Center for Wave Phenomena


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

CWP plans to hold an online Project Review Meeting September 29-30. Further details will be forthcoming.


Contact CWP:
Address: 924 16th St. Rm 283
      Golden, CO 80401


Congratulations on Award

Congratulations to Roel Snieder for being recognized with the Ange Melagro Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Mines' McBride Honors Program.

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Congratulations on Award

Congratulations to Ilya Tsvankin, CWP Director, for being chosen as the 2020 "Outstanding Educator" by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. This award honors individuals for excellence in geophysical education and providing mentoring and...

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