Refinement and Validation of the Sequence Model
TEXAS UNIV-PAN AMERICAN EDINBURG
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A key goal of the STRATAFORM program has been to use observations of sedimentary processes operating on short time scales to improve our understanding of the development of stratigraphic sequences over time scales of 104 - 106 years. Tremendous progress in modeling sedimentary processes has been made under the program. However, further work is needed to achieve the goal of a process-based model for predicting the development of stratigraphic sequences. The Post-STRATAFORM modeling effort is focussed on two integrative, sequence-oriented modeling systems based on the SEDFLUX and SEQUENCE models. The key development tasks for the SEQUENCE modeling system include a parameterization of slope and basin processes, linkage of the new slope and basin models into the model system, and model validation. My research contributes to the future development of SEQUENCE in three key areas establishing rules for slope bypassing, specification of model forcing over long time scales, and testing of the SEQUENCE model against stratigraphic data in the STRATAFORM study areas.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography