The 2000 SEG/EAGE Summer Research Workshop drew a large proportion of participants from contracting firms (Figure 1a). The affiliation of first authors was also largely from contractors (Figure 1b), with the remainder of participants and first authors being evenly distributed between oil companies and academia. If these statistics can be taken as a genuine cross-section of the geophysical community, they indicate that contractors have the most interest in multicomponent technology. It would also appear that they perform most of the research work. More than 40% of the papers presented in the workshop were related to processing,...

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