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Numerical Methods of Exploration Seismology
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Exploration seismology uses seismic imaging to form detailed images of the Earth's interior, enabling the location of likely petroleum targets. Due to the size of seismic datasets, sophisticated numerical algorithms are required. This book provides a technical guide to the essential algorithms and computational aspects of data processing, covering the theory and methods of seismic imaging. The first part introduces an extensive online library of MATLAB® seismic data processing codes maintained by the CREWES project at the University of Calgary. Later chapters then focus on digital signal theory and relevant aspects of wave propagation and seismic modelling, followed by deconvolution and seismic migration methods. Presenting a rigorous explanation of how to construct seismic images, it provides readers with practical tools and codes to pursue research projects and analyses. It is ideal for advanced students and researchers in applied geophysics, and for practicing exploration geoscientists in the oil and gas industry.


‘This book is a masterpiece in scope and content. It explains the essential algorithms and computational aspects of data processing, covering the theory and methods of seismic imaging. A particularly outstanding feature is that it gives useful methods and tools to pursue research projects and analyses - representing the way that things should be taught in the computer age. For this reason, it should be adopted in the undergraduate curriculum and will be a wonderful resource for graduate students and researchers in applied geophysics. Practicing geoscientists will also welcome this book as it will make their daily tasks easier and more productive.’

Enders Robinson - Columbia University, New York City

‘The authors are to be commended for putting together this valuable resource which will instantly be highly useful to many geophysicists in the academic and industrial communities. The book is a pleasing and unusual mixture of rigorous geophysical signal processing theory and practical concepts, algorithms and code snippets. The MATLAB library functions and scripts that are provided or available for download will prove indispensable to all readers.’

Peter Cary - Chief Geophysicist, TGS Canada

'… Numerical Methods of Exploration Seismology and its elegant MATLAB codes are a must for explorationists' bookshelves.'

Sven Treitel Source: The Leading Edge

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  • Frontmatter
    pp i-iv
  • Contents
    pp vii-viii
  • 1 - Introduction to MATLAB and Seismic Data
    pp 1-40


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