Rock physics addresses the relationship between measurements of elastic parameters made from surface, well, and lab equipment; and intrinsic properties of rocks, such as mineralogy, porosity, and pore shapes; pore fluids; pore pressures; permeability; viscosity; stresses; and overall architecture such as laminations and fractures. Rock physics provides the understanding necessary to optimize all imaging and characterization solutions based on elastic data and was the subject of the SEG Summer Research Workshop held in Galway, Ireland in 2008. This workshop included sessions on laboratory methods, rock physics of reservoir rocks, rock physics of carbonate rock, rock physics of unconventional and fractured reservoirs, mudrock rock physics and pore- pressure prediction, 4D (time-lapse) rock physics, theoretical rock physics and anisotropy, and upscaling and integration. Several presentations from the workshop are available at http://research.seg.org/2008_SRWS_Ireland.htm.

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