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The Stratigraphy of Sundaland: Current Perspectives and Future of the Science

Tuesday, 5 October Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Workshop via Zoom (Singapore, Singapore time)

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Stratigraphy remains an essential part of geoscience practices. It provides our conceptual framework for visualizing how layers are arranged and connected in the subsurface. Commonly stereotyped as a black box of names and descriptions of fossils, stratigraphy is in reality dynamic and, by integration with other techniques, can be highly predictive.

There are still many disagreements, uncertainties and gaps in our knowledge regarding the stratigraphic architecture of many basins throughout Sundaland and surrounding regions of Southeast Asia. Recent advances in our understanding of stratigraphy in the region has been led by rapid advances in technology, new data, new ideas as well as a fresh look at old data and previous work. There is also an increasing concern within the stratigraphic community regarding the practice and application of their discipline and the future of the profession. The workshop aims to share, discuss and explore many of the new ideas regarding the stratigraphy of the hydrocarbon-bearing basins throughout Sundaland. The workshop also will provide a virtual platform for discussion and knowledge sharing, bringing workers and scholars on stratigraphy from different backgrounds together.

This 2-day workshop will address the following questions:

  • What are the current trends in technology and theoretical breakthroughs influencing stratigraphy in the Sundaland region?
  • Will Stratigraphy (traditional techniques like micropaleontology, palynology, etc) be replaced by technology (seismic etc.) and become extinct?
  • How to improve integration between biostratigraphy and seismic/sequence stratigraphy to solve subsurface correlation problems.
  • With stratigraphy specialists and practitioners becoming rarer, how to attract new generation of stratigraphers? What’s needed to revise or enhance university curriculum, for example?
  • Is there a need for Sundaland Stratigraphic DataBase - a platform for sharing stratigraphic information and as reference point (e.g. fossil collection, photographs, type sections, index species, microfossil slides, specimens etc)
  • How do we apply stratigraphy in climate change studies?
  • Is there a need for a Network of Stratigraphers in SE Asia?
Keynote Speakers
Robert Morley
Dr. Robert J Morley
Director, Palynova, UK
"Correlation and Age Interpretation In Marine And Non-Marine Successions Across Sundaland Using the Approach of Sequence Biostratigraphy"
Peter Lunt
Peter Lunt
Stratos Energy Advisors/Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia/Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, China
"Models Have Failed Us, We Need Evidence-based Stratigraphy in S.E. Asia"
Yahdi Zaim
Professor Yahdi Zaim
Lecturer, Paleontology and Quaternary Geology Research Group, Institute Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
"Paleogene Vertebrates Fossils from Ombilin Basin (West Sumatra) and Asem-Asem Basin (South Kalimantan) - Indonesia: Some Evidences for Paleogene Sundaland Connection"
Dylan Mair
Prof. Tokiyuki Sato
Distinguished Professor, Akita University, Japan
"Reconstruction of the Late Cenozoic Basin History of East Java, based on Calcareous Nannofossil Biostratigraphy"
Bilal Haq
Dr. Bilal Ul Haq
Lecturer, Sorbonne University, Paris, France and Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
"Whither Stratigraphy?"
Pinxian Wang
Professor Pinxian Wang
Lecturer, Tongji University (Oceanography Department), China
"Evolution of the South China Sea: New Results from a Decade of Research"
Stephen Noon
Stephen Noon
Independent Geoscientist, Malaysia
"The Evolution of Effective Biostratigraphy in Sundaland: Ways and Means"
Professor Ian Metcalfe
Adjunct Professor, Earth Sciences, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, NSW, Australia
"Palaeozoic and Mesozoic Stratigraphy, Tectonics and Palaeogeography of Sundaland"
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Tengku Mohd Syazwan Hassan Tengku Mohd Syazwan Hassan Advisory Board Principal (Stratigraphy), PETRONAS, Malaysia
Nicholas Hoggmascall Nicholas Hoggmascall Advisory Board Offshore Near Field Exploration Lead, Brunei Shell Petroleum, Brunei Darussalam
Mazlan Madon Mazlan Madon Advisory Board Retired Geologist, Malaysia
Dwandari Ralanarko Dwandari Ralanarko Advisory Board Subsurface Development, Pertamina, Indonesia
Meor Hakif Amir Hassan Meor Hakif Amir Hassan Co-Convener Lecturer, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Herman Darman Herman Darman Co-Convener Principal Geoscientist, PETRONAS Carigali, Indonesia
Mohd Shafiq Firdauz Abdul Razak Mohd Shafiq Firdauz Abdul Razak Committee Member Geologist, Beicip-Franlab Asia, Malaysia
Ahmad Nazmi Mohd Noor Azudin Ahmad Nazmi Mohd Noor Azudin Committee Member Carbonate Sedimentologist, PETRONAS, Malaysia
Nurliyana Abd Razak Nurliyana Abd Razak Committee Member AAPG Student Chapter Vice President, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Wei Di Gan Wei Di Gan Committee Member Geophysicist, Repsol, Malaysia
Fatin Fariha Mohd Wafa Fatin Fariha Mohd Wafa Committee Member SIS Geologist, Schlumberger, Malaysia
Rosanele Romero Rosanele Romero Committee Member Geologist | Senior Basin Researcher (IHS Markit), The Philippines
Grace Mawengkang Grace Mawengkang Committee Member Geoscientist, Elnusa, Indonesia
Desianne Kinanthi Desianne Kinanthi Committee Member Geoscientist, Eksindo Pratama, Indonesia
Avalon Chin Soon Mun Avalon Chin Soon Mun Committee Member Stratigrapher, PETRONAS, Malaysia
Piyaphong Chenrai Piyaphong Chenrai Committee Member Assistant Professor, Petroleum Geoscience Program, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Rafika Ismail Rafika Ismail Committee Member Independent Geologist Consultant, Malaysia
Imtiyaz Atsarina Imtiyaz Atsarina Committee Member Geological Data Analyst, PT Patra Nusa Data, Indonesia
Adrienne Pereira Programs Manager, AAPG Asia Pacific Region
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