Published: April 29, 2016

AGU/SEG Workshop

Potential-Field and Electromagnetic Methods Applied to Basin Studies

August 25 - 26, 2016

Keystone, Colorado

Registration Deadline: August 12,2016

Sedimentary basins host resources of various kinds (hydrocarbon, water, geothermal, and mineral). Basins are also of great interest in hazard investigations because they often are bounded by active structures and have shapes and infill composition that can amplify ground motion. Geophysical studies of basins traditionally focus on seismic methods. However, potential-field and electromagnetic (EM) methods have long been used in basin studies and are experiencing a renaissance with the increasing application of airborne gravity gradient and high-resolution airborne aeromagnetic and EM surveys. Historically, these applications have been focused on regional mapping and frontier exploration.

With recent advances, these methods now impact local interpretation and prospect-scale imaging. In this workshop, we will exchange concepts and ideas on the development and integrated application of these methods to defining the structure and tectonics, natural resources, and hazards associated with active and relic basins. We invite papers that investigate all aspects of potential-field and EM methods as applied to basin studies.

The workshop will span 2 days to include both oral and poster sessions in addition to ample time periods for discussion. The third day will consist of an all-day field trip to the Rio Grande rift and other basins.
Contributions may include:
1. Case histories of the use of gravity, gravity gradient, magnetic, EM, and integrated methods in basin studies, at both regional and prospect scales.
2. Advances in established methods and new approaches for subsurface imaging and estimation of physical properties.
3. Operational advancements using moving platforms or investigations in extreme environments.
4. Overcoming challenges in improving resolution at a variety of scales.
5. Integration of potential-field/EM methods with other geological, geophysical, and geochemical methods in the context of basin studies.
Attendance is projected at 100.