Joint SEG-AGU Summer Research Workshop


Scientific Committee

Prof. David Lumley, University of Western Australia

Prof. Greg Beroza, Stanford University

Uwe Albertin, Chevron
John Hole, Virginia Tech
German Prieto, MIT
Partha Routh, ExxonMobil
Victor Tsai, Caltech

Joint SEG-AGU Summer Research Workshop

Advances in Active+Passive "Full Wavefield" Seismic Imaging: From Reservoirs to Plate Tectonics

22-24 July 2014
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada

Registration is closed.

The purpose of this joint SEG-AGU summer research workshop is to bring together leading scientists in full wavefield seismic imaging/inversion research from across a broad spectrum to share their knowledge and challenges, compare notes and find synergies that may lead to new collaborations and breakthroughs in imaging the Earth.


Registration is closed.

Hotel Information

The Hyatt Regency Vancouver will be the location for the workshop. SEG has secured a limited number of hotel rooms at a special group rate of $185CAD per night plus tax. You may make your reservation online, or you may call the hotel and ask for the SEG/AGU Summer Research Workshop Rate. To make reservations at the Hyatt Regency over the phone, please call +1 604-683-1234. The hotel's address is 655 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Confirmed Discussion Leaders
David Lumley (UWA), Greg Beroza (Stanford), John Hole (Virginia Tech), Victor Tsai (Caltech), Felix Herrmann (UBC), Peter Gerstoft (UCSD), Sjoerd de Ridder (UST China), German Prieto (MIT), Dylan Mikesell (MIT), Marine Denolle (Scripps), Uwe Albertin (Chevron), Jeff Shragge (UWA), Scott Burdick (MIT), Miaki Ishii (Harvard), Kees Wapenaar (TUDelft), Po Chen (Wyoming), Denes Vigh (WesternGeco), Mike Warner (Imperial), Mrinal Sen (UTIG), Gerhard Pratt (UWO), Biondo Biondi (Stanford), Jesse Lawrence (Stanford), Anne Obermann (ETH), Partha Routh (ExxonMobil)
Workshop Background

Rapid developments are occurring in advanced seismic imaging and inversion research, using "full wavefield" approaches and very large broadband sensor arrays. These advances are happening at detailed reservoir scales (hydrocarbons, geothermal, groundwater, CO2 sequestration…), up to much larger earthquake seismology and global plate tectonics scales. 

Reservoir seismology researchers have decades of experience in developing full wavefield 3D and 4D (time-lapse) imaging and inversion techniques using active sources and large (10,000+) sensor arrays. These include (semi) permanent arrays on land and at sea, and wave-equation adjoint/inverse methods such as reverse time migration (RTM) and full waveform inversion (FWI). The ability to deploy large 3D semi-permanent arrays has opened up new possibilities for continuous recording, and thus to perform many new types of 3D and 4D full wavefield imaging and inversion with passive seismic data and ambient noise, something the earthquake seismology community is adept at.

In parallel, earthquake seismology researchers are increasingly deploying Large N broadband sensor arrays, which open up new possibilities for full wavefield imaging, monitoring and inversion at regional, basin, plate tectonic and global seismology scales. Using full wavefield adjoint imaging and inversion techniques, something the reservoir imaging community is adept at, it may be possible to gain unprecedented new resolution and understanding of earthquake source mechanisms, plate tectonic dynamics, and global earth structure.

It seems the time is right to bring together a broad cross-section of seismology imaging and inversion scientists to discuss recent advances, outstanding challenges, and the road ahead.

Workshop Topics
  • Large N, broadband, sensor arrays for both active source and passive seismic recording
  • Reverse-time/adjoint state imaging techniques and velocity analysis (RTM, MVA)
  • Full wavefield inversion (FWI) and velocity model estimation techniques
  • Wavefield coda, interferometry, and ambient noise imaging
  • Time-lapse monitoring, imaging and inversion using full wavefield techniques
  • Source mechanism estimation and inversion
  • Wave-equation detection and imaging of ultra weak microseismic energy (e.g., M < 0)
  • Plus many other wavefield imaging/inversion topics of interest
Workshop Format
  • 3 full days of technical sessions, including:
    • Keynote speaker/discussion leader presentations and Q&A discussion periods
    • Poster sessions followed by audience-wide discussion periods
  • Our goal is to attain a 50/50 equal distribution of presentation/discussion time
Workshop Process
  • Submit your abstract and application form for consideration to participate
  • The committee will review applications to determine workshop programming
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application/submission in May
  • Applicants will receive registration and housing information by email
  • Registration opens for speakers and other accepted attendees
  • Registrants should make reservations at Vancouver Hyatt Regency
  • Enjoy the workshop and make some great new contacts
Meeting Schedule*
  • Monday, 21 July: Badge pick-up
  • Tuesday, 22 July: Morning and afternoon sessions; coffee breaks, lunch and Icebreaker
  • Wednesday–Thursday, 23–24 July: Morning and afternoon sessions; coffee breaks and some meals

*This schedule is tentative and may change upon the completion of the abstract submission phase.


Sponsorship is a great way to offer individual and corporate support to the workshop, for student registration fee scholarships, etc. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities for this Workshop, please reference the Sponsorship Brochure, or email Kristi Smith for more information.

Visa Information and Invitation Letter

Participants in the joint SEG-AGU Summer Research Workshop may generate an official invitation letter using the form below. This form will generate a letter which you can print and use in obtaining a visa.

Create my letter

For those whose company or organization is planning on sending more than one individual to the workshop, additional documentation may be required for scheduling an appointment with the local Canadian embassy. If additional assistance is required, fill out a separate invitation letter for each individual requesting a visa using the form below. Each invitation letter has a unique reference number. Produce one cover letter listing all individuals who will be requesting a visa. The letter must include the following information for each individual. 

  • Name
  • Passport number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nationality as it appears on the passport
  • Reference number from the invitation letter

Fax these forms together with the cover letter printed on the group's official stationary to +1.918.497.5557. 

Please note that this letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry into Canada. 

If you have any questions about this form or the letter it generates, please email us.

SEG Meeting Planner

Kristi Smith, CMP