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Seismic Soundoff

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

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Seismic Soundoff hosts conversations with geoscientists addressing the challenges of energy, water, and climate. Produced by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, SEG creates these episodes to celebrate and inspire the geophysicists of today and tomorrow. The new season starts January 18, 2024, with twelve new episodes weekly.
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"Non-unique does not equal non-valuable when it comes to geophysical solutions."Dr. Irina Filina discusses April's special section on gravity, electrical, and magnetic methods in The Leading Edge.OVERVIEW> A deep dive into common non-seismic geophysical methods and their underutilization> The role of magnetics, gravity, and other methods in complem…
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"The respect and honor that we give to our predecessors really indicate what kind of character we have."This episode explores the first Geoscientists without Borders project in the United States. Host Andrew Geary speaks with the project lead, Rob Stewart, and SEG Executive Director Jim White about using the power of geophysical techniques to uncov…
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"The challenge is to really bring your heart into the classroom, show up as a person, show up with care."Dr. Roel Snieder discusses how to excel as a teacher (and professional) using the Teaching with Heart practices.In this unique and encouraging episode, we explore the Teaching with Heart project. Roel makes the case for creating a more nurturing…
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"Faults and fractures are not necessarily good or bad, but it's important to really understand them."Dr. Molly Turko discusses March's special section on imaging faults and fractures in The Leading Edge.In this compelling episode, host Andrew Geary and Molly dive into the murky depths of the Earth to unravel the enigmatic nature of faults and fract…
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"The value is not in the measurement per se. It is in the ability to integrate this measurement with everything else that we have access to."Dr. Joël Le Calvez discusses January's special section in The Leading Edge on microseismic monitoring.Joël shares how recent technological advancements and pressing societal concerns, like climate change and s…
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"There's so much high-quality data, and more and more is being made publicly available. By shifting to open source, we're choosing that the value proposition is the people."Dr. Lindsey Heagy discusses February's special section in The Leading Edge on the future of applied geophysics.In this forward-thinking episode, we explore open-source software …
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"I've learned much more from my mistakes than I ever learned from my successes, because it was my mistakes that helped me to have successes."Meet the man behind the mission to diversify the energy sector. Dr. Isaac Crumbly shares the journey of the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) at Fort Valley State University, a program designed t…
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"I think that selling this idea that if you become a geoscientist in the 21st century, the frontier is not up there in the sky, but is down there underneath your feet."In this thought-provoking episode, expert geoscience communicator Iain Stewart opens our eyes to the "hidden commons" of the subsurface. Iain challenges us to rethink our relationshi…
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"With the magnetic method, you can say with some certainty that it will locate more than 90% of the existing wells. The grand challenge for locating abandoned wells are these wells where the casing has been pulled."Richard Hammack discusses the December special section in The Leading Edge - orphaned and abandoned wells.When we think about the envir…
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"The challenge is to learn and be aware of new techniques and applications and apply them."Eduardo Corti discusses his Honorary Lecture, "Unconventional Borehole Seismic Techniques."Unconventional borehole seismic services encompass techniques that go beyond conventional seismic methods. With over eight decades of classical seismic methods shaping …
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"How do we move towards a greater societal understanding of what's required to achieve the goals of decarbonization? Building a sustainable society requires everybody, all the citizens, to do a whole bunch of different things, many of which are minor."Murray W. Hitzman, the Director of iCRAG, highlights the energy transition and how to communicate …
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"It's ​not ​like ​machine ​learning ​will ​solve ​all ​the ​problems. ​It's ​not ​a ​magical ​tool."David Lubo-Robles highlights his award-winning paper that utilized novel machine learning methods to enhance interpretability in seismic volume data from the Gulf of Mexico.Discover the power of two open-source tools - SHAP (Shapley Additive Explanat…
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"The driving objective of AASPI is to try and reveal and see more patterns in the seismic data than we can see just looking at the seismic amplitude data."Heather Bedle, Principal Investigator at Attribute Assisted Seismic Processing and Interpretation (AASPI) at the University of Oklahoma, joins Seismic Soundoff. In this episode, you will discover…
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Biondo Biondi, the Director of the Stanford Earth imaging Project (SEP), joins Seismic Soundoff to discuss SEP's 50-year history and future outlook. Biondo reflects on SEP's founding during the 1970s oil crisis and today as it tackles modern energy challenges. Biondo discusses how improving seismic imaging can support the future of carbon capture a…
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In this intriguing conversation, David Bartel, the Chair of the SEG Foundation, provides an exclusive insight into how the nonprofit organization is advancing geophysics research, supporting SEG members, and positively impacting society. David highlights the key programs funded by the Foundation, such as scholarships, field camps, Geoscientists wit…
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Arthur Cheng, who became the first Chinese president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, talks about his journey from being a student to becoming the president of the Society. He shares some of the highlights from his five decades of being a member and what his role as a barrier-breaker means to him. Arthur reflects on his early days as a …
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Kurang Mehta discusses the November special section on carbon management in The Leading Edge.In this episode, get an inside look at the emerging field of carbon management. You will learn about the history and methods of carbon capture and storage. Kurang also provides thoughtful perspectives on how geoscientists can uniquely contribute to carbon m…
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Oil and gas companies have an enormous role in transitioning to a renewable future.This episode examines how Ipieca partners with companies and organizations to support a sustainable future through emissions reduction, nature conservation, and stakeholder engagement.Ipieca is the global oil and gas association for advancing environmental and social…
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Chao Wang and Stephen Graf discuss the October special section in The Leading Edge on deep exploration.In the 1920s, the first oil discovery in Seminole, Oklahoma, was made at a depth of approximately 4,000 feet. In 1949, the average depth was 3,600 feet. By 2008, it was 6,000 feet. Currently, the world's deepest oil well in Russia extends 49,000 f…
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Steven Lynch discusses his article in The Leading Edge, "High visual resolution interpretation: The case for virtual seismic reality." Steve lays out the case for why the seismic you have is better than you think. He argues that the industry needs to undergo a complete change of mindset regarding visualization. Steve explains a natural seismic disp…
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Sue Carr and Jess Kozman discuss the complexities and possibilities for managing downhole geophysical data for carbon storage.In this insightful conversation with host Andrew Geary, Sue and Jess highlight the data types associated with carbon storage and the first step in managing this data. They discuss the challenges in managing well data and cla…
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For this milestone episode, this show highlights key statistics, showcases clips from the Top 10 episodes, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is made.In total, Seismic Soundoff has over 170,300 listens across its 200 episodes. The podcast has featured 72 episodes on the cutting-edge topics presented in The Leading Edge. And one of …
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Steve Roche discusses his current Geoscientists without Borders project addressing volcano preparedness in Guatemala.Steve's GWB project addresses the geohazard resiliency and safety of the communities in Guatemala. His project implements community-based educational workshops about earthquake and volcanic hazards. Steve's project also works to incr…
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Kurt Marfurt reflects on his career and the recent award of SEG's highest honor, the Maurice Ewing Medal.In this engaging conversation with host Andrew Geary, Kurt shares his reaction to learning about receiving the Maurice Ewing Medal. He offers his major takeaways from various career stops along his path and how his volunteer roles at the SEG adv…
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Philip Ringrose discusses his upcoming Distinguished Instructor Short Course, "Storage of Carbon Dioxide in Saline Aquifers – Building confidence by forecasting and monitoring."Interest in carbon capture and storage (CCS) is growing rapidly as a crucial part of global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.In this conversati…
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Paolo Dell'Aversana highlights his article in The Leading Edge, discussing a dual-sensory approach to understanding seismic.In a first for this podcast, host Andrew Geary and Paolo discuss music's role in interpreting seismic. Based on concepts well-established in cognitive sciences, Paolo introduces the idea of expanded imaging in geophysics, usin…
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Sara Gentilini, founder of GEOfood, discusses how her organization supports the sustainable development of local communities and helps increase achievement towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. GEOfood is an initiative for communities and environmentally friendly food enterprises in UNESCO Global Geoparks territories. This unique partnershi…
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Felix J. Herrmann highlights the July 2023 special section in The Leading Edge - digitalization in energy.In this episode with host Andrew Geary, Felix discusses his open-access article, "Learned multiphysics inversion with differentiable programming and machine learning." He shares why the future of the oil and gas industry depends on the democrat…
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Fabien Allo highlights his award-winning article, "Characterization of a carbonate geothermal reservoir using rock-physics-guided deep neural networks."In this episode with host Andrew Geary, Fabien shares the potential of deep neural networks (DNNs) in integrating seismic data for reservoir characterization. He explains why DNNs have yet to be wid…
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Aria Abubakar and Wenyi Hu, co-chair and vice-chair of the IMAGE Technical Program Committee, respectively, discuss the reasons for attending IMAGE '23.The third annual International Meeting for Applied Geoscience & Energy (IMAGE) will bring geoscientists from around the world from 28 August to 1 September at the George R. Brown Convention Center i…
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Lia Martinez shares the critical skills necessary to network successfully.In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Lia offers tips and best practices to fully utilize networking to further your career and technical skills. She explains why seven follow-ups (or touches) is the magic number, the importance of establishing credibility early, and h…
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Anja Klotzsche discusses her Near-Surface Global Lecture, "Unlocking the potential of GPR for subsurface characterization by using full-waveform inversion."The heterogeneous near-surface consists of the complex interactions between rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms, which determine the availability of life-sustaining resources such as wa…
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As the size and complexity of data soars exponentially, machine learning (ML) has gained prominence in applications in geoscience and related fields. ML-powered technology increasingly rivals or surpasses human performance and fuels a large range of leading-edge research.In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, mathematician Herman Jaramillo di…
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Öz Yilmaz returns to the podcast to highlight his award-winning article, "A reality check on full-wave inversion applied to land seismic data for near-surface modeling."In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Öz assesses the accuracy of full-wave inversion applied to land seismic data for near-surface modeling. He elaborates on his definition …
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Seismic Soundoff has featured some of the most well-known geoscientists, authors, and teachers for the past seven years. And since episode 72, host Andrew Geary has asked his guests, "What is one piece of advice you would offer someone that would like to succeed in this field?"The insight and experience across the 186 episodes are vast. To help col…
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Critical mineral exploration will play a key role in human development and progress. The April 2023 special section of The Leading Edge focuses on the issue of critical minerals from the perspective of recent progress in mining exploration and anticipated future needs as the global energy economy transitions to higher use of, and reliance on, renew…
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SEG President Ken Tubman discusses the future outlook of SEG and applied geophysics.In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Ken provides the latest information on the ongoing SEG transformation. He outlines how SEG could allow greater experimentation, the pros and cons of its current governance structure, and how members can best contribute to…
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Dr. Elikplim Abla Dzikunoo and Abdul Rashid Seidu discuss their Geoscientists without Borders project, "Provision of potable water to communities in northeastern Ghana."This GWB project will directly help the inhabitants of two communities (Zagsliari and Salinwia) located within the Nasia river basin in the West Mamprusi district – Northeastern reg…
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Yogaani Bhatia, SEG's Managing Director for International Operations, discusses the value of the SEG regional offices as SEG celebrates over ten years of the Middle East regional office.In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Yogaani describes the work and vision for the SEG regional offices. She explains how geophysics is changing in the Midd…
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Dr. Cyril D. Boateng discusses his SEG Field Camp, "Investigating the slave trade in South Eastern Ghana using integrated geophysical techniques."Recently, there has been renewed interest in connecting Africans in the diaspora to their ancestral lands. In this context, significant focus has been placed on research which enhances an understanding of…
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Roman Pevzner discusses his Honorary Lecture, "Surface and borehole seismic monitoring of CO2 geological storage."Geological carbon capture and storage (CCS) or sequestration is a critical component of CO2 emission reduction, which aims to alleviate global climate change. Geological carbon storage always requires a subsurface monitoring program, an…
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SEG Scholarships encourage the study of geophysics and related geosciences in universities worldwide. Due to the generosity of donors, the SEG offers a range of different scholarship opportunities to students all over the globe. In this special episode, we feature two scholarship recipients and the founder of a new Scholarship Program.Host Andrew G…
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Government policies, incentives, and funding directly impact gains in energy efficiency and energy independence. In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Diana Sineva and Stephen Brown highlight recent policy changes in the United States and how it impacts the world and the oil and gas sector.In this unique conversation, Diana and Stephen expla…
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Technological advancements in geophysical sensors and sensor platforms over the past decade have given rise to the rapidly growing and innovative field of drone-based geophysics. As improvements in reliability, payload capacity, coverage capability, resolution, data quality, cost, and personnel safety continue to be realized, the widespread applica…
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What sets the seismic method apart from other geophysical exploration methods is its ability to deliver three-dimensional high-resolution images of the subsurface. Ramesh (Neelsh) Neelamani traces the history of the seismic method to showcase recent breakthroughs and future advancements.Neelsh is currently ExxonMobil Senior Principal Geophysics. In…
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Boris Gurevich provides an insider's perspective on the value of expanding your knowledge and awareness of the wide-ranging discipline of geophysics.Boris currently serves as Chair of the Distinguished Lecture Committee at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Boris shares the benefits and primary fu…
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The seismic data set is a fundamental requirement for producing oil and gas fields. Reservoir modeling utilizing seismic interpretations drove insights into reservoir quality and performance, helping to understand the communication between reservoir units and wells, particularly in fields with many wells. Over time, technological advancements led t…
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Leo Eisner discusses his Honorary Lecture, "Mapping pore pressure with beach balls."The stress field of the Earth's crust has been studied for many decades as a part of seismology and geomechanics. Traditional stress inversion methods utilize focal mechanisms of earthquakes as this is typically the only data available at a regional scale and lower …
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Serguei Goussev discusses his new book, Gravity & Magnetic Encyclopedic Dictionary.This book contains more than 3,200 entries and presents a terminology-guided summary of the gravity and magnetic theory, measuring instruments, methods of data acquisition, processing, analysis, and interpretation for geophysical studies of the Earth and other planet…
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GeoFORCE Program Director Dr. Leah Turner discusses building the pipeline for the next generation of geoscientists.GeoFORCE Texas received the 2022 Special Commendation Award at IMAGE. The program is a free K-12 outreach program designed to increase the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM degrees and careers, especially geology. Each sum…
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