In the next few posts I will take a look at some of the color palettes used for seismic amplitude display, and discuss ways we can design more perceptual and more efficient ones.
But to start, I would like to ask readers to look at two sets of seismic images and answer the survey questions in each section. Far from being exhaustive sets, these are meant as a teaser to get a conversation started and exchange opinions and preferences.
The seismic line below is inline 424 from the F3 dataset, offshore Netherlands from the Open Seismic Repository (licensed CC-BY-SA).
I generated an animation, played at 0.5 frames/second, where 8 different color palette are alternated in sequence. Please click on the image to see a full resolution animation. I also generated a 0.25 frame/second version and a 1 frame/second version.
The images used to create the panel below are portions of seismic displays kindly provided by Steve Lynch of 3rd Science Solutions, generated using data released by PeruPetro. I am grateful to both.
Thanks to Matt Hall and Evan Bianco of Agile Geoscience for their suggestions.