This volume documents part of the Shell Digital Geology project that has demonstrated how you can use digitalisation and its many flavours to your benefit for subsurface characterisation. Conveying complex geological concepts, business workflows used in Exploration, Development and Production and their links to decision-making has never been more transparent and easier to explain than via the Digital Geology exhibition and its associated learning nuggets. The novel set-up allows communicating to a wide range of audiences in an interactive and exciting way how geoscientists and engineers are dealing with developing an understanding of the subsurface and how such knowledge is used in the life cycle of subsurface projects. Therefore, the concepts behind Digital Geology can be applied in many ways, be it for hydrocarbon exploration and development, carbon capture and sequestration, geothermal energy or water resource management.
A deep knowledge of the subsurface geology is key for the success of our societies. To communicate this within them and within the geoscience and engineering communities will be equally important when it comes to providing future solutions for the energy transition. This transition will only work if we manage to translate workflows initially developed for hydrocarbons, and presented in this book, seamlessly into next-generation, decentralized energy solutions. Such will involve hydrogen storage, sequestration of green house gases as well as shallow and deep geothermal resources – our next challenge.