Module 7. Reservoirs in Tide-influenced Depositional Systems

Course Details

Tides can dominate in epeiric (interior) sea-ways due to resonance and along embayed coastlines typical of rift basins. Recent research has highlighted the diversity of tidal sand waves between narrow straits. In this course we will first go through tidal processes and then cover sand bodies produced by tidal currents and their expression in sub-surface datasets such as seismic, logs and core.

The second half of the course will discuss the relationship between deltas and incised valleys and the seismic and log expression of incised valley fill.

Topics to be covered: fluvial-tidal-transition zone, bayhead deltas, estuaries, tidal flats: sand flats, mixed flats, mud flats, tidal inlets, tidal channels, ebb tidal deltas, flood tidal deltas, tidal bars, tidal sand waves, incised valleys.


• Geologists
• Geophysicists who wish to better seismic facies of fluvial, shallow and deep marine systems
• Petrophysicists
• Engineers who wish to develop a better understanding of the factors that control distribution, reservoir connectivity and compartmentalization in sandstone reservoirs

• Graduate Students (Masters or Doctorate) who wish to develop a better understanding of the petroleum industry and the importance of siliciclastic reservoirs


The course assumes no prior knowledge of siliciclastics therefore we also encourage non-geoscientists and graduate-students to enroll.

Course Outline