The oil and gas industry has frequently conducted core-log-seismic integration with state-of-the-art methodologies. However, industry usually only collect sediment cores and log data in limited reservoir intervals. A full integration of available core, log and seismic data has only rarely been attempted for scientific drill holes. As a result, there are several hundred extremely expensive scientific drill holes, both on land and offshore, whose archived signals from the past and present Earth remain relatively untapped. It was this realization that triggered the installation of a scientific advisory board within the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) in 1998, which then provided valuable insight into how to best capitalise on the scientific opportunities presented by integrating core, logging and seismic data. Unfortunately, initial attempts to tap into the potential of the datasets were hindered by limited resources and a lack of critical mass. Germany plays an important role in international scientific drilling, with major core curation and data management centres providing a wealth of available data as well as broad expertise in seismic data acquisition, borehole logging and core investigations.
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a world-wide leading institute of marine research. We investigate chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. We also bridge the gap between basic and applied science in several areas. With this broad spectrum of research initiatives GEOMAR is globally unique. The GEOMAR is a foundation under public law jointly funded by the German federal (90%) and Schleswig-Holstein state (10%) governments. GEOMAR has a staff of approximately 1,000 (2020) individuals and an annual budget of ~80 Million Euros. More Information
The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences. Research at the GFZ focuses on the geosphere within the highly complex System Earth with its further subsystems, its interacting subcycles, and its wide network of cause-and-effect chains. This we do in a close interdisciplinary collaboration with the related scientific disciplines physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology as well as with the engineering sciences disciplines of rock mechanics, engineering hydrology and seismology.
As a Helmholtz centre for polar and marine research the Alfred Wegener institute works above all in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Together with numerous national and international partners we are involved to decipher the complicated processes in the "system of earth". Our planet is in a radical climate change. The pole areas and seas change. At the same time they play a central role in the global climate system. How does the planet earth develop? Do we observe short-term variations or long-term trends? Polar and marine research has always been a fascinating scientific challenge. Today it is also a piece of futurology.