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JEF 436E - Hydrocarbon Geophysics

Course Objectives

1. To have basic knowledge about hydrocarbons , their main types (coal, oil, natural gas, gas hydrates), origins,
occurrences, reserves etc.
2. To learn hydrocarbon exploration methods in Geophysics; Passive (Gravity, magnetic and EM) and active methods
(seismic methods) theory and practices.
3. Discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of active and passive methods, correlation with each other.
4. To have knowledge about a new energy source, gas hydrates, their energy and environmental importance and methods
to exploration and production.
5. To improve student knowledge with paper presentations about hydrocarbon geophysics.

Course Description

Description of Hydrocarbons (Fossil Fuels), A brief history of hydrocarbon exploration, Passive Geophysical methods
for hydrocarbon explorations (Gravity, Magnetic and EM methods., Theory and Principles), Student presentations-I
(first project topics- coal, oil and natural gas explorations with passive geophysical methods), Active geophysical
methods for hydrocarbon explorations (Seismic methods, Theory and Principles), Introduction to seismic amplitudeversus-offset
(AVO) Analysis, Seismic modeling of hydrocarbon bearing structural traps (geometrical and resolutional
aspects), A new energy source, Gas Hydrates, Exploration of gas hydrates and their economic and enviromental
importance, Student presentations-II (second project topics- Oil, natural gas and gas hydrate explorations with active
geophysical methods), Overall evaluation of the methods in hydrocarbon exploration

Course Coordinator
Neslihan Ocakoğlu Gökaşan
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