The mission of SEG is "to advance the science and technology of applied geophysics." This requires active encouragement and support of research activity. This is accomplished in many ways. SEG publications such as Geophysics publish articles that make research results available to the global geophysical community. The SEG Annual Meeting and other SEG meetings around the world provide the venue for researchers to present leading edge research and receive feedback from peers.
The SEG Research Committee serves to improve communication among earth scientists interested in applied research, to advise the SEG Executive Committee on research matters, to identify research topics worthy of a focused workshop and to organize these workshops. The Committee meets twice a year. Much of the business of the Committee is conducted by email. Membership is open to all researchers. If interested in joining contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research workshops are organized in conjunction with the SEG Annual Meeting and Exhibition and as longer stand-alone events. One or more Summer Research Workshops are held annually on topics of great current interest that would benefit from focused off-site discussion amongst leading practitioners and researchers. Multi-disciplinary research is fostered through joint workshops with other organizations such as EAGE, SPE and AAPG. Students conducting research on the topic of the workshop are encouraged to participate.
Collaborative research activities through Geophysical Consortia are very important. The Research Committee maintains a list of active research Consortia and encourages corporations to support those consortia whose work is relevant to their business.
The SEG, upon the recommendation of the Research Committee, has established the SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation (SEAM) to lead cooperative industry efforts that will advance the art and science of geophysical modeling and computation, generate synthetic data sets for geophysical problems of high current importance and make these data sets available for research and educational purposes.
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The IQ Earth initiative was established in 2010 to begin concrete discussions to nurture the creation of a fundamental change in visualizing and predicting subsurface structure, rock and fluid properties; driven by the renewed focus on multidisciplinary integration and the new quantitative Earth model paradigm; applied by the next generation of subsurface scientists.