Petroleum System Modelling is often a local or sub-regional exercise where a favorite software is fed with standard input, typically focusing on the local source and reservoir rocks, burial history, structural evolution and trap formation and some form of seal. Here we suggest that grand scale geodynamic thinking may significantly change the outcome of petroleum system models, both in mature and frontier hydrocarbon provinces. Using geodynamic modeling tools, we examine the effects of continental break up, volcanism, erosion, glaciation, and of course basin evolution, and zoom in to field scale observation and data. We will demonstrate that considering major geodynamic themes will shift ‘night and day’ for exploration concepts. The examples presented will show how petroleum systems at, or near, the Arctic was influenced by surface processes, including glaciations and erosion, continental break up and volcanism. In some case these processes has been destructive, in other help charge giant oil-fields.


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