Workshop “Shales at All Scales: Exploring Coupled Processes” Is a Success

July 30, 2015 5:29 pm Published by

This workshop, held June 9–11 in Santa Fe, explored physical and geochemical processes in shale controlled by diagenesis; nano-confinement and pore-scale coupled processes in shale; fracture and coupled processes of shale; and multi-scale, multi-physics behavior of shale. Please see the workshop website for the list of speakers, presentations, and the meeting agenda.

Shales at All Scales gathered 47 participants from many institutions.

During the breakout sessions, participants mapped out research gaps to be filled in geomechanics and fractures; geochemistry; and geology, fluid flow, and transport. The workshop identified key research needed to characterize, understand, and predict multiscale-coupled processes in shale.

The workshop also included a field trip to the Cerrillos Hills area, New Mexico, which included examples of shale heterogeneity, lithofacies, and fractures in the Mancos shale.

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