Seismic Reflection Centennial: Mapping the Earth Beneath Our Feet *** POSTPONED to 2023 ***

  • May 16, 2023
  • May 18, 2023
  • Stillwater and Norman, Oklahoma, USA

*** Event postponed into 2023 ***

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 based at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) campus in Stillwater, OK will include technical presentations at the University of Oklahoma (Day 1) and OSU (Day 2) as well as a field trip to historic sites (Day 3).

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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