Sequence Stratigraphy: Principles and Applications

DURATION: 2 days (25 and 26th May 2024)

VENUE: Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon

FEES: Standard: 400€. Students: 150€

Minimum participants: 10

Maximum participants: 25

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Octavian Catuneanu

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers who want to learn the method of sequence stratigraphy for correlation, facies prediction, and the delineation of petroleum systems and stratigraphic traps.


This workshop presents the concepts and practical applications of sequence stratigraphy for petroleum exploration and production. The points of agreement and difference between the various sequence stratigraphic approaches are discussed, and guidelines are provided for a standard process-based workflow of sequence stratigraphic analysis. This enables the practitioner to eliminate nomenclatural or methodological confusions, and apply sequence stratigraphy effectively for facies predictions in exploration and production. All concepts are illustrated with field examples of seismic, well-log, core, and outcrop data. In-class exercises emphasize the recognition of sequence stratigraphic surfaces and systems tracts on well-log cross-sections, seismic lines, and outcrop profiles.

Course content includes:

  • Historical development of sequence stratigraphy
  • Workflow of sequence stratigraphic analysis
  • Fundamental concepts of sequence stratigraphy
  • Sequence stratigraphic surfaces
  • Systems tracts
  • Sequences and sequence models
  • Time attributes of stratigraphic surfaces
  • Hierarchy of sequences and sequence boundaries
  • Applications to all depositional systems
  • Petroleum plays within the sequence stratigraphic framework

Course materials will be made available to participants


Octavian Catuneanu is Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is the recipient of several distinctions in the field of Geology, including the W.W. Hutchison medal of the Geological Association of Canada for exceptional advances in earth science research, and best paper awards from the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Geological Society of America, and the Romanian Academy of Sciences. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, Chair of the Task Group on Sequence Stratigraphy of the International Subcommission on Stratigraphic Classification, Chair of the North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature, and member of the editorial board of several international journals. He is the editor of several books and special issues, author of numerous publications in the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy and basin analysis, and instructor of short courses for universities,

conferences and companies worldwide. His “Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy” textbook received the 2007 “Outstanding Academic Title” CHOICE Award from the American Library Association, and it is currently in its Second Edition (Elsevier, 2022).