The theme of this year's conference, “Geophysics—an international language,” is both fitting and timely. Fitting because in order to meet the world's ever-increasing demand for energy, the E&P world is reaching across all national boundaries, using the international language of science, coupled with an international responsibility to the environment. In terms of the earth, we are both scientist and steward—and we are equally committed to both roles.

Timely in that the language of geophysics—once spoken only by a very small group—has today been adopted by the entire E&P sector which is beginning to transition its use from exploration to a...

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