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Tom Bjorklund

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Tom Bjorklund

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Research Scientist

Ph.D., 2002, Geology, University of Houston
M.A., 1962, Geology, University of Texas
B.S., 1960, Geology, California Institute of Technology

Office: 327-D SR1
Phone: (832) 816-9982
tbjorklund@uh.edu

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Research Interests

The focus of current research is (1) to better understand the structural evolution of the Los Angeles basin area and the continental borderland region with emphasis on the use of seismic data to characterize the deep structure of offshore basins and (2) to clarify climate change issues by applying oil and gas industry uncertainty analysis methodology.

Areas of Expertise: Active Tectonics, Petroleum Geology

Biographical Information

Dr. Bjorklund is a Research Scientist at the University of Houston.  His current studies have focused on the geological evolution of the Los Angeles basin and continental borderland and its impact on the petroleum potential of the region and the application of advanced seismic attributes to characterize complex reservoirs. He has supervisory and technical experience with three major oil and gas companies that range from exploitation and close-in exploration in the West Coast, Rocky Mountain, and Mid-continent areas of the US to international operations in the offshore of Trinidad and China and in the Northwest Territories of Pakistan. He has broad-based skills in structural geology, reservoir description, reserve estimation, and risk-weighted prospect analysis. He has experience with IHS Kingdom, 2DMove and Arc-Info. Dr. Bjorklund is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas and a consultant to the petroleum industry.

Summary of Professional Experience

Current Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • *Christopher Gantela, Aifei Bian, Hua-Wei Zhou, Tom Bjorklund, 2015, Demasking Multiple Artifact in Crustal Seismic Images from Marine Reflection Data in the Southern California Borderland, Journal of Earth Science, Vol. 26, No. 4, August 2015,  592–597 (printed in China)
  • Hua-wei Zhou, Li Li, Tom Bjorklund and Michael Thornton, 2010, A comparative analysis of deformable layer tomography and cell tomography along the LARSE lines in southern California, Geophysical Journal International, Volume 180, Issue 3, March 2010, 1200-1222.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2007, The Case for Using Extended Reach Drilling to Develop California OCS Reserves from Onshore Locations, AAPG, Search and Discovery Article #40235.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2006, Drilling advances warrant new look at leasing of Pacific OCS, Oil & Gas Journal, Aug 7, 2006, v. 104(29), 20-23.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2003, The Whittier fault trend: Cross sections, structure maps, and well tops in the major oil producing area of the northeastern Los Angeles basin, Search and Discovery, Article #10038.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2003, The Whittier Fault Trend in the Major Oil Producing Area of the Northeastern Los Angeles Basin: Interpretation and Data, Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1.
  • Bjorklund, T., Burke, K., 2002, Four-dimensional analysis of the inversion of a half-graben to form the Whittier fold-fault system of the Los Angeles basin, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 24(9), 1369-1397. (PDF available on Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1.)
  • Bjorklund, T., Burke, K., Yeats, R. S., and Zhou, H., 2002, Miocene rifting in the Los Angeles basin: Evidence from the Puente Hills half-graben, volcanic rocks and P-wave tomography, Geology, 30, 447-450. (PDF available on Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1.)

Complete Publications

  • Bjorklund, T., 2007, Abstract: The Case for Using Extended Reach Drilling to Develop California OCS Reserves from Onshore Locations, AAPG 2007 Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, p. 13.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2006, Drilling advances warrant new look at leasing of Pacific OCS, Oil & Gas Journal, Aug 7, 2006, v. 104(29), 20-23.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2004, Abstract: Four-Dimensional Analysis of the Whittier Fault, Los Angeles Basin, California: A Model for Oil-Productive,Inverted Half-Grabens Associated with Continental Transform Fault Systems, AAPG 2004 Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, A13.
  • Bjorklund, T., and Zhou, H., 2003, An Integrated analysis of tomographic and geologic data in the Los Angeles basin: Implications for models of basin evolution and active faults, GSA Annual Meeting: Abstracts with programs, Seattle, Vol. 35(6), 238-1.
  • Zhou, H., and Bjorklund, T., 2003, High-resolution, travel-time tomography in the southern California region: The present and the future, SCEC Annual Meeting, Proceedings and Abstracts, Volume XIII, Oxnard, California, September 7-11, p. 159.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2003, The Whittier fault trend: Cross sections, structure maps, and well tops in the major oil producing area of the northeastern Los Angeles basin, Search and Discovery, Article #10038.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2003, The Whittier Fault Trend in the Major Oil Producing Area of the Northeastern Los Angeles Basin: Interpretation and Data, Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1.
  • Bjorklund, T and Zhou, H, 2002, Crustal Tomographic Models of the Greater Los Angeles Basin, Eos Trans. AGU, 83(47), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract S21A-0971, 2002.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2002, Evolution of the Whittier fold-fault system of the northeastern Los Angeles basin, California, Dissertation, University of Houston, Houston 145 p.
  • Bjorklund, T., Burke, K., 2002, Four-dimensional analysis of the inversion of a half-graben to form the Whittier fold-fault system of the Los Angeles basin, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 24(9), 1369-1397. (PDF available on Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1.)
  • Bjorklund, T., Burke, K., Yeats, R. S., and Zhou, H., 2002, Miocene rifting in the Los Angeles basin: Evidence from the Puente Hills half-graben, volcanic rocks and P-wave tomography, Geology, 30, 447-450. (PDF available on Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1, http://bookstore.aapg.org.)
  • Bjorklund, T., Burke, K., Zhou, H., and Yeats, R. S., 2001, Abstract: Miocene extension, volcanism and possibly associated upper crustal P-wave velocity anomalies in the northeastern Los Angeles basin, Eos. Trans. AGU, 82(47), Fall Meet. Suppl., S11A-0535.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2000, Abstract: Analysis of the inversion of the active Whittier fold-fault system, Los Angeles basin, California, over the past 14 m.y. using oil field, outcrop and earthquake mechanism data sets, 2000 GSA Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada, A-241.
  • Bjorklund, T. K., 1998, Abstract: Geometry and kinematics of the Whittier fault in the Brea-Olinda oil field, Pacific Section AAPG meeting, April 29-May 1, 1998, AAPG Bulletin, 82(5A), 842.
  • Bjorklund, Thomas K., 1962, Structure of Horse Mountain anticline, Brewster County, Texas Dissertation, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 74 p.

Web Publications

  • Bjorklund, T., et al., 2007, Application of Cutting-Edge 3-D Seismic Attribute Technology to the Assessment of Geological Reservoirs for CO2 Sequestration, University Coal Research / Historically Black Colleges and Universities & Other Minority Institutions Contractors Review Meeting June 5-6, 2007, DOE NETL, Pittsburgh, PA.
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  • Bjorklund, T., 2007, The Case for Using Extended Reach Drilling to Develop California OCS Reserves from Onshore Locations, AAPG, Search and Discovery Article #40235.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2003, The Whittier fault trend: Cross sections, structure maps, and well tops in the major oil producing area of the northeastern Los Angeles basin, Search and Discovery, Article #10038.
  • Bjorklund, T., 2003, The Whittier Fault Trend in the Major Oil Producing Area of the Northeastern Los Angeles Basin: Interpretation and Data, Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1.
  • Bjorklund, T., Burke, K., 2002, Four-dimensional analysis of the inversion of a half-graben to form the Whittier fold-fault system of the Los Angeles basin, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 24(9), 1369-1397. (PDF available on Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1.)
  • Bjorklund, T., Burke, K., Yeats, R. S., and Zhou, H., 2002, Miocene rifting in the Los Angeles basin: Evidence from the Puente Hills half-graben, volcanic rocks and P-wave tomography, Geology, 30, 447-450. (PDF available on Search and Discovery, CD-ROM Series #1, http://bookstore.aapg.org.)

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