Course 1 (in-person and online)

Short course on deepwater sedimentary systems: an overview

30 November 2023
9:00 – 13:00 Istanbul Local Time (= UTC+3)

Participation Fee:

  • 0 Euros (student)
  • 50 Euros (academic)
  • 100 Euros (professional)


  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists and oceanographers


Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences at Istanbul Technical University (see Campus Map)

About the course:

This is a half-day state-of-the-art course from a world leader in deepwater systems. The course summarises the key processes and facies for downslope, alongslope and pelagic systems. It addresses the nature and recognition of architectural elements, and considers the internal and external controls that determine their overall geometry and occurrence. These data and concepts will be illustrated with case studies from around the world – including modern systems, ancient outcrop analogues and subsurface examples. Participants will receive a full set of the PowerPoint presentations.

Course Content:

  1. Introduction and Downslope Systems: processes, facies, facies models
  2. Alongslope Systems: processes, facies, facies models
  3. Pelagic (Open Ocean) Systems: processes, facies, facies models
  4. Deepwater architectural elements, systems and controls
  5. The deepwater challenge, environment and resources


  • Dorrik Stow

    Dorrik Stow

    Emeritus Professor, Consultant and Author
    Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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Professor Dorrik Stow FRSE is a world-renowned sedimentologist, geologist and oceanographer. He is a leading specialist in deepwater sedimentary systems, with 45 years research experience in modern, ancient and subsurface sediments. He has a particular interest in turbidites, contourites, shale-rocks, geo-hazards and deepwater resources. His extensive record of scientific publications includes over 300 scientific papers and reports, numerous books and edited volumes. He has carried out scientific expeditions in all the world’s oceans and visited or worked in more than 50 countries. He has worked both in the oil and gas industry (Britoil and BP) and in different universities across Europe, North America and China. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Geoscience at Heriot-Watt University and Distinguished Professor at the China University of Geoscience, Wuhan. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (Edinburgh), Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, Visiting Fellow at Tokyo Gagukei University, Japan and formerly Director of the Institute of Geo-energy Engineering.