It is probably true to say that many consider seismic survey design a niche topic in geophysics. Practitioners of this science inhabit a world halfway between that of the geophysicist and that of the operations specialist. They have to consider the geophysical aspects of design as well as the constraints placed upon them by the environment, the recording equipment and, of course, their budgets. While all geophysicists should understand the principles of survey design, few will actually be directly involved in a design study. However, effects of the design are felt all the way through the process, from acquisition to...

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