarbon Traps             Santos Basin in Brazil have opened up exciting new possibilities for deep discoveries in many other salt basins. Similarly, giant Michael Hudec -
                                        discoveries in the sub-salt Paleogene play in the northern Gulf of Mexico have intriguing analogs on other deep-water passive
                                        margins. We will welcome contributions on these new discoveries in Brazil and the northern Gulf of Mexico. This session will also
                                        focus on the possibilities of pre-salt and sub-salt plays in analogous basins.

Shale Behavior from Pore to Basin       The role of shale in hydrocarbon basin evolution continues to be debated on many levels. The upcoming 2009 publication of the        Lesli Wood -
Scale                                   AAPG Memoir “Shale Tectonics,” covers a variety of topics in shale basins worldwide, fluid flow in shale basins, surface             Ruarri Day Stirrat -
                                        expression of mobile substrates, influence of mobile substrates on structure, influence of mobile substrates on basin sedimentary
                                        processes, and best practices in exploring and drilling in shale basins. This session is intended to complement the ongoing
                                        discussion on shale tectonics by providing an outlet for recent work in imaging, interpreting and assessing the impact of shale in
                                        hydrocarbon basin structure, maturation and fluid histories. We intend this session to include all scales of interrogation of this
                                        phenomena form the basin wide seismic scale to the grain to grain scale. We are therefore seeking abstracts for potential oral
                                        presentations on these topics.

Intra-plate Deformation and Inversion   The detailed structure of many areas affected by basin inversion appears to be profoundly influenced by the original architecture    Bruce Trudgill -
Tectonics: Causes and Petroleum         and composition of the continental crust involved. Whilst intra-plate deformation and inversion have the potential to both create    John Underhill -
Implications                            new structural and stratigraphic traps and destroy earlier traps by propagating new faults to the surface, exploration success has
                                        characterised undeformed, buried margins in many basins affected by structural inversion. The key to unlocking their potential is
                                        often through accurate basin modelling since many of the most obvious structural traps often post-date the main phase of
                                        petroleum charge. Exploration and development in areas of intra-plate deformation and inversion therefore requires a thorough
                                        interpretation of the geological history in order to fully understand the potential for re-migration of petroleum.

Continental Breakup Processes and       The nature of the processes that rupture continents to create oceans is a controversy in geology. We propose to bring together          Michal Nemcok -
Their Implications for Exploration      scientists from all aspects of earth sciences to review the current state of knowledge and to address fundamental questions which Sudipta Sinha -
Models in Rift and Passive Margin       have yet to be solved. These include the formation of the proto-oceanic crust, stress cycles during unroofing of lower crustal and
Settings                                upper mantle rocks and their emplacement along detachments prior to the development of organized sea-floor spreading, controls
                                        on the location of spreading centers, energy and thermal balances behind initiation of spreading centers, roles of syn-tectonic
                                        deposition/erosion and fluid flow on the thermodynamics of proto-oceanic crustal development and spreading center initiation,
                                        effects of spreading initiation on the distribution of source and reservoir rocks, relationships of continental faults to initiation of
                                        oceanic fracture zones, the nature of both erosion/extension and deposition/extension-coupling during breakup, and pore fluid
                                        pressure/mean stress/temperature coupling. Ideally, contributions should target the roles of the principal factors that influence the
                                        kinematics and thermal regimes of continental breakup and cover the geosciences, in particular geophysics (seismic imaging,
                                        gravity and magnetic studies), structural geology, petrology, sedimentology, and numerical and experimental modeling.

Capturing Critical Fault Seal Issues    Hydrocarbon exploration and production strategies all involve an element of risk. As with any investment decision, the goal of the Rip Rouen -
                                        venture capitalist is to minimise this risk. Fault sealing is one of the key factors controlling hydrocarbon accumulations and trap    Richard Jones -
                                        volume and can be a significant influence on reservoir performance during production. With industry becoming more focussed on
                                        the exploration of frontier basins, and the obvious economic drivers to increase recovery efficiency of existing discoveries,
                                        understanding the behaviour of fault seals in both static and dynamic conditions is vital in order to maximise the return of capital
                                        invested. This session seeks to explore best practice advances in understanding and integrating critical fault seal issues in order to
                                        predict hydrocarbon entrapment and column heights and, therefore, reduce investment risk. We invite presentations on the
                                        following suggested themes: 1) Fault Classification v’s Fault Seal Risk 2) Salt Welds as Seals 3) Reservoir Fault Seals Under
                                        Dynamic Conditions 4) Fault Seals in Basin and Petroleum System Modeling 5) Lessons From the Lab 6) Case Histories.

Complex Structural Modeling             The primary purpose of structural modeling is to provide a better understanding of the physical and chemical processes that         Bill Kilsdonk -
                                        deform rocks and lead to observed structures. All models should be based on geologic observations and firmly grounded in data.
                                        Good models improve our interpretations of both structural geometry and structural evolution by clarifying fundamental causative
                                        processes and their critical dependencies. The best models challenge our held ideas and offer new ones in their place. They can
                                        lead to a complete overturn in geologic thought like the last decade’s revolution in salt tectonics. For this session, we seek
                                        abstracts for poster or oral presentations of physical, geometric, analytical, and computational models that clarify the structural
                                        processes leading to complex deformed states. We particularly encourage submittal of abstracts describing models that challenge
                                        accepted wisdom. Results can be general or specific in application, but model configurations should be based on real geologic
                                        structures evident from data. Both the type and the length of the session will depend on the responses received, so we would
                                        appreciate your expression of interest at
                                        your earliest convenience.
Seismic Interpretation of Faulted       While subsurface data sets and tools continue to improve, interpretation objectives become more ambitious and timelines reduced. Bob Krantz -
Reservoirs: How to Get the Right        Beyond accurate representation of the geometric architecture, challenging enough in complex reservoirs, we often want to            Graham Yeilding -
Answer the First Time                   determine more advanced parameters like fault seal and fracture distribution that derive from the fault framework. Thus framework
                                        precision is a necessary precursor for further analysis. Despite this, we do not yet have consistent techniques that integrate
                                        modern tools with structural expertise. Too often, interpreters lack either advanced knowledge of the structural systems or the
                                        most efficient methods. Recent advances provide volumetric workspaces, but full success also requires volumetric thinking.
                                        Traditional training does not effectively connect these; we need new approaches and standards. We invite presentations that
                                        address the informed interpretation process, especially with case studies and examples.
Slope Systems Deformed by Gravfity       Gravitationally-deformed continental slope systems are among the most prolific hydrocarbon provinces in the world. Instabilities on Trey Meckel -
Processes                                such slopes can be initiated by salt or shale tectonics, or by large-scale, coupled extensional and contractional tectonics          Gillian Apps -
                                         associated with gravity spreading or sliding. These systems have yielded many of the largest deepwater discoveries in recent         Frank Peel -
                                         years, with reserves totalling several billion barrels of oil. Of note, areas such as the Mississippi Canyon turtle province, the
                                         Atwater and Perdido fold belts, and the Wilcox trend in the Gulf of Mexico, and the west African fold belt provinces have proven
                                         particularly prolific. Furthermore, these systems contain many of the largest remaining undrilled structures in the world, thus
                                         representing an exciting global exploration play. Numerous wildcat exploration areas around the world are expected to be drilled in
                                         upcoming years. Key risks include reservoir presence and effectiveness; trap definition; seal distribution and effectiveness; source
                                         rock presence, maturity, and migration; fluid quality; and compartmentalization. We invite presentations on the following suggested
                                         themes: 1) Structural geology
                                         of unstable continental slopes 2) Reservoir distribution on gravitationally-structured slopes 3) Stratigraphy
                                         4) Hydrocarbon system analysis 5) Understanding development issues 6) Analogues and Processes

Fractured Reservoirs: From               All subsurface reservoirs are modified by fractures, some more than others. Emerging technologies or innovative application of            Chris Zahm –
Fundamental Processes to                 existing technology is always in demand for fractured reservoir characterization, which requires both broad integration as well as        Peter Eichhubl –
Technological Advancements               the incorporation of state-of-the-science applications. This session aims to highlight progress in fundamental fracture research and      Eric Flodin –
                                         fractured reservoir characterization while demonstrating technology applications from geophysics, geology, petrophysics and               Peter Hennings –
                                         reservoir engineering.                                                                                                                    Jim DeGraf –

Interaction of Hydraulic Fracture        Tight-gas reservoirs are commonly produced using hydraulic fracture treatments. Microseismic monitoring of hydraulically induced Julia Gale -
Treatments with Natural Fractures in     fracture growth shows that hydraulic fractures sometimes propagate away from the present-day maximum horizontal stress                 Marc Thiercelin –
Tight Gas Reservoirs                     direction. A likely cause is the presence of weak planes in the host rock, such as natural fractures, that reactivate during hydraulic Joel Le Calvez –
                                         fracturing. Yet our understanding of how hydraulic fractures interact with natural fractures or other weak planes is limited. This
                                         session aims to bring together studies that address this knowledge gap. We hope to include such diverse approaches as
                                         geomechanical modeling of interaction at various scales, field examples using microseismic monitoring that record the interaction,
                                         and characterization of natural fracture properties and in situ stress that affect the interaction. Improvement in understanding of
                                         how hydraulic fracture treatments behave in different geologic circumstances will help to improve drilling and completions in tight-
                                         gas reservoirs.

Theme VI - Tectonics & Sedimentation
Salt Sediment Interaction                This session will focus on the sedimentology and stratigraphic architecture of strata deposited adjacent to passively rising salt    Katherine Giles -
                                         diapirs and allochthonous salt sheets. These stratal units provide the dataset to determine relative salt rise rates versus sediment Cindy Yeilding -
                                         accumulation rates and controls on structural and stratal geometries related to salt diapirism. In the past few years salt flank and
                                         subsalt plays have generated significant emerging discoveries, especially in the deep water Gulf of Mexico. Improved seismic
                                         imaging and well calibrations are providing important new data on these complex depositional systems. We invite contributions
                                         that discuss case studies of salt related outcrop or subsurface fields, play styles associated with particular sedimentologic or
                                         stratigraphic regimes, and physical or numerical modeling studies of such systems.

Regional Interactions of Tectonics and   This session will examine the interplay among tectonics, structure, sedimentation and stratigraphy from a basin-scale, source-to-         Jen Aschoff -
Sedimentation: Examining Relationships   sink perspective. Special attention will be paid to: (1) source-to-sink sediment routing and storage in a wide range of tectonic          Brian Horton -
Between Deformation and Basin            settings, (2) stratigraphic patterns controlled by structural/tectonic processes and (3) pragmatic methods that help establish links
Evolution                                between regional tectonics and/or local structures within basin fill. We strongly encourage presentation of regional (subsurface
                                         and/or outcrop) datasets that illustrate links between tectonics, structure and stratigraphy.

Sedimentation and Tectonics in Rifts     The aim of this session is to address recent advances in the tectono-stratigraphic development of extensional basins and the              Chris Jackson -
                                         impact this understanding has on evolution of petroleum systems. We are interested in advancing our understanding of these                Rob Gawthorpe -
                                         types of basins through integrated studies of: (i) structural style and factors influencing fault geometry and fault population
                                         evolution; (ii) controls on depositional systems and basin stratigraphy; (iii) source-to-sink analysis of catchments and depositional
                                         systems around active fault zones; and (iv) petroleum system characterization. The session aims to address these themes using
                                         both regional and case studies from subsurface, outcrops and modelling studies.
Numerical and Physical Analog            Sedimentary deposits serve as direct recorders of past environmental conditions that include measures of past climatic and                David Mohrig -
Modeling of Climatic and Tectonic        tectonic states. Unfortunately these stratigraphic records can be difficult to accurately unravel and separating the signals of climate   James P Syvitski -
Controls on Sedimentation                and/or tectonic forcing from other stratigraphy producing processes can be inexact. The results from numerical and physical
                                         models specifically aimed at defining the stratigraphic signals of climate and tectonic regime can therefore a play an important role
                                         in separating these signals from total stratigraphic packages and guiding the quantitative interpretation of past environmental
                                         states from preserved deposits. We invite papers focused on modeling the controls of climate and tectonics on sedimentation and
                                         interpreting these signals within preserved stratigraphy of terrestrial, marine, submarine and extraterrestrial depositional

Theme VII - The Gulf of Mexico: Regional to Local - Mesozoic to Recent
Origin, Basement Architecture and Early While the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is well explored and has produced more than ~15 bboe to date, exploration in the offshore has         Rob Hunsdale -
Development of the GoM                  focused on shelf/slope and supra-salt areas where production is concentrated from Tertiary reservoirs. Over the last 8 – 10 years Nick Kusznir -
                                        exploration has moved progressively south to the ultra-deep water protraction areas of the GoM and is currently expanding in the
                                        east along the Florida Escarpment with a number of significant discoveries having been made. The thin skinned evolution of the
                                        GoM has received significant attention both in operating companies and academia over the last few decades, but little attention
                                        has been paid to the thick skinned basement evolution that led to rifting, salt deposition and breakup. As a consequence there are
                                        large gaps in our knowledge concerning the tectonic and geodynamic processes responsible for the formation of GoM, its temporal
                                        pattern of evolution, and the resulting distribution of crustal thickness and type resulting in several competing models for the
                                        evolution of the GoM. Understanding deep basement structure is critical for defining initial salt basin geometry and subsequent
                                        subsidence patterns, and therefore helps
                                        constrain the thin skinned models needed to develop deep water prospectivity. In addition the distribution of rifting and breakup is
                                        critical for heat flow prediction impacting reservoir quality and source maturity studies. Improving our knowledge of crustal
                                        is therefore important as exploration is pushed both stratigraphically deeper and into more distal under-explored areas.
Structural Styles and Provinces on a    The Gulf of Mexico is a passive margin with a complex history of deformation dominated by salt tectonics and, to a lesser degree, Mark Rowan -
Complex Passive Margin                  shale tectonics. Many exploration companies have devoted significant efforts during the past decade to developing new regional Carl Fiduk -
                                        models of this deformation using improved seismic data, new well results, and modern concepts of salt tectonics. These studies
                                        were aimed at giving each company a technical advantage in the large lease sales that occurred in 2007 and 2008. Companies
                                        have now consolidated their acreage positions and it is hoped that they will share some of their ideas in this session. A public
                                        discussion of these new ideas will lead to a better understanding of the complex structural styles and processes operating on this
Depositional Systems from Regional to The Gulf of Mexico Basin has recently experienced another extraordinary period of petroleum exploration that has resulted in new, Andy Pulham -
Reservoir                               successful plays in existing geography and extension of interest into new geographies. In both the Mesozoic and Cenozoic and         Angela McDonnell -
                                        across the offshore and onshore new reservoir systems such as the deepwater Wilcox and Louisiana Haynesville shales are
                                        providing challenging reservoir characterization projects and demanding new regional understanding. Ongoing exploration and
                                        future drilling will test even more new plays in the offshore Mesozoic and onshore Cenozoic and will continue to broaden the
                                        stratigraphic and the geographic scope of our Petroleum Geology understanding of the Gulf of Mexico Basin. In addition, the
                                        exploitation of ultra-deepwater accumulations is now underway and fresh dynamic data are providing new reservoir insights, as
                                        well as advancing our understanding of the regional basin framework.

Paleontology in the 21st Century        Over the past decade, a number of exciting new plays, domestic and international, have required active participation of                 Rachel Rosen -
(A symposium dedicated to Ed Picou)     paleontologists in solving explorationist correlation problems. Consequently, integration of seismic, biostratigraphic results, and     Dana Griffith -
                                        wire line logs has become the standard approach in analyzing and understanding of new exploratory plays, whether conventional
                                        or unconventional. In addition, biostratigraphic information is required for further refinement of the local and global time scales and
                                        in the understanding of the environment of deposition as well as the age determination of the newly drilled plays. This session
                                        seeks to document the role of paleontology in evolution of these events, already proven or in progress. We would like also to
                                        document how the academia is approaching the teaching of the future biostratigraphers, preparing them for these challenges.

Old and New Discoveries form Onshore Over the past decade, a number of exciting new significant oil and gas discoveries have been made in the Gulf of Mexico basin,               Toby Roesler -
to the Deep Water                    from onshore to the deepwater. From the emerging Mesozoic and Lower Tertiary on the shelf and in deepwater to successful                     Kerry Inman -
                                     expansion of the Miocene and other mature plays onshore, this session seeks to document the evolution of recent discoveries in
                                     new plays, as well as extensions of proven plays in mature areas. Whether through application of new technology (improved
                                     seismic imaging, drilling capabilities or completion design) or successful pursuit of a classic exploration concept, we hope to
                                     showcase the diversity of this rich, complex basin. We are therefore seeking abstracts for potential oral and/or poster
                                     presentations on these topics.

Deltaic Coasts and Society: The         The vulnerability of the world’s large, densely populated deltas is increasingly recognized, yet the scientific underpinning for        Torbjorn Tornqvist -
Mississippi Coast and Beyond            successful coastal management and restoration is commonly inadequate. Key contributions from the geosciences are particularly
                                        important in this context, but constitute an often underutilized resource. This session aims to explore the “knowns and unknowns”
                                        of deltaic stratigraphy and deltaic geological processes, so as to highlight their potential to enable rational policymaking. While the
                                        premier focus will be on the Mississippi Delta, contributions about other world deltas are also welcomed. The session will consist of
                                        both oral and poster presentations.

Remaining GoM Resources                 Approximately 55 Billion Barrels of Oil (BBO) and 230 Trillion Cubic Feet Gas (TCFG) have been produced from the Gulf of                  Chuck Holman -
                                        Mexico Basin in the United States and Mexico. An estimated 130 BBO and 350 TCFG remaining resources have been identified
                                        in the Gulf of Mexico Basin in onshore and offshore United States, Mexico, and Cuba. This session will discuss the locations,
                                        ages, and potential of the identified remaining resources.

The Future of the GoM                   What will be the new GoM plays and where will they be located? All parts of the basin are now technically accessible, as water            Jon Blickwede -
(New and Evolving Play Concepts and     depth in the offshore portion of the basin is no longer a limiting factor. For conventional oil & gas plays, the burial depth limit for   Brent E. Lockhart -
Ideas)                                  encountering viable reservoir rock with effective porosity is being pushed to the extreme; and accordingly, older parts of the
                                        stratigraphic section will be probed. In addition, some major parts of the basin are still virtually unexplored, especially in the
                                        Mexican and Cuban portions, but also in the US portion offshore Florida. And non-conventional hydrocarbons such as shale gas
                                        and deepwater gas hydrates may play an increasingly important role in the GoM E&P industry. This session seeks to examine
                                        some of these new and evolving play concepts, for both conventional and non-conventional hydrocarbons, in all parts of the GoM

Theme VIII - Unconventional Resources: Shales (Oil & Gas), Oil Sands, Gas Hydrates, Uranium, Coal
Assessment of Unconventional            Unconventional petroleum resources, including gas shales, coalbed methane, and gas hydrates, offer particular challenges to Ron Charpentier -
Resources                               assessment. Traditional resource assessment methodologies have focused primarily on the assessment of conventional          Pete Stark -
                                        resources that can be described as discrete pools or fields, and a considerable body of theory and methodologies, such as
                                        discovery-process models, have been developed to deal with these resources. Unconventional resources are developed in ways
                                        that make many of the conventional methodologies less applicable. Development of a comparable set of theories and
                                        methodologies for unconventional resources has lagged behind, despite the great importance of unconventional resources to
                                        current production and future potential. This session will survey methodologies currently used as well as new innovations,
                                        including methodologies based on in-place models, production-based models, and spatial models.

Exploration for Gas Hydrate Resources Recent drilling and data acquisition have confirmed the technical viability of gas production from gas hydrate. However, the     Art Johnson -
                                      commercial viability of gas hydrate as an energy resource remains uncertain and is being evaluated through both marine and       Bob Hunter -
                                      onshore Arctic region drilling and data acquisition programs, with industry-scale production testing planned beginning in 2010.
                                      Recent advances in this field have validated the petroleum systems approach in characterizing and understanding the origin and
                                      occurrence of gas hydrate deposits. This session seeks to document recent gas hydrate drilling results, geoscience and reservoir
                                      models for exploration and development, and proposed future research and/or pilot development programs. The session will
                                      encompass both U.S. and international basins as well as both marine and onshore Arctic deposits.

Exploration for Shale Gas Resources     This session seeks to document the evolution of the paradigms which drove the successful shale gas plays in order to define           Brian J. Cardott -
                                        which plays work well, poorly, or not at all and the reasons why. Special attention will focus on both developing and possible future Wally Dow -
                                        shale gas plays not only in North America, but world-wide as well.

Exploration for Shale Oil Resources     Information Coming Soon

Genesis of Shale Gas -                  Our proposed session will deal with the genesis of various unconventional shale gas systems of the world that could be evolved as Prasanta K. Mukhopadhyay -
Physicochemical and Geochemical         biogenic or thermogenic with a special emphasis on North American plays such as Albert (Horton), Antrim, Bakken, Barnett,Green Daniel M Jarvie -
Constraints Affecting Methane           River, Haynesville, Marcellus, Montney, Utica, Woodford, and others. Moreover, our session will focus on the correlation of various
Adsorption and Desorption               physical, chemical, and physicochemical properties of shale systems in relation to enhanced free gas and adsorbed gas cells to
                                        predict production characteristics.

Exploitation of Unconventional          This session seeks to identify the key exploitation problems in unconventional resource production, and to document the range of Eric Potter -
Resources                               successful strategies for exploitation. Future exploitation strategies will be discussed, and economic sensitivities of competing Bob Fryklund - bob.fryklund@ihs com
                                        approaches will be examined. Most plays have steep learning curves facilitated by technology and innovation. Topics will include
                                        identification of sweet spots, play fairways, and performance drivers such as drilling and completion approaches.

Drilling, Completion & Production of    The role of unconventional resources in current U.S. resource mix is significant, and certain to increase. In North America, gas   Jack Babcock -,
Unconventional Resources                production from tight sands, shales, muddy carbonates, and coal is already occurring at significant scale (40% of North American
                                        production), as is production from oil sands and shale oil (Bakken and Barnett). Plans for future production from oil shale and
                                        methane hydrates are under active evaluation. Worldwide, while current production from unconventional resources is relatively low
                                        compared to North America, increased activity suggests that will probably change in the coming decade, particularly for CBM. This
                                        session will seek to identify new drilling and completion technologies that can be applied to unconventional resources to enhance
                                        production capabilities. Unconventional resource plays rely upon engineered solutions, economies of scale and repeatability to
                                        generate economic projects. Case studies will be discussed along with the role and benefits of pilot programs. Topics will include
                                        technology improvements in shallow and deep horizontal drilling, zonal completions, hydraulic fracture stimulation design, surface
                                        facility design, automation, foot print minimization and green technologies.

Coal: Versatile Fuel Source for the     This session seeks abstracts for potential oral and/or poster presentations on a wide variety of topics that demonstrate the         William A. Ambrose -
Future                                  versatility of coal as a source of energy to meet the growing worldwide energy demand. In addition, research topics related to       Peter D. Warwick -
                                        geologic, environmental, technical, and economic aspects of coal extraction and use are invited as these will be an essential part
                                        of the solution in dealing with future environmental issues such as CO2 emissions

Theme IX - Expanded Applications of Geosciences
Astrogeology - The Impact of Cosmic     This session, jointly sponsored by the AAPG Astrogeology Committee and EMD, will explore the effects that impacts from               William A. Ambrose -
Collisions on Earth’s History and the   asteroids, meteors, and comets have had on Earth’s geologic history, their relation to the distribution of mineral and hydrocarbon   Tom Klekamp -
Occurrence of Hydrocarbon and Mineral   resources, and geohazards from space.
CO2 Sequestration: Strategies and       With carbon emissions-related legislation being considered in many states and nations, the topic of carbon dioxide sequestration is Timothy Meckel -
Technologies for Storage and            receiving significant attention with regard to the future of energy production. Future sequestration goals are likely to be difficult to Gerald Blount -
Monitoring                              achieve without significant technological advances in geologic storage and monitoring. This session will invite presentations that Mary Harris -
                                        expose participants to two areas of sequestration; 1) existing technologies and techniques used in geologic storage and
                                        monitoring, and 2) innovative technologies and strategies for geologic storage and monitoring. The conveners of this session have
                                        the ability to attract international reputations in sequestration for oral presentations. The topics in this session would explore
                                        include: Monitoring in terrestrial versus marine environments, differences in monitoring the injection versus post-injection time
                                        period, how is monitoring for regulatory/environmental compliance different than monitoring for volume verification and credit
                                        certification, supercritical and non-supercritical CO2 innovative technologies for geologic storage, and Innovative EOR
                                        technologies and applications.

Environmental Impact                    This session seeks to document and promote sound geoenvironmental theories and field studies that have enhanced                       Kathy Haggar -
                                        environmental understanding. Geologic theories - indespensible models for exploration and production - must be based on the           Daisy Pate -
                                        best science available. Geologists can contribute knowledge of the surface, subsurface, and geologic time to studies that would
                                        otherwise only be viewed as predominantly surface or very near surface environmental problems. Very different views of the
                                        same site often emerge when tectonic province, with its attendant structural processes further modified by time, are applied to the
                                        facts on the ground. Perhaps there are emerging hybrid geo-environmental specialties; “geo-ecology” . . . ? If you are a
                                        geoscientist who integrates environmental, ecological, biogeochemical or botanical, . . . information into your site specific studies
                                        or regional theories we would like to hear from you. Have you seen an earth process that could change the expected outcome of a
                                        costly project? Will a levee project last 50 years in a rapidly subsiding environment? Is Holland a good geologic analogy for the
                                        Gulf Coast? How many places have surface expressions
                                        of faults/zones of deformation in soft, unconsolidated sediments? What causes rivers to change course and when? Do crustal
                                        undulations that regionally alter surface elevation have a greater significance?
Gulf Coast Geohazards: Wind, Water    Information Coming Soon                                                                                                            Doug Peters -
and Slippery Sediments

Environmental Remediation and         This session will explore the application of geosciences to a broad range of topics in remediation and hydrogeological             Jim Castle -
Hydrogeological Characterization      characterization. In particular, we invite presentations on methods, technologies, and case studies. Topics may include:           Rob Maric -
                                      Subsurface remediation, Surface remediation, Site assessment, Monitoring, Groundwater modeling, Aquifer
                                      characterization,Contaminant fate and transport, Hydrogeophysics, Aquifer stratigraphy, Water resources management, Water
                                      treatment,and Innovative technologies. Abstracts may be selected for oral or poster presentation based on content and on the
                                      final list of abstracts submitted.

Theme X - US Energy
Plays                                 In recent years the United States has had growth in exploration and discovery in various new hydrocarbon play concepts. It was Betsy M. Suppes –
                                      not so long ago that 1,000’ was considered “deep water” and an oily shale was just drilled through to the next objective.      Elizabeth C. McDade –
                                      Geopressured reservoirs below legacy fields have yielded significant discoveries. The Upper Paleocene-Lower Eocene submarine
                                      fan complex in the Gulf of Mexico is another recent concept that is yielding commercial success. What is the current industry
                                      knowledge of the deep Anadarko Basin and the Western Overthrust Belt? Do the Southeast Georgia Embayment, Georges Bank
                                      and Baltimore Canyon have untapped potential? What led to the discoveries? What were the lessons learned in developing the
                                      play concepts? How long did it take before an academic interest became an economically viable area? What technology was
                                      necessary for these plays to work? What do we still need?

                                      This session seeks to document the evolution, discovery and current knowledge base of these and other play-concepts in the
                                      United States.

                                      We are therefore seeking abstracts for potential oral and/or poster presentations on these topics. The convenors have advised us
                                      that the type and length of the session will be dependant on the responses received, so we would appreciate your expression of
                                      interest at your earliest convenience.

The Future                            The Future of Energy Resources in the United States continues to be a subject of strong debate. The National Petroleum Council’s Paul Wieg –
                                      2007 report, entitled “Facing the Hard Truths about Energy” summarizes as follows: Over the next 25 years, the United States and Philip Moses –
                                      the world face hard truths about the global energy future:
                                      • Coal, oil, and natural gas will remain indispensable to meeting total projected energy demand growth.
                                      • The world is not running out of energy resources, but there are accumulating risks to continuing expansion of oil and natural gas
                                      production from the conventional sources relied upon historically. These risks create significant challenges to meeting projected
                                      total energy demand.
                                      • To mitigate these risks, expansion of all economic energy sources will be required, including coal, nuclear, biomass, other
                                      renewables, and unconventional oil and natural gas. Each of these sources faces significant challenges including safety,
                                      environmental, political, or economic hurdles, and imposes infrastructure requirements for development and delivery.
                                      • "Energy Independence" should not be confused with strengthening energy security. The concept of energy independence is not
                                      realistic in the foreseeable future, whereas U.S. energy security can be enhanced by moderating demand, expanding and
                                      diversifying domestic energy supplies, and strengthening global energy trade and investment. There can be no U.S. energy
                                      security without global energy security.”
Regulatory Issues                     Information Coming Soon
Political Issues                      Information Coming Soon

Theme XI - Global Climate Change
Global Climate Change Forum           Climate Change Impact on Petroleum Industry Infrastructure - Onshore and Offshore Gulf of Mexico and Other Coastal Areas:          Jeff Levine -
                                      Historical impact of storm events on energy supplies, potential for increased storm intensity, and industry response               Julie Ann Kupecz -

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geologic   Carbon dioxide capture, transport and sequestration, especially its geologic storage in depleted oil and gas fields and saline      Yousif Kharaka (lead) -
Sequestration                         formations, is now considered one of the necessary options to stabilize atmospheric CO levels and global temperatures at values Allyson Anderson -
                                      that are considered acceptable for society and the environment. This topic is receiving a great deal of attention from governmental David Jenkins -
                                      agencies, and more recently, from the petroleum industry. The topics in this session would emphasize: 1) Latest developments in James Drahovzal -
                                      CO2 capture from power plants, 2) Power generation with zero CO2 emissions, 3) Storage of CO2 in sedimentary basins—storage
                                      capacity, site characterization, storage integrity, monitoring and costs, and 4) Environmental issues of CO2 storage in sedimentary

Global Climate Change: The Science    There is a great deal of interest within the AAPG membership about the causes of global climate change through geologic history Dr. Sally M. Benson -
Behind the Relationship between the   up to the present. Serious attempts have been made to project global climate into the future. These projections must be based on Mr. Rick Turner -
Sun and Temperature                   scientific data collected and interpreted by experts with in the broad field of climate science. This will be an invited session. The Dr. Eugene A. Shinn -
                                      intent is to bring together experts in the field who are currently doing research and publishing on the various aspects of this       Dr. M. Ray Thomasson -
                                      subject. The session “Global Climate Change: The Science Behind the Relationship between CO2 and Temperature”, a panel
                                      session at the Denver, 2009, AAPG Convention is an example of the type of session planned. However, we intend to have six
                                      speakers to give each speaker adequate time to present both the supporting data and their conclusions.
                                      SPECIFIC TOPICS
                                      (1) Sun-Temperature Relationship in the Geologic History
                                      (2) Documented Pleistocene and Recent Sun-Temperature Relationship Including Total Solar Irradiance
                                      (3) The Evidence for Why the Sun is not a Major Player in Global Climate Changes Over Time
                                      (4) Recent Satellite Data on Sun-Cloud-Temperature Relationships
                                      (5) Sun Spots and the Historical and Possible Current Relationship to Temperature
                                      (6) The Impact of the Sun on the Effect of Cosmic Rays and Associated Climatic Changes

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