US-based Elsevier has announced the availability of maps sourced from Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) journals in its online geoscience platform, Geofacets.

Geofacets includes more than 14,000 SEG maps and provides an expanded range of essential geoscience information to exploration teams, enabling them to make better subsurface interpretations.

The solution also helps the teams to reduce risk levels associated with evaluating new prospects.

“The partnership between SEG and Geofacets will benefit SEG members and other geoscientists greatly.”

Geofacets product management director Phoebe McMellon said: "Through having SEG maps on our platform, geoscientists can more easily discover and understand the structure and composition of the Earth, its subsurface and its evolution.

"This will help exploration teams increase their research productivity and better control their risk by enabling them to make more informed decisions, such as where to conduct drilling activity."

Society of Exploration Geophysicists publications director Ted Bakamjian said: "We are excited to launch SEG publications;Geophysics, Interpretation, and The Leading Edge, in Geofacets.

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"The partnership between SEG and Geofacets will benefit SEG members and other geoscientists greatly, while expanding the value and impact of applied geophysics."

Geofacets consists of map content from three SEG journals including Geophysics, The Leading Edge and Interpretation.

The platform provides in-depth research of subsurface geology and integration capabilities to natural resource-exploration geoscientists and researchers.

Maps can be integrated into Schlumberger’s Petrel E&P software platform and various GIS platforms, including ESRI’s ArcGIS using the Geofacets connector.

In January 2015, Elsevier signed an agreement to integrate more than 100,000 maps from Wiley’s journals into the Geofacets platform to increase the amount of data available to geoscientists.