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The Turbidites Research Group

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The TRG offers a cutting-edge Research Programme on processes of deep-water sediment transport and deposition, linked to facies and facies architecture together with a comprehensive, associated web-delivered Knowledge Transfer Programme. Based in Leeds University, UK, and with Associates in Europe, America and Australasia, the group is supported by UK government research funds and by the oil industry worldwide.

The aim of the TRG is to study the flow dynamics and deposits of turbidity currents and related flow types via outcrop studies, flume experiments, seismic and metadata studies and theoretical approaches. Improved understanding of the processes involved in deposition leads to a better capacity to predict sand distributions, and characterise reservoir properties.

The industry-funded component of the TRG's work is organised in 3-year phases. The current 2017-19 phase is supported by AkerBP, BP, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Eni, Hess, Murphy, OMV, Oxy and Shell. The next phase is scheduled to run from 2020-22. The TRG is part of Petroleum Leeds; Petroleum Leeds directs world-leading research expertise in Engineering and Geoscience to address technology challenges in the oil and gas industry. The TRG has a partnership with Petrotechnical Data Systems (PDS) who develop Ava Clastics.

For further information on the TRG contact:
Prof. Bill McCaffrey (W.D.Mccaffrey@leeds.ac.uk)
Dr. Marco Patacci (M.Patacci@leeds.ac.uk)