Seismic Reflection Centennial: Mapping the Earth Beneath Our Feet

  • April 12, 2023
  • April 14, 2023
  • Stillwater and Norman, Oklahoma, USA

On 4 June, 1921, J. Clarence Karcher and his colleagues performed the first seismic reflection experiment in Belle Isle, Oklahoma City, which successfully demonstrated the ability to image subsurface structures from seismic waves. In July and August of 1921, additional experiments were conducted at Vines Branch in the Arbuckle Mountains to correlate subsurface reflections with surface geology. In the past century seismic reflection has been widely used in the energy industry to explore and exploit the world’s petroleum reservoirs and more recently, geothermal and other resources as well. Furthermore, imaging the Earth through seismic has led to major contributions and revolutions in understanding the Earth’s history and structure, aided tectonic reconstructions, and serves societal needs related to geohazards and engineering. Processing and analysis of seismic data have also been and continue to be important drivers in the advancement of technology and computing.

This workshop will feature an historic documentary on the early events and pioneers, showcase recent developments and advances in seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation, and moreover suggest innovative pathways into the future of seismic. Because of the wide applications of the seismic method, the event will invite participations from industry, academia, and government agencies.

The three-day event will include technical presentations at the Hamm Institute for American Energy and Oklahoma State University, 300 NE 9th St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  A field trip on 14 April will visit the site(s) where the first seismic reflection experiments were conducted in the Belle Isle and the Arbuckle Mountains, along with some key geologic outcrops.


We welcome abstracts for the Seismic Reflection Centennial: Mapping the Earth Beneath Our Feet workshop.

Oral and poster presentations will address the following topics:

Past, present, and future of seismic reflection

  • History and development of reflection seismic
  • State-of-the art and outlook (case studies, industry, academia, current projects, and activities of universities and companies)
  • Impacts of the reflection method on technology and society
  • Fundamental scientific advances through seismic reflection methods
  • Recent developments in seismic acquisition, processing, and interpretation
  • Future of seismic reflection

Please visit:   Seismic Reflection (seg.org) 

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More info to follow!  We will likely be organizing transportation from Tulsa to attend the event, especially the Day 3 Field Trip excursion. 


"Geophysical Society of Tulsa (GST)" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Oklahoma, P.O. Box 2784, Tulsa, OK 174101

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