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The Facts

The G&E industry takes pride in carrying out safe operational and environmental practices that meet or exceed requirements.

The G&E Industry’s Role in the Energy Transition

The G&E Industry’s Role in the Energy Transition

The IAGC recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship and the integral part the G&E industry plays in responding to the potential global health and safety risks associated with a dynamic climate.

The G&E industry is a critical partner in energy modernization and the energy transition. Beyond identifying and ensuring increased recovery of hydrocarbons, geophysical surveys image the subsurface to provide critical information for numerous industrial and scientific activities, including assessing the effects of coastal erosion, determining sites for offshore wind farms, exploring for critical minerals required for alternative energy technologies, and locating appropriate sites for CO2 capture and sequestration, an environmental mitigation measure which depends on the same seismic survey data to determine steps in managing the activity safely and efficiently.

Geophysical surveys directly support and are critical to the implementation of policies seeking to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.

The G&E industry is a leader in the management and execution of our supply chains that span the globe and with a record of extraordinary compliance and assurance with human rights standards, the industry is an important part of solutions aimed at responding to a changing climate.

As they work to improve the lives of the world’s citizens by enabling the safe discovery and delivery of the world’s energy resources while helping to address and manage the risks of a dynamic climate, the IAGC’s members are committed to improving the human condition and recognize that global environmental stewardship is a key part of this commitment.

The G&E Connection to Oil & Gas

Oil and gas are an important part of the world’s economies and provide us with fuel to heat our homes and to drive our vehicles as well as the thousands of petroleum-based products we use to make our everyday lives easier and improve our overall quality of life.

The fact is oil and gas have an important role to play in our present-day culture. Fossil fuels are found in 96% of the items we use each day. One major use of these products is as fuel, gasoline for cars, jet fuel, heating oil and natural gas used to generate electricity.

The geophysical and exploration (G&E) industry is at the forefront of the overall oil and gas industry making all this possible. Continued innovation has enabled the G&E industry to provide some of the greatest cost-effective and risk-reducing methods in resource exploration. Additionally, data generated from geophysical surveys has a broad range of applications across a multiplicity of disciplines.

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Seismic Surveying

Seismic surveying techniques utilize the principles of sound to generate images of the earth’s subsurface. Sound is a vibration or pressure wave that transmits energy from its source through a medium such as air or water. Sound pressure waves will alternately compress and decompress as they travel away from their source through a medium, such as air or water.

Offshore or marine seismic surveys are conducted by sending acoustic waves into the rock layers beneath the sea floor and then recording the time it takes for each wave to bounce back and the characteristics of each returning wave. In water, the sound source is typically an array of small air-chambers of varying sizes, filled with compressed air.

A seismic array, which is made up of many individual small sound sources or elements, operating together is not 100,000 times louder than a jet engine at takeoff.

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Whether onshore or offshore, seismic surveys are conducted by sending acoustic waves into the rock layers beneath the earth’s subsurface and then recording the time it takes for each wave to bounce back and the characteristics of each returning wave. Seismic survey activities produce images that construct a map of its geological features.

Sound is a vibration or pressure wave that transmits energy from its source through a medium such as air or water.  Sound pressure waves will alternately compress and decompress as they travel away from their source through a medium, such as air or water.

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