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Episode 226: Rock Physics in Focus – Historical Impact & Future Challenges

“The energy transition has opened many new areas, many new doors, and rock physics is really at the center of that.”

Dr. Laurent Louis delves into rock physics’ transformative impact on geophysics. He explores the development of effective medium models, the challenges of modeling anisotropy and integrating modern digital tools in rock physics. Take advantage of this deep dive into the latest trends in rock physics, its historical challenges, and why now is the perfect time to focus on rock physics.

Episode 225: How to Keep Geophysics Relevant w/ Tim Dean

“We (geophysicists) need to look where the markets are rather than expect people to come to us. We have skills, and it’s just about finding where we can apply these in the future.”

The need for the world to transition away from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources is well established. However, the movement away from fossil fuels does open up new prospects for the seismic method’s application in areas as diverse as geothermal energy and mineral exploration. Dr. Tim Dean examines these new applications and discusses the opportunities developing for the method’s application and their likely impact on future developments. No matter where you are on your geophysics journey, this episode is a must-listen. This conversation is challenging and insightful and may just save geophysics.

Episode 224: The Physics Behind Land Seismic Noise (Christof Stork)

“With ​every ​new ​acquisition, ​spend ​2% ​of ​your ​budget ​to ​do ​research ​to ​understand the ​noise ​and ​signal ​drivers ​in ​your ​area. ​It ​might ​help ​any ​future ​neighboring ​acquisition, ​or ​it ​might ​just ​help ​the ​field ​in ​general, ​​which ​you ​and ​your ​career ​will ​benefit ​from.”

Dr. Christof Stork delves into the intricate world of land seismic noise. Despite the advancements in marine processing and pre-stack depth migration, land seismic methods have yet to see comparable progress. He emphasizes the need for more attention and funding in this area, highlighting how crucial it is for improving seismic data quality. Listeners will better understand why land seismic noise remains a complex problem and the potential pathways to progress.

Episode 223: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geophysics

“In the realm of applied geophysics, we have a lot of knowledge, a lot of skills, a lot of experience in dealing with the subsurface, which translates quite well into carbon capture and storage applications.”

SEG Europe Regional Advisory Committee members discuss the 4th Net-Zero Emissions annual virtual workshop. Guests Emin Sadikov, Antony Price, and Adriana Citlali Ramírez discuss the importance of repurposing knowledge, adapting skill sets, and contributing to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology innovations. Learn about the industry’s challenges and opportunities, the economic implications, and the importance of global cooperation in addressing climate change.

Episode 222: The Seismic Approach to Mining Geophysics (Heather Schijns)

“History is telling us that we’re likely to get some new discoveries from introducing seismic into our mixture. Nobody understands mineral deposits like the geoscientists who work on them day in, day out.”

Dr. Heather Schijns explores the groundbreaking use of hard rock seismic data in mineral exploration with insights from one of the most popular papers at IMAGE 2023. Heather explains why now is the perfect time for the mining industry to embrace seismic methods, especially as the search for base metal resources deepens and conventional geophysical approaches face limitations. She also makes a compelling business case for seismic exploration, urging listeners to consider the value and risk reduction seismic data can provide.

Episode 221: The Untapped Potential of Non-Seismic Methods (Irina Filina, April 2024 TLE)

“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. Irina unravels the misconceptions about non-seismic methods and advocates for their proper use and integration with seismic data. With compelling examples, this episode illustrates how these methods can significantly reduce uncertainty and costs in subsurface exploration.

Episode 220: Revealing Lost Legacies with Geophysics (Rob Stewart & Jim White)

“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 (GWB) 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 uncover and restore forgotten African American cemeteries. As we navigate the complexities of modern urban development and the preservation of sacred sites, this episode illuminates the critical role of geophysicists and GWB in humanitarian efforts, the importance of community engagement, and the profound connections we forge with our history.

Episode 219: The Secret to Succeeding as a Teacher (Roel Snieder)

“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. Roel makes the case for creating a more nurturing and loving educational environment. He also addresses the potential pitfalls of ego in teaching, the importance of seeing students as individuals with unique challenges and aspirations, and the delicate balance of maintaining professional boundaries while cultivating meaningful relationships. This episode is a reminder that the learning journey – which never ends – is enriched when both teachers and students show up as whole, interconnected individuals.

Episode 218: Innovations in Fault and Fracture Imaging (Molly Turko)

“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. Molly sheds light on the crucial role of imaging these hidden networks in understanding their impact on production, injection, and completions. With a clear message that faults and fractures are neither inherently good nor bad, this conversation challenges common misconceptions and emphasizes the importance of detailed imaging to gauge their significance.

Episode 217: Advancing Subsurface Knowledge Through Microseismic Insights (Joël Le Calvez)

“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 sustainability, are pushing microseismic monitoring to the forefront of geophysical research. This episode will help you reflect on the next frontier in microseismic monitoring and how it will shape our understanding of the subsurface.

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