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First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference
14 - 18 September 2014
Athens, Greece
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First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference

The First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference took place in Athens. The next edition of this conference will be held in Barcelona in September 2016.


Over the last decades, geophysical methods have evolved significantly, particularly with respect to the mapping, characterisation, and monitoring of offshore reservoirs.

The shallow overburden has received less attention, despite the fact that it heavily influences wave propagation to deeper reservoir targets and is host to a number of geohazards that affect safe assessment of site conditions for seabed installations and protection of the natural environment. These include shallow water flows, shallow gas, hydrates, landslides, glaciotectonics, and sediment flows and geomorphological features such as pockmarks, pipes, diapirs, channels, canyons, boulders, ploughmarks, faults, and seepage mounds.

Recent discoveries of shallow reservoirs, in combination with CO2 sequestration and re-injection activity, further stimulate the need for more detailed and quantitative characterisation of the shallow overburden. These have triggered the development of new, and application of novel, geophysical techniques, to improve our understanding of the geological processes taking place and conditions that are present to mitigate the risks that might be faced.

The aim of the first Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics conference is, therefore, to bring together practitioners and researchers who develop and apply geophysical methods to enquire into and resolve issues of seabed and overburden geology.
Whilst offshore development projects have historically been in coastal or shallow waters, interest has moved towards ever deeper waters on the continental slopes worldwide, where various geohazards have become of critical concern.

The focus of the conference lies in understanding the current state-of-the-art and presenting lessons learned from case studies. This will set the scene to identify new trends and technologies required to help in geophysical site characterisation and geohazard assessments: from survey design and acquisition to quantitative and integrated data interpretation techniques.

We look forward to welcoming you to Athens!


A comparison in resolution between conventional 3D deep seismic and a high resolution 3D shallow dataset. For vertical scale, the distance between the seabed time-structure map and the RMS time-slice is about 600ms TWT