Observations and numerical modeling of debris flows in the Na Kika Basin, Gulf of Mexico

Carlos Pirmez, Craig Shipp, Frans Kopp, Jeffrey Marr

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The Na Kika Basin in the eastern Gulf of Mexico experienced debris-flow events in geologically recent times (Late Pleistocene to Recent). To assess the potential risk of such debris-flows to the pipelines and structures associated with the Na Kika field development we performed a semi-quantitative risk assessment of the potential impact of debris-flows to the proposed pipeline network. The numerical model BING was used in conjunction with available sediment core information, seismic, and bathymetric data to model a number of sediment failure scenarios. Calibration of the model was done using data from two existing debris flow deposits. After calibration the model was used to simulate specific scenarios, using bathymetric profiles extending from potential source failure areas to proposed pipeline locations. We found that flows with sufficient volumes to impact the proposed engineering structures are generally inconsistent with observed geologic conditions in the area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOffshore Technology Conference 2004, OTC 2004
PublisherOffshore Technology Conference
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781615679713
StatePublished - 2004
EventOffshore Technology Conference 2004, OTC 2004 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: May 3 2004May 6 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-3663


OtherOffshore Technology Conference 2004, OTC 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX


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