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General Philosophuy 7: Where Do We Go From Here?

David A. Chapin
David A. Chapin
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January 01, 1998


Future interpretation technology could take us in the following directions:

  1. improving our understanding of the physical processes behind the magnetic responses we measure

  2. further integration with ancillary data sets (e.g., radiometrics, electromagnetics, satellite imagery, digital elevation models)

  3. more sophisticated, robust, efficient, user- and geology-friendly modeling software

  4. analysis, sensivity, and reporting of noise sources and their effect on interpretation

  5. improving our understanding of the meaning and limitations of the automated interpretation techniques(e.g., Euler, anomaly correlation, terracing)

In 1990, I put together my wish list of future trends in gravity and magnetics for an internal company report. It is a valuable lesson to revisit this list. Not only are we heading in these directions, but it shows us that we still have a long way to go. Here is my list, in no particular order:

  1. more stress on basic bread-and-butter interpretation work

  2. integrated software tools in a workstation environment

  3. larger databases and associated continentwideevaluations

  4. better inversion of gravity data

  5. a better understanding of highfrequency signals

  6. more and better rock properties databases

  7. improved magnetic depth picking

  8. borehole gravity as a more widely used porosity/density tool

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Society of Exploration Geophysicists Geophysical References Series

Geologic Applications of Gravity and Magnetics: Case Histories

Richard I. Gibson
Richard I. Gibson
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Patrick S. Millegan
Patrick S. Millegan
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