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A Forward Model for the Sedimentology and Diagenesis of Carbonate Platforms

Example of CARB3D+ Output

Carb3D+ is an innovative forward model for prediction of the sedimentology, sedimentary architecture and diagenesis of carbonate platforms. It is a process-based model which includes wave and current hydrodynamics, transport of bed and suspended sediments, and angle of repose slopes. The model simulates early diagenetic changes in carbonate mineralogy and porosity, including tracking of cements and secondary porosity. Differential subsidence in space and time are allowed, and both syn-depositional and final burial compaction are included (the latter for input to a seismic simulator). Further details are given in the model overview page.


Our work on CARB3D+ is supported by the Bristol Carbonates Consortium. This is an informal grouping of major oil companies (currently Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ENI and ExxonMobil) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) who provide finance, and advise on future research directions. We welcome enquiries regarding consortium membership and support, including industrial internships and NERC CASE awards with industrial partners. Please contact Dr Fiona Whitaker for further information.

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More information is available to sponsors and selected educational users. Please contact Dr Fiona Whitaker for further details and access to these resources.