Increasing the quality of seismic interpretation

Euan J. Macrae, Clare E. Bond, Zoe K. Shipton, Rebecca J. Lunn

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Geological models are based on the interpretation of spatially sparse and limited resolution datasets. Non-unique interpretations often exist, resulting in commercial, safety and environmental risk. We survey 444 experienced geoscientists to assess the validity of their interpretations of a seismic section for which multiple concepts honor the data. The most statistically significant factor in improving interpretation was writing about geological time. A randomized controlled trial identified for the first time a significant causal link between considering the temporal evolution of an interpretation, a type of writing about geological time, and increased interpretation quality. These results have important implications for interpreting geological data and communicating uncertainty in models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)T395-T402
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016


  • interpretation
  • modeling
  • geological time
  • seismic stratigraphy


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