Center for Wave Phenomena

Welcome

The Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) collaborates with the petroleum industry, government agencies and academic institutions to conduct leading research in seismic exploration, monitoring and wave propagation. Originally founded in 1983 by applied mathematicians, the CWP combines mathematical rigor and computational sophistication with realistic representation of subsurface formations. While subsurface imaging for exploration and production of hydrocarbons is a main focus of the CWP,  we are a culturally diverse group of people with diverse research interests. This diversity strengthens our research program. It ensures that our students and visitors experience both the freedom to choose research problems that suit them best and the responsibility to choose problems that are relevant to our sponsors. Financial support from and collaboration with our sponsors makes this experience possible.

The CWP is unparalleled in the breadth of its research program and has been instrumental in developing the foundation for such key seismic technologies as wave-equation-based imagery and tomography, inversion and processing for anisotropic media, and seismic interferometry. The range of topics in the current CWP research portfolio includes:

  • elastic wavefield imaging and tomography,
  • 3D acoustic/elastic wave propagation,
  • novel acquisition methods using robotics and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS),
  • quantification of uncertainty in seismic inversion,
  • seismic interferometry,
  • Marchenko imaging,
  • anisotropic processing and 3D elastic inversion of microseismic data,
  • waveform inversion for transversely isotropic and orthorhombic media, and
  • anisotropic wave-equation velocity analysis.

The consortium actively works on large-scale cluster and GPU computing.

We are associated with the Department of Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines, a public research university dedicated to engineering and applied sciences in Golden, Colorado.

Annual Consortium Meeting

May 17-19, 2021.
Details will be available on the sponsors’ resource page in April. 

 

Contact CWP:
Email: cwpinfo@mines.edu
Address: 924 16th St. Rm 283
      Golden, CO 80401

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CWP at SEG

Many of our students will be presenting at the online conference of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Visit our presentations page to get more details.

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Notable Alum

We are proud to announce that CWP alumnus Farhad Bazargani is a co-author of the best oral presentation at the 2019 SEG Annual Meeting.

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Congrats to all those who have been recognized by awards at the 2020 SEG annual meeting, including our very own Dr. Ilya Tsvankin!