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Remote Sensing in Action: The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes and Albert EinsteinRemote Sensing in Action: The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes and Albert Einstein

Enders A. Robinson and Dean Clark
Remote Sensing in Action: The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes and Albert Einstein (SEG Geophysical Monograph Series No. 18) by Enders A. Robinson and Dean Clark questions a basic assumption of the scientific method — that new theories or experimental results are communicated effectively by traditional methods (e.g., presentations at professional meetings or publication in a peer-reviewed journal) — and suggests that the scientific method needs to be applied to the scientific method itself to find out if other styles of communication might work better. In a highly entertaining format, the book uses the enormously popular fictional characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to unravel and explain the historical underpinnings of remote sensing. The extended appendices guarantee that all of the science of remote sensing is included in this book of "scientific fiction." The story covers more than 2000 years, beginning with Pythagoras in ancient Greece and ending with Einstein's first article on relativity in 1905. Light-years beyond a traditional science textbook, this detective story set in 1905 will teach students of all ages about the exciting journey of scientific discovery.

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Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing: Improved Engineering of Unconventional Shale ReservoirsMicroseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing: Improved Engineering of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs

Shawn Maxwell
Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing: Improved Engineering of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs (SEG Distinguished Instructor Series No. 17) covers the use of microseismic data to enhance engineering design of hydraulic fracturing and well completion. The book, which accompanies the 2014 SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course, describes the design, acquisition, processing, and interpretation of an effective microseismic project. The text includes a tutorial of the basics of hydraulic fracturing, including the geologic and geomechanical factors that control fracture growth. In addition to practical issues associated with collecting and interpreting microseismic data, potential pitfalls and quality-control steps are discussed. Actual case studies are used to demonstrate engineering benefits and improved production through the use of microseismic monitoring. Providing a practical user guide for survey design, quality control, interpretation, and application of microseismic hydraulic fracture monitoring, this book will be of interest to geoscientists and engineers involved in development of unconventional reservoirs.

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Hydrocarbon Seepage: From Source to SurfaceHydrocarbon Seepage: From Source to Surface

Edited by Fred Aminzadeh, Timothy B. Berge, and David L. Connolly
With the increased resolution power of many geophysical methods, we are seeing direct evidence of seeps on a wide variety of data, including conventional seismic. New methods and technology have also evolved to better measure and detect seeps and their artifacts and reservoir charge and to map migration and remigration routes. In addition, detection of seepage is important for minimizing the risks associated with shallow gas drilling hazards, ensuring platform stability, and preventing well blow-outs. This volume (SEG Geophysical Developments Series No. 16) is organized into three sections, each with a different focus. The first section, "Descriptions and Observations of Seeps," includes field studies, observations of seep environments, migration systems, and use of modern sampling techniques. The second section, "Science of Seepage — Methodology," discusses new techniques including DNA sampling, use of biomarkers, neural network analysis, and remote multispectral analysis. The final section, "Implications of Seeps," shows how seeps may be used to reduce prospect risk and assess risk elements such as trap seal and fault leakage. This volume, copublished by SEG and AAPG, is intended to be a landmark reference for understanding seep occurrences and demonstrating the development and use of new technologies to image them with a focus on exploration and field development applications. It will be a valuable reference to geologists, geophysicists, and petroleum engineers everywhere.

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Fundamentals of Gravity ExplorationGeological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data

David J. Isles and Leigh R. Rankin
In addition to covering the basic physics of magnetic anomalies and chemistry of magnetization in rocks, this book (PDF on CD) features three expansively worked examples illustrating the integration of aeromagnetics and geology in terrains ranging from Archaean ‘granite-greenstone' to Phanerozoic sedimentary basins. It generously illustrates modern imagery and the basic steps in the integration and interpretation process. Based on the short course "Geological Interpretation and Structural Analysis of Aeromagnetic Data" conducted by the authors since 1995, the book provides readers with the basic qualitative observation and interpretation skills necessary for integration of aeromagnetics with geology. It is suited to both explorers and mappers and covers the basic targeting concepts used in mineral, hydrocarbon, and groundwater exploration. A practical manual for aeromagnetic interpretation, this book is written primarily for geologists and was copublished by ASEG and SEG.

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Practical Applications of Time-lapse Seismic DataPractical Applications of Time-lapse Seismic Data

David H. Johnston
Time-lapse (4D) seismic technology is a key enabler for improved hydrocarbon recovery and more cost-effective field operations. Practical Applications of Time-lapse Seismic Data (SEG Distinguished Instructor Series No. 16) shows how 4D seismic data are used for reservoir surveillance, how they provide valuable insight on dynamic reservoir properties such as fluid saturation, pressure, and temperature, and how they add value to reservoir management. The material, based on the 2013 SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course, includes discussions of reservoir-engineering concepts and rock physics critical to the understanding of 4D data, along with topics in 4D seismic acquisition and processing. A primary focus of the book is interpretation and data integration. Case-study examples are used to demonstrate key concepts and are drawn on to demonstrate the range of interpretation methods currently employed by industry and the diversity of geologic settings and production scenarios in which 4D is making a difference. Time-lapse seismic interpretation is inherently integrative, drawing on geophysical, geologic, and reservoir-engineering data and concepts. As a result, this book should be of interest to individuals from all subsurface disciplines.

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Fundamentals of Gravity ExplorationFundamentals of Gravity Exploration

By Thomas R. LaFehr and Misac N. Nabighian
Fundamentals of Gravity Exploration (Geophysical Monograph Series No. 17) covers a full range of gravity-exploration topics, including first principles, field instrumentation and operations, rock densities and density contrasts, data reduction, methods of interpretation, and geologic examples. The subject matter includes inversion and an appendix on the Fourier transform. This book will help students to efficiently gain knowledge and appreciation for the method, and it will provide experienced earth scientists with a valuable addition to their exploration libraries, both for reference and understanding of this important method.

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3D Seismic Survey Design, second edition3D Seismic Survey Design, second edition

By Gijs J. O. Vermeer
Since the first edition of 3D Seismic Survey Design appeared in 2002, seismic data acquisition has seen many changes, most of which have been captured in this second edition. This book by Gijs Vermeer describes in detail the properties of 3D acquisition geometries and shows how these properties naturally lead to the 3D symmetric sampling approach to 3D survey design. Many examples from the literature are used to illustrate good and less good choices of acquisition parameters. The link between survey parameters and noise suppression as well as imaging is an intrinsic part of the contents. This book should be of great interest to the designer of 3D seismic surveys, but also to every geophysicist who uses 3D seismic data to retrieve accurate information on the properties of the subsurface. 

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Numerical Modeling of Seismic Wave Propagation: Gridded Two-way Wave-equation MethodsNumerical Modeling of Seismic Wave Propagation: Gridded Two-way Wave-equation Methods

Edited by Johan O. A. Robertsson, Joakim O. Blanch, Kurt Nihei, and Jeroen Tromp
Modeling of seismic wave propagation is a core component in almost every aspect of exploration seismology, ranging from survey design methods to imaging and inversion algorithms. The last and only time SEG published a reprint volume on numerical modeling was in 1990. Since then, the last two decades has seen a step change in the application and use of "full wave equation" modeling methods enabled by the tremendous increase in available computational power. Full waveform inversion, reverse time migration and 3D elastic finite-difference synthetic data generation are examples of modeling applications that are currently having a fundamental impact on our business. In Numerical Modeling of Seismic Wave Propagation: Gridded Two-way Wave-equation Methods, readers will find many of the well-known and referenced papers from the exploration seismic community as well as some of the key papers that have impacted other fields of seismology. Because the modeling literature is huge, we have limited the scope of the reprint volume to papers over the last two decades on modeling methods based on the full wave equation. The reprint volume will be of particular interest to researchers and practitioners interested in modeling methods and their applications.

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Seismic Signatures and Analysis of Reflection Data in Anisotropic Media, third editionSeismic Signatures and Analysis of Reflection Data in Anisotropic Media, third edition

By Ilya Tsvankin
This is a new edition of Ilya Tsvankin's reference volume on seismic anisotropy and application of anisotropic models in reflection seismology. Seismic Signatures and Analysis of Reflection Data in Anisotropic Media, Geophysical References Series No. 19, provides essential background information about anisotropic wave propagation, introduces efficient notation for transversely isotropic (TI) and orthorhombic media, and identifies the key anisotropy parameters for imaging and amplitude analysis. To gain insight into the influence of anisotropy on a wide range of seismic signatures, exact solutions are simplified in the weak-anisotropy approximation. Particular attention is given to moveout analysis and P-wave time-domain processing for transverse isotropy with a vertical (VTI) and tilted (TTI) symmetry axis. Description of the amplitude-variation-with-offset (AVO) response of P- and S-waves in TI media shows that anisotropy may cause serious distortions in both the reflection coefficient and geometrical-spreading factor. The far-reaching benefits of anisotropic processing methods are demonstrated on synthetic examples and field data.

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Elements of Seismic Dispersion: A Somewhat Practical Guide to Frequency-dependent PhenomenaElements of Seismic Dispersion: A Somewhat Practical Guide to Frequency-dependent Phenomena

By Christopher L. Liner
Elements of Seismic Dispersion: A Somewhat Practical Guide to Frequency-dependent Phenomena (SEG Distinguished Instructor Series No. 15) covers selected effects encountered in the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of reflection-seismic data. The material, based on the 2012 SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course, shows how those phenomena arise, how they can be characterized, and the important information they contain. The text shows how spectral decomposition and time-frequency methods have led to improved understanding and use of nonlinear harmonics, near-surface guided waves, layer-induced anisotropy, velocity dispersion and attenuation, interference, and Biot reflection. Accessible discussion is augmented by examples, figures, and references to primary literature for further study. This book will interest technical managers and those who work in acquisition, processing, and interpretation of seismic data.

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First Steps in Seismic InterpretationFirst Steps in Seismic Interpretation
By Donald A. Herron
In his classic text Seismic Prospecting for Oil, C. Hewitt Dix remarked that the correlation of one reflection record with another, that is, the interpretation of seismic data, is a procedure that "can hardly be described in words." First Steps in Seismic Interpretation (Geophysical Monograph Series No. 16) is a book about fundamental concepts and practices of seismic interpretation that attempts to achieve such a description. Intended for beginning interpreters, this book approaches interpretation via synthesis of concepts and practical applications rather than through formal treatment of basic physics and geology. It is based on Don Herron's personal experience as a seismic interpreter and is organized along the lines of notes from interpretation classes that he designed and teaches.

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SEAM Phase I: Challenges of Subsalt Imaging in Tertiary Basins, with Emphasis on Deepwater Gulf of MexicoSEAM Phase I: Challenges of Subsalt Imaging in Tertiary Basins, with Emphasis on Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

By Michael Fehler and P. Joseph Keliher
SEAM is a collaborative industrial research effort dedicated to large-scale, geophysical numerical simulation projects. The projects are designed to provide the exploration geosciences community with earth models and simulated data that represent significant geophysical challenges of high business value to the petroleum resource industry. The Phase I project produced a deepwater subsalt earth model designed to capture as much physics and realism as possible in a 3D model that was relevant to oil and gas exploration. The 3D model covers a 40 × 35 × 15 km area and includes a complex salt intrusive in a folded Tertiary basin. The primary deliverable was the seismic data set of variable density acoustic simulations consisting of 200 TB of uncompressed traces for over 60,000 shots. Also delivered to the Participants were several smaller compressed subsets of these data ("classic" data sets) intended for easier handling, simpler distribution to third parties, and easier comparison of imaging tests results. This report covers how the prime objectives of Phase I were met. Details are outlined in chapters on model development, numerical design, acquisition design, production simulations, quality control, and data storage and distribution.

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Multicomponent Seismic TechnologyMulticomponent Seismic Technology

By Bob A. Hardage, Michael V. DeAngelo, Paul E. Murray, and Diana Sava
Much has changed since SEG published a comprehensive book on multicomponent seismic technology in 1991. The current volume, Multicomponent Seismic Technology (SEG Geophysical References Series No. 18), brings the subject up to the present. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of multicomponent seismic technology, with chapters dedicated to data-acquisition procedures, data-processing strategies, techniques for depth registering P and S data, rock-physics principles, joint interpretations of P and S data, and numerous case histories that demonstrate the value of multicomponent data for evaluating onshore and offshore prospects. All forms of multicomponent seismic data are considered — three component, four component, and nine component. Interpretation focuses on elastic wavefield seismic stratigraphy, in which a seismic interpreter gives the same weight to S-wave data as to P-wave data when defining seismic sequences and seismic facies. S-wave splitting in fractured media and other key theoretical concepts are supported by numerous data examples. The book will be of interest to researchers in multicomponent seismic technology and to explorationists who have to locate and exploit energy resources. The book will be appreciated by those who shun mathematical theory because it explains principles and concepts with real data rather than with mathematical equations.

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Seismology of Azimuthally Anisotropic Media and Seismic Fracture CharacterizationSeismology of Azimuthally Anisotropic Media and Seismic Fracture Characterization

By Ilya Tsvankin and Vladimir Grechka
Because most sedimentary rocks encountered in oil and gas exploration are effectively anisotropic, it is imperative to properly estimate seismic anisotropy and incorporate it into data-processing and imaging algorithms. Seismology of Azimuthally Anisotropic Media and Seismic Fracture Characterization (SEG Geophysical References Series No. 17) presents a systematic analysis of seismic signatures for azimuthally anisotropic media and describes anisotropic inversion/processing methods for wide-azimuth reflection data and VSP (vertical seismic profiling) surveys. The main focus is on kinematic parameter-estimation techniques operating with P-waves as well as with the combination of PP and PS (mode-converted) data. The part devoted to prestack amplitudes includes azimuthal AVO (amplitude variation with offset) analysis and a concise treatment of attenuation coefficients, which are highly sensitive to the presence of anisotropy. Discussion of fracture characterization is based on modern effective media theories and illustrates both the potential and limitations of seismic methods. Field-data examples highlight the improvements achieved by accounting for anisotropy in seismic processing, imaging, and fracture detection.

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Interpretation of Three-Dimensional Seismic Data, 7th EditionInterpretation of Three-Dimensional Seismic Data, 7th Edition

By Alistair R. Brown
Interpretation of Three-Dimensional Seismic Data is the definitive, and now classic, text on the subject. Conceived in 1979 and first published in 1986, the book helps geoscientists extract more information from their seismic data and improve the quality of their interpretations (James D. Robertson). The prime focus of the book continues to be the synergy between 3D seismic data and the workstation. The author passionately addresses the widespread problem of data under-utilization. Two new chapters and several new sections have been added in the Seventh Edition, but basic data understanding continues to be stressed.

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Seismic Acquisition from Yesterday to TomorrowSeismic Acquisition from Yesterday to Tomorrow

By Julien Meunier
During the last few years, seismic acquisition has gone through a phase of fast acceleration, attested to by the development of wide-azimuth surveys, the continuous increase in channel count, and the progress in simultaneous shooting. These developments, made possible by technological advancements today, will enable the production of clearer seismic images tomorrow. Seismic Acquisition from Yesterday to Tomorrow (SEG Distinguished Instructor Series No. 14), the companion book for the 2011 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course, offers a reflection on this evolution. It starts with a short historical overview, followed by discussions of signal and noise. The core of the book is the relationship between acquisition parameters and seismic-image quality. It will provide geoscientists and all those interested in seismic images with the still unconventional view of seismic data acquisition as the first component of seismic imaging.

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