My research is focussed on the migration of hydrocarbon fluids because it impacts directly on the formation and on the evolution of both deep reservoirs and shallow commercial/hazardous accumulations of gas. I’m working primarily with seismic and well log data which represent one of the leading exploration methods used in oil and gas industries and also in scientific research. In detail my work involves rock physics analysis and quantitative seismic interpretation to understand the style and the impact of the hydrocarbon fluids on the host rocks. In particular I’m interested on how saturation and distribution of hydrocarbons varies within direct hydrocarbon indicators and how these parameters control the evolution of complex fluid flow structures observed within proliferous basins.
Within the Shell-Oxford Collaboration I’m directly and indirectly involved in many projects including, i) numerical modelling and evolution of vertical anomaly clusters (VACs), ii) AVO, attribute analysis and quantitative interpretation of fluid flow structures, iii) modelling of gas hydrate systems.
I’m the manager of the Shell Geoscience Laboratory (SGL).
View Selected Publications
M. Foschi, and J.A. Cartwright. South Falkland Basin: hydrocarbon migration and petroleum system. Marine and Petroleum Geology. (Accepted)
Paganoni, J.A. Cartwright, M. Foschi, P. Van Rensbergen, C. Shipp. 2014. Controls on the Seismic Expression of Gas Hydrates in Marine Settings. EAGE Shallow Anomalies Workshop. We F04. 10.3997/2214-4609.20147440
M. Foschi, and J.A. Cartwright. 2014. Hydrocarbon Plumbing System in the South Falkland Basin. EAGE Shallow Anomalies Workshop. Tu D05. 10.3997/2214-4609.20147431
M. Foschi, J.A. Cartwright, F. J. Peel. 2014. Vertical anomaly clusters: Evidence for vertical gas migration across multilayered sealing sequences. AAPG Bulletin. 98, no. 9, 1859–1884. 10.1306/04051413121
Bureau, R. Mourgues, J.A. Cartwright, M. Foschi, M.M. Abdelmalak. 2013. Characterisation of interactions between a pre-existing polygonal fault system and sandstone intrusions and the determination of paleo-stresses in the Faroe-Shetland basin. Journal of Structural Geology. 46, 186-199. 10.1016/j.jsg.2012.09.003
M.I. Hajana, M. Foschi, J.A. Cartwright. Atlas of Hydrocarbon Leakage and Migration. Caprocks Group, 2013. p.91