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Our sponsors enjoy access to:

  • the complete CBTH GIS Database, Phases I-VI for use with ESRI's ArcGIS
  • Access to the CBTH Sponsors Website, which allows direct download of CBTH data, documents, presentations, and more.
  • Access to Geopost, a web mapping application developed for CBTH Sponsors that allows all CBTH GIS data to be mapped, viewed, and downloaded easily through your web browser.
  • Posters and presentations from conferences and events authored by CBTH students and researchers, added in real time throughout the year
  • CBTH student theses and dissertations
  • SEG-Y data converted from scans of vintage seismic datasets
  • Preprints of papers and internal reports

If you would like to become a sponsor or receive information about becoming a sponsor of the CBTH Project, please e-mail us at, or contact our research staff using the e-mail addresses provided on our Project Researchers page

Phase Information

CBTH — Phase I (September 2005 - August 2008)

CBTH Phase I began on September 1, 2005, and ended on August 31, 2008. The proposal for Phase I is available online (pdf).

CBTH — Phase II (September 2008 - August 2011)

CBTH Phase II began September 1, 2008, and ended on August 31, 2011. The proposal for Phase II is available online (pdf).

CBTH — Phase III (September 2011 - August 2014)

CBTH Phase III began September 1, 2011 and ended on August 31, 2014. The proposal for Phase III is available online (pdf).

CBTH — Phase IV (September 2014 - August 2017)

CBTH Phase IV began on September 1, 2014 and ended on August 31, 2017. The proposal for Phase IV is available online (pdf).

CBTH — Phase V (September 2017 - August 2020)

CBTH Phase V began on September 1, 2017 and ended on August 31, 2020. The proposal for Phase V is available online (pdf).

CBTH — Phase VI (September 2020 - August 2023)

CBTH Phase VI began on September 1, 2020 and ended on August 31, 2023. The proposal for Phase VI is available online (pdf).

CBTH — Phase VII (September 2023 - August 2026)

CBTH Phase VII began on September 1, 2023 and will end on August 31, 2026. The proposal for Phase VII is available online (pdf).

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for Phase VII, which includes all data from Phases I - VI, please contact us.


The CBTH study area for Phase VII is shown below. This area includes the oil-rich areas of the Mexican and US sectors of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and northern South America, as well as the conjugate margins of Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, and west Africa.

CBTH Study Area (revised September 2023)

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The CBTH study area for Phase VII, Year 1. Numbered boxes correspond to the following regions:

  • 1) Nicaraguan Rise, Caribbean Sea
  • 2) Colombian Basin, Colombian and Panamanian Caribbean margins
  • 3) Barbados accretionary prism, Caribbean
  • 4) Guyana-Suriname margin, northeastern South America
  • 5) Equatorial Brazil
  • 6) Campos-Santos basins, Brazil
  • 7) Uruguayan/Argentinian margin
  • 8) Namibian margin, west Africa
  • 9) Equatorial Guinea margin, west Africa
  • 10) Niger Delta, west Africa
  • 11) Mauritania-Guinea Plateau margin, northwest Africa
  • 12) Morocco-Nova Scotia conjugate, northwest Africa and east coast of North America

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