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Seismic imaging

Theme Leader: Erdinc Saygin

Often regarded as the gold standard for the imaging of resources (especially hydrocarbon accumulations), seismic imaging aims to conduct 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 Deep Earth Imaging aims to further this development by understanding how to incorporate other data to assist in full-waveform imaging. We also desire to further the understanding of the uncertainty inherent in full-waveform imaging through the application of probabilistic modelling.

Passive seismic, especially when coupled with magentotelluric data, is of particular interest in understanding the thermal and chemical state of the lithosphere which underpins the fertilisation of resources. In collaboration with partners, we aim to further these developments and understand how to apply such techniques to imaging both the uppermost mantle (the subcrustal lithospheric mantle) and the crust.