Articles | Volume 28
Science report
01 Dec 2020
Science report |  | 01 Dec 2020

Geohazard detection using 3D seismic data to enhance offshore scientific drilling site selection

David R. Cox, Paul C. Knutz, D. Calvin Campbell, John R. Hopper, Andrew M. W. Newton, Mads Huuse, and Karsten Gohl

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A workflow is presented that uses 3D subsurface image (seismic) data to identify and avoid potential geological hazards, in order to increase safety and minimize the risk associated with selecting offshore scientific drilling locations. The workflow has been implemented for a scientific drilling expedition proposal within a challenging region offshore north-western Greenland and resulted in an improved understanding of subsurface hazards and a reduction of risk across all selected drill sites.