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Space-time continuum in seismic stratigraphy; principles and norms

Farrukh Qayyum, Christian Betzler and Octavian Catuneanu
Space-time continuum in seismic stratigraphy; principles and norms
Interpretation (Tulsa) (February 2018) 6 (1): T97-T108

Abstract

Seismic stratigraphy is not only a geometric understanding of a stratigraphic succession, but it also has a close link to the space-time continuum started by H. E. Wheeler (1907-1987). The science follows the fundamental principles of stratigraphy, and the norms that govern seismic interpretation play a fundamental role due to their practical significance. The birth of computer-aided algorithms paved a new platform for seismic interpretation. The ideas from A. W. Grabau (1870-1946) and Wheeler were brought to a new level when space-time continuum was represented using 3D seismic data. This representation is commonly referred to as the Wheeler transformation, and it is based on flattening theories. Numerous algorithms have been introduced. Each suffers from its own problem and follow some assumption. The hydrocarbon industry, as well as academia, should seek a solution that is globally applicable to a stratigraphic succession irrespective of resolution, geologic challenges, and depositional settings. We have developed a review of the principles and norms behind these algorithms assisting in developing the space-time continuum of a stratigraphic succession using 2D/3D seismic data.


ISSN: 2324-8858
EISSN: 2324-8866
Serial Title: Interpretation (Tulsa)
Serial Volume: 6
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Space-time continuum in seismic stratigraphy; principles and norms
Affiliation: Universitaet Hamburg, Institut fuer Geologie, HAmburg, Germany
Pages: T97-T108
Published: 201802
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 62
Accession Number: 2019-006686
Categories: Applied geophysicsStratigraphy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. block diags., 1 table, sects.
Secondary Affiliation: University of Alberta, CAN, Canada
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201906
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