Center for Wave Phenomena



CWP 2017-18

Founded in 1983, the Center for Wave Phenomena collaborates with the petroleum industry, government agencies and academic institutions to conduct leading research in seismic exploration, monitoring and wave propagation. Originally founded by applied mathematicians, CWP combines mathematical rigor and computational sophistication with realistic representation of subsurface formations. While generally focused on the task of subsurface imaging for exploration and production of hydrocarbons, the Center for Wave Phenomena is a culturally diverse group of people, with a diverse set of 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 those many sponsors makes this experience possible.

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, and 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.

Contact us:
Phone: (303) 384-2178


Save the Date!

The CWP 2018 Project Review Meeting will be held May 14-16, 2018 in Golden, Colorado. Click on the “sponsor” tab at the top of the page for more details.

CWP/Mines alumni database

Hello CWP/Mines alumni! We are creating a new CWP alumni database and would love to hear from you. If you are a CWP alumnus, please send an email to and include your name and current email address. If you are using a personal email address, please be sure to include the name of your employer.  Thank you!

John Stockwell, CWP Research Associate, retires

Many of you worked with John Stockwell over the years, some for only a year or two, and some for much longer.  John retired in December after more than 40 years on the Mines campus, both as a student and later as a teacher, research associate, mentor, and an incredible wealth of history of the campus, and of the Department of Geophysics and the Center for Wave Phenomena. He started at Mines as an undergraduate when the Green Center was still a young building, and has dedicated himself to a lifetime of learning, and to sharing his love of science and mathematics with a long line of Mines students. Thank you, John, for your service to CWP and Mines!

2018 GSH-SEG Spring Symposium honors Professor Emeritus Dave Hale. Click on the image for more details.