European dates for 2012 DISC tour announced

Tulsa (03 February 2012) – Chris Liner of the University of Houston will tour Europe in the spring of 2012 as the SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC) lecturer. He will lecture on the topic of Elements of Seismic Dispersion: A somewhat practical guide to frequency-dependent phenomena. Mr. Liner will make multiple stops throughout Europe beginning on 17 May 2012 in Moscow. The European leg of the tour will conclude with stops in Copenhagen on 02 June 2012 and Paris on 14 June 2012.

Currently in its 14th year, the DISC is an eight-hour, one-day short course on a topic of current and wide-spread interest. Selection as the DISC instructor is viewed as a major honor and recognition of excellence by the SEG. The chosen instructor is a prominent geophysicist whose work and presentation appeal to a wide audience ranging from students to professionals.

The course, Elements of Dispersion: A somewhat practical guide to frequency-dependent phenomena, is framed along the lines of acquisition, processing, and interpretation to contain material of interest to the entire spectrum of seismic geophysicists. Those attending the lecture can expect to gain a broad understanding of dispersive phenomena and related investigation tools, understand the fundamental difference between intrinsic and apparent dispersion phenomena, improve knowledge of the reflection process beyond the classic model, and to acquire an appreciation of historical development and a deep guide to the literature for self-study.

Christopher L. Liner joined the faculty of the University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in January 2008 and is now professor and associate director of the Allied Geophysical Laboratories industrial consortium. He earned a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Arkansas in 1978, a master of science degree in geophysics from the University of Tulsa in 1980, and a PhD in geophysics from the Center for Wave Phenomena at Colorado School of Mines in 1989. Liner's research interests include petroleum reservoir characterization and monitoring, CO2 sequestration geophysics, advanced seismic-interpretation methods, seismic data analysis and processing, near surface, anisotropy, and seismic wave propagation.

The SEG 2012 Distinguished Instructor Short Course Lecture Tour with Chris Liner will visit Europe in the spring of 2012 with a total of seven stops across the continent. Locations include Moscow, Milan, London, Aberdeen, Stavanger, Copenhagen, and Paris.

To view the complete 2012 DISC tour schedule and for registration information, visit

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