GIS Publications Committee

The GIS Publications committee and Datapages, under the leadership of the Elected Editor and Geoscience Director, solicit and evaluate proposals for publications, recommend standards for format and quality, and ensure quality and rigor through peer review.

  1. Improve quality of GIS publications by soliciting many proposals and increasing selectivity from among these.
  2. Manage expectations for acquiring and publishing GIS material. Develop and implement standards for quality and for technical review.
  3. Create a global network of GIS committee members and collaborators from industry, academia, and geological surveys.
  4. Partner with the print-focused Publications Committee to produce joint print and GIS projects whenever practical.
  5. Contribute to the management of consortium funds by providing two AAPG GIS Committee representatives to sit on the OSU-AAPG Consortium Advisory Board; high-grade Datapages and GIS Publications Committee project funding proposals and liaise with the OSU consortium cartography department to ensure production of high quality and timely results.
James McDonald James McDonald Chair 2014-2017 Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Michael L. Sweet Michael L. Sweet Executive Committee Liaison 2013-2016 ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
Ronald L. Hart Ronald L. Hart Staff Liaison 2013-2016 AAPG
Daniel Scott Beaty MEMBER 2006-2018 Citation Oil and Gas Corp.
James Sophocles Cokinos MEMBER 2007-2016 CGG
Bret John Fossum MEMBER 2006-2018 ConocoPhillips
Jingyao Gong MEMBER 2006-2018 (IHS)
Scott Jean Hills MEMBER 2009-2018 Chevron
Shuhab Khan MEMBER 2015-2018 University of Houston
Kevin C. King MEMBER 2009-2018
Samuel H. Limerick MEMBER 2006-2018
Domenico Lodola MEMBER 2009-2018 Sterling Energy Plc
Andrea M. Loveland MEMBER 2013-2016 Wyoming State Geological Survey
Gayle H. McColloch, Jr. MEMBER 2008-2017 West Virginia Geol. Survey
Oliver Nicholas Morris MEMBER 2009-2018 Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd
Ian Norton MEMBER 2009-2018 Univ. of Texas Inst. for Geophysics
Joseph Andrew Ontko, Jr. MEMBER 2009-2018 Consultant
Karl Steven Osvald MEMBER 2014-2017 U.S. Dept. Interior/Bureau of Land Mgmt.
Scott Allen Tiller MEMBER 2013-2016
Peter Wigley MEMBER 2009-2018
Gareth Williams MEMBER 2013-2016 Lynx Information Systems

Historical Information

GIS Open Files

The AAPG, under the direction and guidance of the GIS Publications Committee and AAPG Datapages, is building a GIS / spatial library comprised of peer-reviewed Global Framework, Geothematic and Geographic themed projects. The project files are free to the public and can be downloaded from this GIS Open Files page. Other project files are available through the subscription-basedGIS-UDRIL program within AAPG Datapages.

The GIS Publications Committee consists of AAPG member geoscientists who utilize and promote the application of GIS technology and methodologies in petroleum and environmental geosciences. You can learn more about the committee's mission and find out how to volunteer to become a committee member or reviewer here. Industry professional, academic and student authors are encouraged to submit GIS publication proposals for consideration. If you are interested in publishing a GIS project with the AAPG, please click here for information regarding author resources, publications standards and funding options.

This zipped file contains geodatabase and xls (Excel) tables used by ExxonMobil in creating and editing geologic GIS feature classes and building attribute tables. AAPG Datapages, Inc. appreciates the efforts by the AAPG GIS Publication committee and ExxonMobil.
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These datasets depict the location and extent of oil and gas fields and pools across Pennsylvania, provide basic reservoir characterization data at the pool level (to the extent possible), and provide representative well-specific data to chronicle the evolution of the petroleum industry from the time of Drake’s well (Titusville, 1859) through the end of calendar year 2011.
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This is a regional study that stretches from Anderson County, Texas in the northeast to Fayette County, Texas in the southwest. The GIS data captures individual formations in the Wilcox Group, plus the Carrizo Sand unit: maximum sand thickness, net sand thickness, lignite thickness, resistivity of maximum sand thickness (to delineate ground water movement) and percent sand
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The data presented in the following files were sourced from the global heat flow database of the International Heat Flow Commission, which is managed by the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND USA.
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Courtesy of  Dr. Ricardo J. Padilla y Sánchez for allowing the GIS project of the Tectonic Map of Mexico 2013, to be posted as a GIS Open file. This compilation shows key geologic information about Mexico.

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Courtesy of DArthur Grantz, Robert A. Scott, Sergey S. Drachev, T. E. Moore and Zenon C. Valin for allowing the Map Showing the Sedimentary Successions of the Arctic Region  that may be Prospective for Hydrocarbons, to be posted as a GIS Open file.  This map displays all of the supra-continental and submarine sedimentary successions in the Arctic Region that are known or inferred to lie at or near the land surface or the seafloor on the basis of currently available data.

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Courtesy of Janet Pitman and the United States Geological Survey for allowing the Reservoirs and Petroleum Systems of the Gulf Coast map, to be posted as a GIS Open file. This product contains GIS layer files of maps, figures, and data for the Gulf Coast Region and is recommended for independent petroleum geologists and others interested in exploration in the Gulf Coast. Using ESRI ArcReader software, the user has the ability to view and download multiple data files at different scales.

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Courtesy of Lauri A. Burke and the USGS for allowing the Distribution of Regional Pressure in the Onshore and Offshore Gulf of Mexico Basin, USA project, to be posted as a GIS Open file. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has created a comprehensive geopressure-gradient model of the regional pressure system spanning the onshore and offshore portions of the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

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Courtesy of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the AAPGF-OSU Geoscience GIS Consortium for allowing the Oil and Gas Well Information for Nevada—2011 Update, to be posted as a GIS Open file. This update includes a major scanning project recently completed by the AAPGF-OSU Geoscience GIS Consortium. 

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The five contour maps in this series characterize the depth to the surface defined by the first occurrence of isopressure gradients. The geographical extent of this geopressure-gradient model is delineated on the maps, which encompass one of the most densely drilled regions of southern Louisiana and adjacent areas. 

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