[AstroPy] seeking feedback on how to process seismic images from astronomers

Shui Kwok skwok at keck.hawaii.edu
Sat Apr 18 23:25:24 EDT 2015

Hi Mark,

I used to write software for seismic data processing many years ago.
As I remember, the state of the seismic data processing software was quite advanced.  Most of the software used in the oil and gas exploration industry was (maybe still is) commercial, proprietary and expensive because there was a lot of money to be made. There are open source packages, but they are for educational proposes and not for production.

The commercial packages also offer excellent visualization features. I'm not going to mention any brands or products here, but they are easy to find. May be their product information can give you new ideas.


From: astropy-bounces at scipy.org [astropy-bounces at scipy.org] on behalf of Mark Lai [mlai at ices.utexas.edu]
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Subject: [AstroPy] seeking feedback on how to process seismic images from astronomers

Hi all!

My name is Mark Lai, and I am currently a 1st year post doc in ICES (computational math) at UT Austin doing work in seismic imaging with Sergey Fomel.



A senior math professor mentioned some interesting image processing work by astronomers so I thought I would try to reach out!

One of the problems we face is to how to process a seismic image to make it visually appealing for geologists.  Page 3 in the below linked PDF shows different types of processing. The middle figure in the second column is the preferred one.  The paper, essentially a blog post, is by a famous retired geophysicist in our field and argues for histogram equalization.


I am curious if anyone might any suggestions or feedback on how to process these seismic images.  Thanks much and please let me know if you have any questions!

Mark Lai

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