‘Interpretation’ will debut this fall

AAPG Joins SEG For New Journal Venture

Partners: AAPG and SEG officials signed the papers to become joint publishers of a new journal called “Interpretation.” Participating were (seated, left to right) SEG President David J. Monk and AAPG President Ted Beaumont, and (standing, left to right) AAPG Executive Director David Curtiss and SEG Executive Director Steven Davis.
Partners: AAPG and SEG officials signed the papers to become joint publishers of a new journal called “Interpretation.” Participating were (seated, left to right) SEG President David J. Monk and AAPG President Ted Beaumont, and (standing, left to right) AAPG Executive Director David Curtiss and SEG Executive Director Steven Davis.

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the world’s largest professional geological society, will join with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the largest international society dedicated to applied geophysics, in the publication of a new, peer-reviewed journal for advancing the practice of subsurface interpretation.

Interpretation will comprise papers directly related to the practice of interpretation of the Earth’s subsurface for exploration and extraction of mineral resources and for environmental and engineering applications.

The journal, a peer-reviewed quarterly, was announced in October by SEG, which is the operator. The first issue will be completed in August and will include a special section on interpreting stratigraphy from geophysical data. The second issue, scheduled for November completion, will include a special section on interpretation for unconventional resources. Submissions are closed for those two issues.

Submissions are open for the February 2014 issue, which will include special sections on seismic attributes and pore-pressure prediction and detection.

Former SEG Editor Yonghe Sun is the publication’s editor-in-chief. AAPG will appoint a deputy editor-in-chief. The editorial board will include members of both AAPG and SEG. The organizations will take turns appointing editors-in-chief for three-year terms.

The organization not selecting the editor-in-chief will select the deputy editor-in-chief.

“This journal will provide a valuable forum for the interpretation community and an opportunity for members of this community with AAPG and SEG affiliations to work together,” said AAPG Editor Steve Laubach.

“The participation of AAPG promises to enhance greatly the journal’s potential in advancing the shared art of interpretation by geologists and geophysicists,” Sun said. “Geophysical data derived from remote sensing are often incomplete and geophysical solutions are invariably non-unique, so much so that the conceptualization of the subsurface requires tight integration of techniques of multiple disciplines, among which geology and geophysics are first and foremost.”

The journal aims to accelerate innovation in interpretation for resource exploration, exploitation, and environmental stewardship.

An Interpretation article is not required to contain an interpretation but should help advance the practice of interpretation. Articles that describe interpretation methods and applications involving integration of multiple data sets to quantify as well as visualize subsurface structure are strongly encouraged.

Relevant contributions include but are not limited to those that advance:

  • Geophysical or geologic concepts and principles of interpretation.
  • Correlation and calibration with engineering data.
  • Planning and evaluation of alternative completion strategies via case studies.
  • Development of algorithms for interpretation tools.
  • nterpretation through explication of workflows, pitfalls, observations, insights, technical challenges and tutorials.

Learn more and submit articles through the journal’s website: www.seg.org interpretation.

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