Multicomponent Data Interpretation
The principles of seismic stratigraphy form the basis of modern seismic data interpretation. Seismic stratigraphy was formalized as a science by researchers at Exxon and was made available to the public through AAPG Memoir 26, published in 1977 by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (Payton, 1977). After the publication of Memoir 26, an intense period of industry education focused on the concepts and applications of seismic stratigraphy in the late 1970s and into the 1980s. Several books were published to promote the science (Sheriff, 1980; Berg and Woolverton, 1985; Hardage, 1987), articles too numerous to cite were published to provide case histories, and short courses were held in many oil companies and among professional societies to implement seismic-stratigraphy practice. As a result, the interpretational principles of seismic stratigraphy became the accepted methodology for interpreting seismic images of subsurface geology in the early 1980s, and the science of seismic stratigraphy now is practiced widely and consistently.
Literature searches show that the number of published papers on seismic stratigraphy is into the many hundreds, far too many citations to accumulate into a reference list. Until the mid-1990s, however, there appear to have been only five published papers that considered S-wave data in a classic seismic-stratigraphy context (Meissner and Hegazy, 1981; Ensley, 1984, 1985; McCormack et al., 1984; McCormack et al., 1985). More examples of S-wave seismic sequences and seismic facies are being inserted into