Public domain satellite gravity inversion offshore Somalia combining layered-Earth and voxel based modelling

At the end of 2016, Spectrum Geo released two long offset seismic reflection profiles across the Somalian rifted margin, in the Juba Lamu and Obbia basins respectively – part of two larger 2D surveys acquired in 2014 and 2015/16 (Stanca et al., 2016;Figure 1). In frontier areas, potential field data interpretation, in particular public domain satellite-derived gravity, can play a key role in the early stages of exploration by identifying basement
structure, sediment thickness, and the continental-oceanic crust transition (COT) or continental-oceanic boundary (COB), and hence indirectly contribute to the understanding of thermal history and the hydrocarbon system. This is particularly relevant over the Somalia margin, where geophysical surveys have been extremely sparse until very recent years. A high-gradient in the gravity is often used as a marker of the COB along passive margins (see Pawlowski (2008) for a review), expressing laterally contrasting physical properties between the continental and oceanic crusts.