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
Ronald L. Hart Ronald L. Hart Staff Liaison 2013-2015 AAPG
Donald Dean Clarke Donald Dean Clarke Committee Manager 2012-2015 Geological Consultant
Michael L. Sweet Michael L. Sweet Executive Committee Liaison 2013-2015 ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
Daniel Scott Beaty MEMBER 2006-2015 Citation Oil and Gas Corp.
James Sophocles Cokinos MEMBER 2007-2016 CGG
Joseph William Cross MEMBER 2006-2015
Andrew Cutts MEMBER 2009-2015 WesternGeco
Bret John Fossum MEMBER 2006-2015 ConocoPhillips
Jingyao Gong MEMBER 2006-2015 (IHS)
Scott Jean Hills MEMBER 2009-2015 Chevron
Kevin C. King MEMBER 2009-2015 ExxonMobil Global Service Co.
Samuel H. Limerick MEMBER 2006-2015
Domenico Lodola MEMBER 2009-2015 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 2009-2015 Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd
Ian Norton MEMBER 2009-2015 Univ. of Texas Inst. for Geophysics
Joseph Andrew Ontko, Jr. MEMBER 2009-2015 Consultant
Karl Steven Osvald MEMBER 2014-2017 U.S. Dept. Interior/Bureau of Land Mgmt.
Scott Allen Tiller MEMBER 2013-2016
Peter Wigley MEMBER 2009-2015
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


The Geological Society of America’s Geologic Map of North America shows the geology of a significantly large area of the Earth, centered on North and Central America and including the submarine geology of parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.


Courtesy of the U.S. Energy Information Association for allowing the US Coalbed Methane Maps, to be posted as a GIS Open file. The EIA coalbed methane GIS project is a summary of CBM fields in the USA completed in 2007. This map can be viewed in an online map viewer or can be downloaded.


Courtesy of Dr. M. K. (Mike) Horn for allowing his Source Rocks of the World GIS database, to be posted as a GIS Open file. Data captured in the attribute table includes location, source rock lithology, environment, age, T.O.C. percent, organic matter type and reservoir characteristics.  Additionally, the USGS basin name and code is referenced, as well as the Tellus basin name and code.


Courtesy of Dr. David Rajmon for allowing his Global Impact Crater GIS project to be posted as a GIS Open file. 

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