Robertson Predictions

Robertson Predictions (formerly Merlin+) provides a unique combination of paleogeography, paleo-Earth systems and predictive models designed to reduce exploration risk. The identification of viable new exploration opportunities is becoming progressively more difficult and to be ahead of the pack innovative methods are required; Predictions is designed to provide these innovations.


The precursor MERLIN Project (2007) focussed on the prediction of unknown source facies. It involved a major investment over a 10 year period. In 2012 the original data and methodologies were brought together with new time slice datasets and revised predictive capabilities to form the basis of a new project: Robertson Predictions.

The goal of Robertson Predictions is to reduce exploration risk in under-explored and frontier basins through the prediction of source and reservoir facies. Subscribers gain competitive advantage from the use of these innovations and benefit directly from the initial investment and Robertson intellectual property.

Robertson Predictions is based on proven methodologies that have enabled the prediction of source facies globally. Comparison of the marine source facies predictions to known source rock data shows a greater than 80% accuracy, giving confidence to the prediction of source facies for both conventional and unconventional plays. Robertson Predictions provides participants with a unique, innovative, data constrained solution that delivers genuine commercial advantage in seeking investment opportunities in under-explored basins. 


  • Global approach to reducing exploration risk in underexplored and frontier basins.
  • Objectivity: project based on data, rather than models, and therefore necessitating the compilation of an extensive paleogeographic mapping data resource, including climate proxy data. The project database draws on Robertson’s extensive non-proprietary resources and makes full use of the Robertson Geochemistry database.
  • Detailed paleogeographic mapping, guided and constrained by the global geological database, provides the unique input data to run meaningful Earth systems models.
  • Incorporation of paleo-Earth systems (paleoclimate) models, particularly the latest available UK Meteorological Office HadCM3 model. This coupled atmosphere/ocean model (A/OGCM) is one of a new generation of general circulation models (GCMs), which had been tested in the precursor projects.
  • Incorporation of the Imperial College Ocean Model (ICOM), a state-of-the-art global unstructured mesh paleotidal model.
  • Use of climate proxy data in checking the veracity of paleo-Earth systems model results, and use of Robertson geochemical data in assessing the quality of the project source facies predictions.
  • Simple integration into workflows for explorationists.


Robertson Plate Kinematics plate reconstructions are used to form the base maps for Robertson Predictions paleogeographic mapping. Plate Kinematics includes a unique deformable plates capability that has a direct effect on the accuracy of the paleogeographic maps produced. Plate Kinematics is compiled from Robertson's in-house structural database, a vast library of non-proprietary reports and literature from the public domain.


Predictions includes 18 time slice datasets:

  • Global data constrained paleogeography, paleotopography and paleobathymetry
  • Paleo-Earth systems model results
  • Paleotidal model results
  • Project predictions:
    • Source facies predictions for each time slice
    • Clastic sediment flux predictions for each time slice


The full suite of multi-client products and databases is available through the Robertson GeoVerse Portal

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