Preprints – What’s the worst that could happen?

Early career scientists are laying the building blocks of their career. Giving away your best ideas for free and everyone to read can seem risky. Pre-prints, on the surface, may look just like that, but are they? Pre-print servers like EarthArXiv are sprouting in many scientific disciplines. They proclaim the benefits of research being cited […]

Culture Neutral - CC-BY Karl-Ludwig Poggemann

Data Is Not Neutral

  I like data driven processes. You’ve seen me drum on about CRS and Full-Waveform Inversion. Sometimes we like to pretend that data is pure. Well , it’s noisy and full of kinks but if we process it just right, we extract the truth. Turns out that is a little bit wrong. The data collection […]

Dipping your Toes – Machine Learning for Geoscientists

My fellow students know this and I hope recruiters will never read this: I was never good at math in university. It was only later when it came to the application in actual geophysical problems that tensors, linear algebra, and differential equations clicked. Personally, I don’t recommend this, as it makes life unnecessarily hard. Machine […]

Challenges in Machine Learning

Geoscience and Machine Learning – EAGE 2017 Workshop

Is it data science? Machine learning? Big Data? Deep learning? Fancy math? Or just chalked up statistics with enough data? This Monday marked the start of the EAGE 2017 in Paris for me. If you have read this blog or the EAGE Student Newsletter before, you may have seen that I am some sort of […]

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The European Subsurface Hackathon – Hacking (before) the EAGE

We did it! We hi-jacked the weekend before the EAGE conference, called it the “subsurface hackathon” and the theme was games. It was the first time Matt Hall from Agile Geoscience tried it in Europe. He has some experience with these events already at the SEG, where gems like pickthis.io were created. But having a […]

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Big Data in Oil and Gas – Fuzzy Classification

Data in oil and gas has always been large, but is it also big? Big data is more than Petabytes of seismic data or well logs. Big data is a buzzword in modern technology that isn’t clearly defined, yet used to sell expensive hard and software. What is big data all about? Big data is […]

5 Tips for Seismic Interpretation

Sometimes seismic interpretation seems like the Holy Grail. There are many decisions to make and many traps that may result in a dry well, costing millions. Getting some practice with pickthis.io seems like time well spent. Here are some personal tips how to become a better interpreter. 1. Don’t get fooled by the Next Big […]

Surprise Mammoth

A farmer in Michigan was in for more than he bargained for when he tried to dig a drainage channel in his field. Turns out an 11,700 to 15,000 old mammoth skeleton was buried beneath. He hit up the university of Michigan and the clock started ticking. With the harvest right around the corner, the paleontologists […]

False colour image of zoned orthopyroxene crystal used in forensic-style analysis of Mount St Helens 1980 eruption.

Volcano monitoring on the next level

Volcanoes are being monitored for quite some time now. Deformational changes and seismicity can be recorded with decent accuracy. However, the link to volcanic activity has been unclear the entire time. But recent research might shed light on this matter. Let’s take a quick tour under some volcanoes. Down below When we look into the […]

Aran Islands, Ireland

Aran Islands, Ireland

The Aran Islands just off the coast of Ireland left geologists puzzled for a while now. On top of this cliff huge boulders are found. Up to now the only explanation for waves energetic enough to transport these rocks would be a tsunami. Unfortunately, at least for the explanation, no tsunami happened there since 1755. Now […]