Elsevier and the American Geophysical Union Collaborate to Increase the Precision of Subsurface Geology Research

More than 80,000 geological maps added to Geofacets, Elsevier’s geoscience solution platform for natural resource exploration geoscientists

New York, September 10, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that select content from some of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) leading journals is now available in Geofacets. This addition of 80,000 maps will further increase the amount of essential geological information in the database, helping geoscientists make more informed interpretations and gain greater confidence in their recommendations and decisions regarding investments in new exploration opportunities.

Content to be added to Geofacets includes maps from around the globe, ranging from geologic to those with more specialized disciplines, such as tectonics, geophysics, geochemistry and oceanography. The content is sourced from eight AGU journals, including Tectonics, Journal of Geophysical Research (e.g., Earth Surface, Biogeosciences), Paleoceanography and Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. This integration will increase Geofacets’ content portfolio to more than 550,000 maps by the end of 2015.

Geofacets is a geoscience solution that enables comprehensive, in-depth research of subsurface geology. By providing georeferenced maps from trusted scientific sources that can be seamlessly integrated into GIS, modelling and presentation software, geoscientists will be able to enhance their geologic knowledge and insight.

“We are delighted to be able to offer our users access to AGU’s industry-leading content. Making AGU maps easily discoverable and downloadable within the Geofacets platform will give geoscientists a better understanding of the subsurface structure, properties, composition and, its evolution,” said Phoebe McMellon, Director of Product Management for Geofacets. “As a result, organizations using Geofacets can make better interpretations and more informed decisions about where to drill, while mitigating risk in drilling and development activities—ultimately accelerating their geoscientists’ productivity.”

“Whether they know it or not, every day, people rely on the results of Earth and space science research in one way or another. Data from this critically important research informs decisions in sectors ranging from agriculture to oil and gas exploration, helping to protect public safety and to drive our economy,” said Christine McEntee, AGU’s Executive Director/CEO. “Participating in Geofacets will allow AGU to extend the impact of our members’ research by ensuring that scientists and researchers around the world have access to the quality data they need to inform their work. That kind of collaboration for a common good is at the heart of our mission to advance Earth and space science and its ability to benefit humanity.”

Following an agreement with Wiley in January 2015, AGU joins other organizations including the Geological Society of London, the SEPM/Society for Sedimentary Geology, the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), and the Geological Society of America in providing geoscientists seamless access to maps sourced from a subset of its publications. As part of the collaboration, AGU members will also have access to a special Millennium Edition of Geofacets.

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About the American Geophysical Union
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About Geofacets
Geofacets is a geoscience solution that enables efficient and thorough analysis of subsurface geology to empower confident natural resource exploration decisions and research. With a unique combination of expertly-curated and trusted geologic maps, geoscience and location-based map search, and the inclusion of georeferenced maps for seamless integration into GIS, modelling and presentation software, Geofacets helps leading companies and institutions worldwide enhance geologic knowledge, make critical exploration decisions and increase productivity.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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