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Geophysical Site Characterization And Needs

A workshop sponsored by JOI/USSSP and Industry

Date: June 6th, 2003
Location: Houston, TX
Organizers: Nathan Bangs, (
Applications: before May 5th, 2003

One of the challenges facing the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is the geophysical surveying needed to help provide the scientific basis for drilling, and to characterize specifi c drilling sites. To address this topic and related issues, JOI/USSSP is jointly sponsoring a one-day workshop with Industry for interested members of the scientific community, to be hosted by British Petroleum in Houston, TX.

Purpose: To learn how geophysical surveying for drilling is conducted by Industry, and to discuss how the academic community can feasibly acquire seismic data of appropriate quality for IODP.

Goals: (a) To learn from Industry the critical considerations for acquisition, processing, and interpretation of high-quality 3-D seismic data. (b) Discuss how to feasibly acquire and process data to fulfi ll the IODP panel needs for the different platforms available in IODP. (c) Produce a white paper with recommendations to NSF on ways and resources necessary to acquire and process geophysical data appropriate for IODP needs.

Participation: This focused meeting will be attended by industry representatives and approximately 30 members of the academic geophysical community. Student participation is encouraged. To apply, please send a one-paragraph expression of interest (EOI) by May 5, 2003 to Nathan Bangs, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (

Limited JOI/USSSP support is
available to U.S. Participants.

May 21, 2003