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Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns in Land Exploration Seismology

on June 16, 2015


Land seismic exploration can be a frustratingly inaccurate science. The seismic data is acquired with sources and receivers on the surface of the earth so the irregular, in homogeneous, unconsolidated near-surface layers distort the wavefields going down from the sources as well as the reflected wavefields coming to the receivers. The near-surface of the earth has a serious blurring effect on the image of the targets at depth that we really want to resolve clearly. This we know. This is a known known.

Using examples from land exploration seismology Cary explains how simple concepts can provide surprising challenges to how we think and test our integrity as scientists.

Presented by: Presented by Peter Cary, Arcis Seismic Solutions, Calgary
Series: KEGS Talks