# The subjective science of seismic interpretation

The final step in the work with seismic data is seismic interpretation. In a scientific field called geophysics, interpretation sounds highly subjective; Very different from the usual statistics, ray and wave phenomenae. This can’t be right, right? I’d love to say it’s very clear and seismic data reveals a perfect image of the subsurface. But […]

# Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

There are a couple of places in this world, I really would like to see. A friend just added the Moeraki Boulders to this list, posting it to facebook. These are spherical boulders off the coast of New Zealand of unusual size. My first guess, would be dinosaur eggs (wouldn’t that be cool?). The actual explanation […]

# The horrors of writing on a thesis

This is my life in 4 panels right now:

Courtesy of Jorge Cham

Also check out the other PHD comics, they’re amazing if you’re in grad school.

# New on StackExchange: Temporal Resolution of Seismic data

Radius of the Fresnel zone is given by $Rf=(v/2)(t_0/f_\mathrm{dom})^{1/2}$ where v: velocity of layer $t_0$: two way travel time $f_\mathrm{dom}$ :dominant frequency in the spectrum This shows that high frequencies give better resolution than lower frequencies and resolution deteriorates with depth and increasing velocities. However I found some text in “Seismic Data Analysis- Yilmaz” which […]

# Do we even need math? – Calculus in geophysics and geology

The amount of calculus in geophysics and geology degrees varies throughout every university and even in uni itself, there seldomly is a consensus on how much math is actually needed. Jascha Polet from Cal Poly Pomona asked a very interesting question on Twitter: Should every student who graduates from a Geology (not Env Sciences) MSc […]

# Just mark anything…

Halfway through my thesis, this may be one of my biggest fears:

# To what accuracy and precision do we know the volume of the Earth?

Satellites such as GOCE and GRACE measure the geoid with unprecedented accuracy. Altimeters can determine local surface elevation with millimetre-precision. This makes me wonder: to what precision and accuracy can we measure (or calculate) the volume of the Earth? I’m a lay when it comes to solid Earth, and I find it surprisingly hard to […]

# Lifesavers – Two tools in my daily worklife

Today I’d like to share two tools that I have found indespensible in the course of my studies. Ironically, these have nothing to do with geophysics or seismic at all. But they’re out to save you. Git Git is a very low-key version control tool. At certain points in the process of creating you can […]

# Sometimes I wish this worked.

via George Takei Working with seismic data packages can be quite a hassle. The User Interface is stuck somewhere beyond the 80s’ and you wonder where you’re supposed to supply the punchcard. Has anyone tried this novel approach yet?