Geoscience Imaging

Program Leader: Erdinc Saygin

Geoscience Imaging

Often regarded as the gold standard for the imaging of resources (especially hydrocarbon accumulations), the Seismic Imaging program aims to inform research in the following areas:

  • Joint modelling of seismic and other geophysical data, such as magnetotelluric data
  • Full-waveform imaging
  • Probabilistic imaging of resources using passive seismic data

Understanding how to utilise all of the waveform information recorded through seismic imaging is an area of active research worldwide, and the Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform aims to further this development by understanding how to incorporate other data to assist in full-waveform imaging. We also aspire to further the understanding of the uncertainty inherent in full-waveform imaging through the application of probabilistic modelling.

Passive seismic imaging, especially when coupled with magnetotelluric data, is of particular interest when investigating the thermal and chemical state of the lithosphere, which drives the fertilisation and concentration processes that underpin resource formation. In collaboration with partners, we aim to further these developments and understand how to apply such techniques to imaging the Earth’s uppermost mantle (the subcrustal lithospheric mantle) and the crust.