Interpretation special sections

SEG's latest quarterly issued journal: Interpretation

Interpretation is a peer-reviewed journal copublished by SEG and AAPG to advance the practice of subsurface interpretation. Papers will be published online as they are accepted, edited, and composed, with issues printed quarterly in February, May, August, and November. Each issue contains at least one special section covering a topic of interest to interpreters. General submissions also are welcome in addition to submissions targeted to the topics below.

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Upcoming Submission Deadlines

Geothermal energy

Data analytics for exploration and production

Seismic mistie correction

Integration of nonseismic data and/or computational geology for subsalt imaging and interpretation

Applications of full-waveform inversion

Natural fracture interpretation: What to look for

New insights into passive margins

Interpretation of lab rock-physics data by numerical simulations

  • Submission deadline: 1 June 2016
  • Peer review complete: 26 October 2016
  • Final files submitted for production: 9 November 2016
  • Publication of issue: February 2017
  • Special-section editors: Lu Chi, Ron Bonnie, Xin Zhan, Maojin TanYao Peng

Seismic time-frequency analysis

Analog modeling as an aid to structural interpretation

Subsurface expression of igneous systems and their impacts on petroleum systems

Facies classification and interpretation: Integrating multi-scale and multi-discipline data

Lacustrine shale characterization and shale resource potential in Ordos Basin, China

Submission Deadlines Past Due

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Near-surface imaging and interpretation

Ambient noise

Characterizing the subsurface with multiples and surface waves

Seismic facies classification and modeling

Building complex and realistic geological models from sparse data

Quantitative reservoir prediction and delineation by geophysical technology integration

Seismic data conditioning

Detection of hydrocarbons

The South China Sea Deep-Water: Stratigraphy, sedimentology, and resources

Unconventional exploration and production: Achievements and remaining challenges

Advanced logs and interpretation

Seismic attributes

Pore Pressure

  • Submission deadline: 1 June 2015
  • Peer review complete: 26 October 2015
  • All files submitted for production: 9 November 2015
  • Publication of issue: February 2016
  • Special section editors: Dan Ebrom, Fernando Ziegler, Huyen Bui

The Gulf of Mexico: Regional studies, play concepts, recent developments, and case histories

Petroleum geomechanics and fracture interpretation

Characterization and monitoring of subsurface contamination

Geophysical modeling for interpreters

Pattern recognition and machine learning

Reserve and resource estimation using reliable technology

Exploration and characterization of gas hydrates

Balancing, restoration, and palinspastic reconstruction

Published Special Sections

Geoscience follow-up papers from URTeC 2013 and 2014

Earth Model: Effective interpretation for conventional and unconventional reservoirs

Interpretation 3D visualization

Organic-rich shales

Recent advances with well whisperers

Thin beds


Geophysical imaging and interpretation of outcrops

Mining and minerals exploration interpretation

Monitoring reservoir and overburden change

Seismic uncertainties

China shale gas and shale oil plays

CO2 storage and utilization

Seismic chronostratigraphy

Pitfalls in the structural interpretation of seismic data

Shale paleoenvironments

Diffraction imaging

Abnormal pore pressure and associated environmental and geohazards: Detection, quantification, interpretation, and analysis

Geologic, geophysical, and petrophysical interpretation of core data and well logs

IQ Earth: Visualizing and predicting the integrated earth

Salt basin model building, imaging, and interpretation

Salt tectonics and interpretation

Detection of hydrocarbons

Interpretation and integration of gravity and magnetic data

Interpreting AVO

Well ties to seismic data

Multicomponent seismic interpretation


Interpretation and integration of CSEM data

Microseismic monitoring

Seismic attributes

Pore-pressure prediction and detection

Interpretation for unconventional resources

Interpreting stratigraphy from geophysical data

Do you have a suggestion for an Interpretation special section or supplement? Send us an email with your proposal.

Interpretation, copublished by SEG and AAPG, aims to advance the practice of subsurface interpretation.