School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

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Andrew Curtis (click to contact)

Professor of Mathematical Geoscience

Director of Edinburgh Seismic Research

Head of the Edinburgh Interferometry Project (EIP)

Research areas

Complete list of Publications at the foot of this page - click for My Publication Statistics

6 Ph. D.'s + 1 Postdoc Available: "Scattering, Imaging, Monitoring and Real-Future Prediction" - CLICK HERE!

Other Postdoctoral positions: If you have a Ph. D., a strong C.V., and would like to research in Edinburgh, I am particularly keen to encourage and help you to apply for Fellowships (e.g., EU Marie Curie, NERC, Royal Society, Royal Society of Edinburgh, etc.). Contact me to discuss submitting a proposal.

Research Hosting Program: If you would be interested to visit Edinburgh for an extended period of research, click here for further information of our program which is open to industrial, governmental and academic researchers.

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Future & Recent Events

A Brief History of Mine

  • 2014-now : Professor of Mathematical Geoscience, The University of Edinburgh
  • 2009-2014: Total Professor of Mathematical Geoscience, The University of Edinburgh
  • 2005-2009: Reader of Exploration Seismology, The University of Edinburgh
  • 1997-2005: Senior then Principal Research Scientist, Schlumberger Cambridge Research
  • 1994-1997: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Theoretical Geophysics, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • 1990-1994: Doctorate in Geophysics, University of Oxford, UK
  • 1986-1990: B. Sc. Hons., Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, UK

Other Appointments

  • 2014-2015: Member, University of Edinburgh's Divestment Review Group
  • 2013-2015: President, Scientific Advisory Committee for RESIF
  • 2011-2013: Head, Institute of Earth and Planetary Science
  • 2012-Now : Member, Directorate of the Scottish Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage
  • 2011-2011: Visiting Professor, University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2011-2011: Visiting Scientist, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand
  • 2010-2010: Member, HEFCE pilot panel for REF in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
  • 2009-2013: Deputy Director, ECOSSE
  • 2007-Now : Director, Edinburgh Seismic Research
  • 2007-Now : Member, Society of Exploration Geophysics Research Committee
  • 2007-2011: Member of Editorial Board, Petroleum Geoscience
  • 2006-Now : Honorary Fellow, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2006-2006: Visiting Professor, Universitee Paris Sud, Orsay, France [2 months]
  • 2005-2010: Member of the Board, ECOSSE Joint Research Institute, UK
  • 2004-2011: Editor, Geophysical Journal International
  • 2001-2005: Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2000-2004: Leader, Schlumberger Mathematics Technical Community
  • 2003-2004: On Industrial Advisory Board, Alan Turing Institute of Mathematics, University of Manchester
  • 2001-2002: Co-Founder, European Corporate Innovation and Venturing Society
  • 2000-2001: Schlumberger Corporate Business Venturing Program: co-Founder and -Manager
  • 2000-2000: Member of Workplace 21 (6 months): an international project on the workplace of the future
  • 1997-1997: Visiting Scientist, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre [3 months]

And an Award or two!

Funding Secured

The following link lists income & donations secured for the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh.

University Administration

  1. Chair of the Board of Examiners, Earth Resources cluster of M. Sc. courses
  2. Degree Program Convenor, Geophysics B. Sc. Hons
  3. Program Director, Geoscience Masters by Research (M. Res.) degrees
  4. Course Organiser, Exploration Geophysics (3rd year) & Exploration Seismology (4th year) on Geophysics B. Sc. Hons degree
  5. Deputy Course Organiser, GeoSEAD Masters course
  6. Organiser of Earth Resources Group
  7. Chair of "Research Development and Commercialisation Group"

Current and Previous Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Ola Hosa [from 2015]: Modelling carbonate diagenesis and fluid flow
  • Melody Runge [from 2015]: Eliciting robust Geological prior information
  • Erica Galetti [from 2015]: Monitoring environmental risks of shale gas extraction
  • Giovanni Meles [from 2011]: Interferometry and Imaging Methods
  • Arash Gandomi [from 2009-2011]: Geophysical monitoring of subsurface CO2 storage reservoirs
  • Debbie Polson [from 2008-2010]: Risk analysis for CO2 storage projects
  • Darrel Coles [from 2008-2010]: Survey design methods in industrial applications
  • Travis Poole [from 2007-2010]: Imaging methods using 'over-under' seismic streamer data

Current Ph. D. students

GPM Annotated Output University of Edinburgh, UK:
  • Carlos da Costa Filho [August 2013-]: Autofocussing
  • Claire Allmark [September 2013-]: Ambient noise nonlinear tomography
  • Youqian Zhao [October 2015-]: Seismic location using coda wave interferometry
  • Stephanie Earp [September 2015-]: Interferometry and Imaging
  • Jonathan Singh [September 2015-]: Carbonate geomechanics and rock physics
  • Phil Cilli [October 2015-]: Carbonate rock physics
  • Angus Lomas [November 2015-]: Imaging sub-salt reservoirs
  • Alyssa Crippen [November 2015-]: Real-future fracture forecasting
  • Xin Zhang [November 2015-]: Interferometry and Imaging
  • Dominic Cummings [January 2016-]: Interferometry and Imaging
  • Eva Dokter [January 2016-]: Scattering and Multiples
University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), France:

Previous Ph. D. students

  • Matteo Ravasi [February 2012-2015]: Interferometry and Imaging Methods. Matteo was awarded the Gustavo Sclocchi Theses award 2015, and the Keith Runcorn Thesis Prize from the Royal Astronomical Society!
  • Elizabeth Entwistle [September 2010-2014]: Recording old earthquakes with new seismometers using source-receiver interferometry
  • Erica Galetti [September 2010-2015]: Interferometry and nonlinear tomography
  • Matt Walker [September 2010-2014]: Exact sampling, geostatistical inversion and prior information
  • Katrin Loer [January 2012-2015]: Scattering of waves and scattering path analysis
  • Sophie Harland [September 2011-2015]: Mathematical/Computational Geological Flow Modelling in Carbonates
  • John Gonzalez [October 2008-]: Estimating body and surface waves using virtual sources and receivers
  • Martin Martin [December 2012-]: Interferometry and Imaging Methods. Martin has transferred to a PhD at ETH Zurich.
  • Suzannah Toulmin [2007-2012]: Geophysical detection/characterisation of gas hydrates. Jointly supervised with Ingo Pecher at Heriot-Watt University.
  • Zara Rawlinson [November 2011-2012]: Deconvolutional Interferometry. Zara decided to submit her work for an M. Sc. by Research.
  • Simon King [September 2007-2011]: Subsurface imaging using interferometry and over-under seismic data. Simon is now in the Geophysical Research department of Fugro in London.
  • Hamidreza Hamdi [2008-2012]: Joint interpretation of well test and seismic data. Jointly supervised with Patrick Corbett at Heriot-Watt University.
  • Angeleena Thomas [September 2006-2012]: Image log interpretation using neural networks. Angeleena now works for Schlumberger in Norway.
  • Heather Nicolson [Sept 2006-2011]: Interferometric surface wave tomography across the UK. Heather now works for Wood Mackenzie in Edinburgh.
  • Thomas Guest [Sept 2006-2010]: Designing surveys for dynamic, subsurface targets. Tom now works for RMS.
  • Mohammad Shahraeeni [May 2007-2010]: Waveform inversion for rock facies. Mohamad now works for Total Research.
  • Craig Duguid [September 2009-2010]: Wavefield interferometry. Craig decided to submit his work for an M. Sc. by Research for which he received a Distinction!
  • Adam Wilson [Sept 2005-2010]: Theory and methods of frequency-dependent AVO inversion
  • David Halliday [Sept 2005-2009]: "Surface wave interferometry". David was awarded the EAGE's 2010 Van Weelden Award, and the Royal Astronomical Society's 2010 Keith Runkorn Prize, both for best Ph. D. Thesis, and also the SEG's 2013 J. Clarence Karcher Award!
  • David Price [Oct 2003-2009]: "Conditioning well logs to core micro-tomography"
  • Ueli Meier [2003-2008]: "Bayesian inversion of surface wave data for discontinuities and velocity structure in the upper mantle using Neural Networks". Ueli was awarded a Ph. D. with HONOURS (Cum Laude) - awarded only to top 10% of all Ph. D.'s - at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands!
  • Jon Hill [2002-2007]: "Modelling of reefs and shallow marine carbonates". Image of geological process model shown above-right. See also Geology Rocks which Jon runs.
  • Robbert van Vossen [2000-2005]: "Deconvolution of land seismic data for source and receiver characteristics and near-surface properties". Robbert was awarded a Ph. D. with HONOURS (Cum Laude) - awarded only to top 10% of all Ph. D.'s - at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands!
  • Dirk-Jan van Manen [Nov 2002-2006]: "Time reversal and Interferometry with applications to forward modeling of wave propagation and a chapter on receiver functions". Dirk-Jan was awarded the EAGE's 2007 Van Weelden Award for the best thesis, the SEG's 2008 J. Clarence Karcher Award for the contributions to science in the thesis, and was runner up in the Royal Astronomical Society's 2008 Keith Runkorn Ph. D. Thesis Prize!
  • Lifeng Wang [Oct 2003-2007]: Frequency-dependent anisotropy in seismic data

Some Publications

  • R. Wood, A. Curtis and A. Kayser, Granted 2011. Classification method for sedimentary rocks. Patent number: US 7869565.
  • A. Curtis, 2008. Seismic Interferometry [title confidential]. Provisional patent filing.
  • D. Halliday and A. Curtis, 2008. Seismic Interferometry [title confidential]. Provisional patent filing.
  • D. Halliday, A. Curtis, and E Kragh 2008. Seismic Interferometry [title confidential]. Provisional patent filing.
  • D.-J. van Manen, J. Robertsson, A. Curtis, 2006. Method of simulating seismic data after making arbitrary localised model updates giving exact 'full-grid' results using only a local simulation on a small sub-grid around the updated region [title confidential]. UK patent filing.
  • D.-J. van Manen, J. Robertsson, A. Curtis, 2005. Method of noise suppression [title confidential]. USA patent filing.
  • J. Robertsson, D.-J. van Manen, A. Curtis, 2004. Method of simulating seismic data. [Reduces simulation times by factors of up to 106 for inverse problems]. PCT patent filing.
  • R. van Vossen, A. Curtis, J. Trampert 2004. Method for correcting seismic data. [Inversion for multi-component source and receiver coupling]. PCT patent filing.
  • R. Wood, A. Curtis, A. Kaiser 2004. A classification method for sedimentary rocks. [For carbonates, uses x-ray micro-tomography and SEM data]. PCT patent filing.
  • D.-J. van Manen, A. Curtis, J. O. A. Robertsson 2003. Multi-component seismic data processing. [Dix-Krey formulae for receiver functions]. PCT patent filing.
  • R. Van Vossen, A. Curtis, and J. Trampert 2003. Method for retrieving local near-surface material information. PCT patent, filing number: 0300876.0.
  • D.-J. van Manen, A. Curtis, J. O. A. Robertsson 2003. Multi-component seismic data processing. [Dix-Krey formulae for receiver functions]. Provisional patent filing.
  • J. Robertsson and A. Curtis. Wavefield Separation And Estimation Of Near Surface Properties In Land Seismic. GB Patent No. 2,358,468 A, PCT Patent No. WO 01/53854 A1. Granted 27/2/2002.
  • A. Curtis, J. Robertsson, and R. Muijs. System and method for estimating seismic material properties. UK Patent No. 2,358,469A, PCT Patent No. WO 01/53853 A1. Granted 27/2/2002.
  • J. Robertsson and A. Curtis. Seismic detection apparatus and related method. UK Patent No. 2,341,680B. (Volumetric seismic recording geometries and related methods).
  • D.-J. van Manen, J. O. A. Robertsson and A. Curtis 2002. Perturbation Corrections Of Multi-component Seismic Recordings. Filing Number 201646.7.
  • A. Curtis, D.-J. van Manen and J. O. A. Robertsson 2001. Seabed Statics. Filing Number 101936.3.
  • A. Curtis, D.-J. van Manen and J. O. A. Robertsson 2001. Sea-bed Statics. (Different patent from above!). Filing Number 110573.3.
  • A. Curtis, D. J. van Manen, and J. O. A. Robertsson, Seabed shear wave statics estimation, UK Patent application 14.0186, November 2000.
  • A. Curtis, S. Ryan-Grigor and J. Martin 1999. Method And System For Electroseismic Monitoring Of Microseismicity. Grant Number 2,349,222 (GB).

Book: Geological Prior Information
Papers in journals/books (in press):
  • E. Galetti, A. Curtis, B. Baptie, D. Jenkins, H. Nicolson. Transdimensional Love-wave tomography of the British Isles and shear-velocity structure of the East Irish Sea Basin from ambient-noise interferometry. Geophys. J. Int.
  • C. da Costa Filho and A. Curtis. Attenuating multiple-related imaging artifacts using combined imaging conditions. Geophysics.
  • A. Penny, R. Wood, A. Zhuravlev, A. Curtis, F. Bowyer, R. Tostevin. Intraspecific variation in an early skeletal metazoan: Namacalathus from the Ediacaran Nama Group, Namibia. Geobiology.
  • R. Tostevin, R. A. Wood, G. A. Shields, S. W. Poulton, R. Guilbaud, F. Bowyer, A. M. Penny, T. He1, A. Curtis, K. H. Hoffman, M. O. Clarkson. Low oxygen waters limited habitable space for early animals. Nature Communications.

Papers in journals/books (published):


  • O. Hosa, A. Curtis, R. Wood, 2016. Calibrating Lattice Boltzmann flow simulations and estimating uncertainty in the permeability of complex porous media. Advances in Water Resources, Vol.94, pp.60-74, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.04.020 (PDF)
  • G. Meles, K. Wapenaar, A. Curtis, 2016. Reconstructing primary reflections in seismic data by Marchenko redatuming and convolutional interferometry. Geophysics, Vol.81, No.2, pp.Q25-Q26, doi:10.1190/GEO2015-0377.1 (PDF)
  • K. Loer, A. Curtis, G. Meles, 2016. Relating source-receiver interferometry to the inverse-scattering series provides a new method to estimate internal multiples. Geophysics, Vol.81, No.3, pp.Q27-Q40, doi:10.1190/GEO2015-0330.1 (PDF)
  • M. Ravasi, I. Vasconcelos, A. Kritski, A. Curtis, C. Alberto da Costa Filho and G. Meles, 2016. Target-oriented Marchenko imaging of a North Sea field. Geophys. J. Int., 205, pp.99-104, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv528 (PDF).


  • A. Curtis as one of the 9-member Fossil Fuels Review Group, University of Edinburgh, 2015. REPORT: Report of the Fossil Fuels Review Group (PDF).
  • A. Curtis (Ed.), 2015. REPORT: Fossil Fuels Review Group 2014-2015; Input from the School of GeoSciences (PDF).
  • Harland. S.R., Wood. R.A., Curtis. A., van Dijke. M.I.J., Stratford. K., Jiang. Z., Kallel. W., Sorbie. K., 2015 Quantifying flow in variably wet microporous carbonates using object-based geological modelling and both lattice-Boltzmann and pore network fluid flow simulations. AAPG Bulletin, Vol. 99, No. 10, pp.1827–1860 (PDF).
  • C. Alberto da Costa Filho, M. Ravasi, A. Curtis, 2015. Elastic P and S wave autofocus imaging with primaries and internal multiples. Geophysics, Vol 80, No 5, pp.S187–S202, doi:10.1190/GEO2014-0512.1 (PDF).
  • M. Ravasi, I. Vasconcelos, A. Curtis, A. Kritski, 2015. Vector-Acoustic reverse time migration of Volve OBC dataset without up/down decomposed wavefields. Geophysics, Vol. 80, No. 4, pp.S137-S150, doi: 10.1190/GEO2014-0554.1 (PDF).
  • M. Ravasi, G. Meles, A. Curtis, Z. Rawlinson, Y. Liu, 2015. Seismic interferometry by multi-dimensional deconvolution without wavefield separation. Geophys. J. Int., 202, pp.1-16, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv062 (PDF).
  • M. Ravasi, I. Vasconcelos, A. Curtis, 2015. Elastic extended images and velocity-sensitive objective functions using multiple reflections and transmissions. Geophys. J. Int., 202, pp.943-960, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv173 (PDF , SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL)
  • E. Galetti, A. Curtis, G. Meles and B. Baptie, 2015. Uncertainty loops in travel-time tomography from nonlinear wave physics. Phys. Rev. Lett., 114, 148501, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.148501 (PDF , SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL)
  • K. Loer, G. Meles, A. Curtis, 2015. Automatic identification of multiply diffracted waves and their ordered scattering paths. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 137 (4), pp.1834-1845, doi:10.1121/1.4906839 (PDF).
  • E. Entwistle, A. Curtis, E. Galetti, B. Baptie, G. Meles, 2015. Recording old earthquakes on new seismometers: Retrospective seismology at multiple length scales. J. Geophys. Res., 120, pp. 1-25, doi:10.1002/2014JB011607 (PDF).
  • R. A. Wood and A Curtis, 2015 Extensive metazoan reefs from the Ediacaran Nama Group, Namibia: the rise of benthic suspension feeding. Geobiology, 13(2), pp.112–122, doi:10.1111/gbi.12122 (PDF).
  • G. Meles, K. Löer, M. Ravasi, A. Curtis, C. A. da Costa Filho, 2015. Internal multiple prediction and removal using Marchenko autofocusing and seismic interferometry. Geophysics, 80(1), pp.A7–A11, doi:10.1190/GEO2014-0408.1 (PDF).
  • R. A. Wood, S. W. Poulton, A. R. Prave, K-H. Hoffmann, M. O. Clarkson, R. Guilbaud, J. W. Lyne, A. Curtis, S. A. Kasemann, 2015. Dynamic redox conditions control late Ediacaran ecosystems in the Nama Group, Namibia. Precambrian Research, 261, pp.252-271, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2015.02.004 (PDF).
  • D. Polson and A. Curtis, 2015. Assessing individual influence on group decisions in geological carbon capture and storage problems. Chapter in, "Collaborative knowledge in scientific research networks", ed. P Diviacco, P. Fox, C. Pshenichny and A. Leadbetter, pub. IGI Books. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6567-5.ch004 (PDF).


  • R. Wood and A. Curtis. Extensive metazoan reefs from the Ediacaran Nama Group, Namibia: the rise of benthic suspension feeding. Geobiology. DOI: 10.1111/gbi.12122 (PDF).
  • M. Walker and A. Curtis, 2014. Spatial Bayesian inversion with localized likelihoods: an exact sampling alternative to McMC. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, pp.5741–5761, doi:10.1002/2014JB011010 (PDF).
  • M. Walker and A. Curtis, 2014. Expert elicitation of geological spatial statistics using genetic algorithms. Geophys. J. Int., 198, pp.342–356, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu132 (PDF).
  • M. Walker and A. Curtis, 2014. Varying prior information in Bayesian inversion. Inverse Problems 30 (2014) 065002 (PDF and Supporting Material). This paper was selected by Inverse Problems to be included in its Highlights of 2014 collection!
  • G. Meles and A. Curtis, 2014. Finger-printing ordered diffractions in multiply-diffracted waves. Geophys. J. Int., 198, pp.1701–1713, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu195 (PDF).
  • G. Meles and A. Curtis, 2014. Discriminating physical and non-physical energy in wavefield interferometry. Geophys. J. Int. 197, No. 3, pp. 642-1659, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu054 (PDF).
  • C. da Costa Filho, M. Ravasi, A. Curtis and G. Meles. Elastodynamic Green's Function Retrieval through Single-Sided Marchenko Inverse Scattering. Phys. Rev. E., 90, paper number 063201, pp.063201-1 - 063201-8. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.063201 (PDF).
  • M. Ravasi, I Vasconcelos, A. Curtis, 2014. Beyond conventional migration: nonlinear elastic subsalt imaging with transmissions and two-sided illumination. Geophys. J. Int., 198, pp.1173–1185, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu192 (PDF).
  • A. Penny, R. Wood, A. Curtis, F. Bowyer, R. Tostevin and K. H. Hoffman, 2014. Ediacaran metazoan reefs from the Nama Group, Namibia. Science, 344, pp.1504-1506, doi: 10.1126/science.1253393, (PDF).
  • H. Nicolson, A. Curtis and B. Baptie, 2014. Rayleigh Wave Tomography of the British Isles from Ambient Seismic Noise. Geophys. J. Int., 198, pp.637–655, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu071 (PDF).
  • K. Loer, G. Meles, A. Curtis and I. Vasconcelos, 2014. Diffracted and pseudo-physical waves from spatially-limited arrays using source-receiver interferometry (SRI). Geophys. J. Int., 196, No.2, pp.1043-1059, doi:10.1093/gji/ggt435 (PDF and Supporting Material).


  • A. JafarGandomi and A. Curtis, 2013. Assessing the seismic AVA detectability of CO2 storage sites using novel time-lapse attributes. Petroleum Geoscience, 19, No. 4, pp. 357 - 374, doi: (PDF).
  • G. Meles and A. Curtis, 2013. Physical and non-physical energy in scattered wave source-receiver interferometry. J. Acoustic. Soc. Am. 133(6), pp. 3790-3801, doi:10.1121/1.4802825 (PDF)
  • M. Ravasi and A. Curtis, 2013a. Elastic imaging with exact wavefield extrapolation for application to ocean bottom 4C seismic data. Geophysics, 78 (6), S265-S284, doi:10.1190/GEO2013-0152.1 (PDF)
  • M. Ravasi and A. Curtis, 2013b. Nonlinear scattering based imaging in elastic media: theory, theorems and imaging conditions. Geophysics 78(3), pp. S137–S155, doi:10.1190/GEO2012-0286.1 (PDF)
  • E. Galetti, D. Halliday, A. Curtis, 2013. A simple and exact acoustic wavefield modeling code for data processing, imaging and interferometry applications. Geophysics, 78, No. 6, pp. F17-F27. doi:10.1190/geo2012-0443.1 (PDF and Code)
  • M. Vasmel, J. O. A. Robertsson, D.-J. van Manen, A. Curtis, 2013. Immersive experimentation in a wave propagation laboratory. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Express Letters, 134, No. 6, pp. EL492 - EL498, doi: 10.1121/1.4826912 (PDF) .
  • A. Runge, F. Scherbaum, A. Curtis, C. Riggelsen, 2013. An interactive tool for the elicitation of subjective probabilities in probabilistic seismic hazard assessment. Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., 103, No. 5, pp. 2862–2874, (PDF)
  • L. De Siena, E. Del Pezzo, C. Thomas, A. Curtis, L. Margerin, 2013. Seismic energy envelopes in volcanic media: in need of boundary conditions. Geophys. J. Int., 195, No. 2, pp. 1102-1119, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt273 (PDF).


  • A. Curtis, Y. Behr, E. Entwistle, E. Galetti, J. Townend, S. Bannister, 2012. The benefit of hindsight in observational science: retrospective seismological observations. Earth and Planetary Science Letters,vol. 345-348, pp. 212-220 (PDF)
  • A. Curtis, 2012. The science of subjectivity. Geology. 40, pp. 95-96. doi: 10.1130/focus012012.1 (PDF)
  • E. Galetti and A. Curtis, 2012. Generalised receiver functions and seismic interferometry. Tectonophysics. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2011.12.004 (PDF)
  • S. King and A. Curtis, 2012. Suppressing nonphysical reflections in Green's function estimates using source-receiver interferometry. Geophysics, 77(1), pp. Q15-Q25. doi: 10.1190/GEO2011-0300.1 (PDF)
  • A. JafarGandomi and A. Curtis, 2012. Assessing the monitorability of CO2 saturation in subsurface saline aquifers. Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control. 7, pp. 244–260. doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2011.10.015 (PDF)
  • E. Winterfors and A. Curtis, 2012. A Bifocal Measure of Expected Ambiguity in Bayesian Nonlinear Parameter Estimation. Technometrics, 54(2), pp. 179-190. doi: 10.1080/00401706.2012.676953 (PDF)
  • D. Polson, A. Curtis, C. Vivalda, 2012. Environmental Risk of Carbon Capture and Storage. In: Advances in Environmental Research. vol. 20, chap. 8, pp.181-196. Nova Publishers.
  • J. Hill, R. Wood, A. Curtis, D. Tetzlaff, 2012. Preservation of forcing signals in shallow water carbonate sediments. Sedimentary Geology, 275–276, pp. 79–92. doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2012.07.017 (PDF)
  • M. Shahraeeni, A. Curtis and G. Chao, 2012. Fast probabilistic petrophysical mapping of reservoirs from 3D seismic data. Geophysics, 77(3), pp. O1–O19. doi:10.1190/GEO2011-0340.1 (PDF)
  • D. Halliday, A. Curtis and K. Wapenaar, 2012. Generalised PP+PS=SS from seismic interferometry. Geophys. J. Int., 189, pp. 1015–1024. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05396.x (PDF)
  • D. Polson, A. Curtis and C. Vivalda, 2012. The Evolving Perception of Risk During Reservoir Evaluation Projects for Geological Storage of CO2. Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control, 9, pp. 10-23. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2012.02.010 (PDF)
  • H. Nicolson, A. Curtis, B. Baptie and E. Galetti, 2012. Seismic Interferometry and Ambient Noise Tomography in the British Isles. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 123, Issue 1, pp. 74-86. doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.04.002 (PDF)


  • D. Polson, A. Curtis and C. Vivalda, 2011. Risk and Uncertainty. In, Smith, M., Campbell, D., Mackay, E., Polson, D., 2011: CO2 Aquifer Storage Site Evaluation and Monitoring. Pub. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, ISBN: 978-0-9571031-0-8. Chap. 5, pp. 121-140. (PDF)
  • A. JafarGandomi and A. Curtis, 2011. How do we know where CO2 is? Developments in Geophysical Monitoring. In, Smith, M., Campbell, D., Mackay, E., Polson, D., 2011: CO2 Aquifer Storage Site Evaluation and Monitoring. Pub. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, ISBN: 978-0-9571031-0-8. Chap. 5, pp. 103-119. (PDF)
  • S. Mander, D. Polson, T. Roberts and A. Curtis, 2011. Risk from CO2 storage in saline aquifers: a comparison of lay and expert perceptions of risk. Energy Procedia, 4, pp. 6360-6367. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.653 (PDF)
  • S. King and A. Curtis, 2011. Velocity analysis using both reflections and refractions in seismic interferometry. Geophysics, 76(5) pp. SA83–SA96. doi:10.1190/GEO2011-0008.1 (PDF)
  • A. JafarGandomi and A. Curtis, 2011. Detectability of petrophysical properties of subsurface CO2-saturated aquifer reservoirs using surface geophysical methods. The Leading Edge, 30(10), pp. 1112-1121. (PDF)
  • C. Duguid, D. Halliday and A. Curtis, 2011. Source-Receiver Interferometry for Seismic Wavefield Construction and Ground Roll Removal. The Leading Edge, 30(8), pp. 838-843. (PDF)
  • T. Guest and A. Curtis, 2011. On standard and optimal designs of industrial-scale 2-D seismic surveys. Geophysical Journal International 186, pp.825–836. (PDF)
  • D. Coles and A. Curtis, 2011. A free lunch in azimuthally anisotropic survey design. Comp. Geosci. 37, pp. 1026–1034. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2010.09.012 (PDF)
  • A. Thomas, M. Rider, A. Curtis and A. MacArthur, 2011. Automated lithology extraction from core photographs. First Break. 29, June, pp.103-109 (PDF)
  • M. Shahraeeni and A. Curtis, 2011. Fast probabilistic nonlinear petrophysical inversion. Geophysics. 76 (2), pp. E45–E58, doi: 10.1190/1.3540628 (PDF)
  • D. Coles and A. Curtis, 2011. Efficient nonlinear Bayesian survey design by DN-optimization. Geophysics. 76 (2): pp. Q1–Q8. doi: 10.1190/1.3552645 (PDF)
  • P. Eke, M. Naylor, S. Haszeldine and A. Curtis, 2011. CO2-Brine Surface Dissolution and Injection: CO2 Storage Enhancement. SPE Projects, Facilities & Construction. 6 (1): 41-53. SPE-124711-PA. doi: 10.2118/124711-PA (PDF)
  • S. King, A. Curtis and T. Poole, 2011. Interferometric velocity analysis using physical and nonphysical energy. Geophysics, Vol.76, No.1, pp. SA35-SA49, doi: 10.1190/1.3521291 (PDF)


  • A. Curtis and D. Halliday, 2010. Source-receiver wave field interferometry. Physical Review E, Vol.81, No.4, pp. 046601-1 - 046601-10. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.046601 (PDF)
  • A. Curtis and D. Halliday, 2010. Directional balancing for seismic and general wavefield interferometry. Geophysics, Vol. 75, No. 1, pp. SA1–SA14. doi: 10.1190/1.3298736 (PDF)
  • D. Halliday and A. Curtis, 2010. An interferometric theory of source-receiver scattering and imaging. Geophysics, Vol.75, No.6 pp.SA95–SA103. doi: 10.1190/1.3486453 (PDF)
  • D. Polson and A. Curtis, 2010. Dynamics of uncertainty in geological interpretation. Journal of the Geological Society, London, Vol. 167, pp. 5-10. doi: 10.1144/0016-76492009-055. (PDF)
  • T. Guest and A. Curtis, 2010. Optimal Trace Selection for Amplitude Versus Angle (AVA) Processing of Shale-Sand Reservoirs. Geophysics, Vol.75, No.4, pp.C37-C47. doi: 10.1190/1.3462291 (PDF)
  • K. Wapenaar, E. Slob, R. Snieder, A. Curtis, 2010. Tutorial on seismic interferometry. Part 2: Underlying theory and new advances. Geophysics, Vol.75, No.5, pp.75A211–75A227. doi: 10.1190/1.3463440 (PDF; also, Part 1 (basic principles and applications) is available Here)
  • H. Maurer, A. Curtis and D. Boerner, 2010. Recent advances in optimized geophysical survey design. Geophysics, Vol.75, No.5, pp. 75A177–75A194. doi: 10.1190/1.3484194 (PDF)
  • D. Halliday, A. Curtis, P. Vermeer, C. Strobbia, A. Glushchenko, D-J. van Manen, J. O. A. Robertsson, 2010. Interferometric ground-roll removal: Attenuation of direct and scattered surface waves in single-sensor data. Geophysics, Vol.75, No.2, pp. SA15-SA25. doi: 10.1190/1.3360948 (PDF)
  • T. Poole, A. Curtis, J. O. A. Robertsson, D-J van Manen, 2010. Deconvolution imaging conditions and cross-talk suppression. Geophysics, Vol.75, No.6, pp.W1–W12. doi: 10.1190/1.3493638 (PDF)


  • A. Curtis, H. Nicolson, D. Halliday, J. Trampert and B. Baptie, 2009. Virtual seismometers in the subsurface of the Earth from seismic interferometry. Nature Geoscience, Vol. 2, pp. 700–704, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO615, (Article PDF and Supplementary Material PDF)
  • J. Hill, D. Tetzlaff, A. Curtis and R. Wood, 2009. Modeling shallow marine carbonate depositional systems. Computers & Geosciences, Vol. 35, pp. 1862–1874, (PDF)
  • S. Sargeant, L. Ottemöller, B. Baptie, A. Bell, A. Curtis and I. Main, 2009. Frontiers of Seismology. Astronomy and Geophysics (pub. Royal Astronomical Society, London), August, Vol. 50, pp. 4.31-4.34, (PDF)
  • U. Meier, J. Trampert and A. Curtis, 2009. Global variations of temperature and water content in the mantle transition zone from higher mode surface waves. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 282, pp. 91–101, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.03.004 (PDF)
  • D. Halliday and A. Curtis, 2009. Generalized optical theorem for surface waves and layered media. Phys. Rev. E 79, 056603, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.79.056603 (PDF)
  • D. Halliday and A. Curtis, 2009. Seismic interferometry of scattered surface waves in attenuative media. Geophys. J. Int. 178, pp. 419–446, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04153.x (PDF)
  • P. E. Eke, M. Naylor, S. Haszeldine and A. Curtis, 2009. CO2-Brine Surface Dissolution and Injection: CO2 Storage Enhancement, Publication SPE 124711, Proceedings of the 2009 SPE Offshore Europe Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition, Aberdeen, UK, 8–11 September 2009 (PDF)
  • D. Polson, A. Curtis, C. Vivalda and S. Saunier, 2009. Process for tracking the evolving perception of risk during CO2 storage projects, Publication SPE 124703, Proceedings of the 2009 SPE Offshore Europe Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition, Aberdeen, UK, 8–11 September 2009 (PDF)
  • T. Guest and A. Curtis, 2009. Iteratively constructive sequential design of experiments and surveys with nonlinear parameter-data relationships, J. Geophys. Res., 114, B04307, doi:10.1029/2008JB005948 (PDF)
  • Anthony Lomax, Alberto Michelini, Andrew Curtis 2009. Earthquake location, Direct, Global-Search Methods. in Meyers, R. A. (ed. in chief), Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science. Springer. (PDF)


  • D. Halliday and A. Curtis 2008. Seismic interferometry, surface waves, and source distribution. Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03918.x (PDF)
  • David Price, Andrew Curtis, Rachel Wood 2008. Statistical Correlation between Geophysical Logs and Extracted Core. Geophysics, Vol. 73, No. 3; pp. E97-E106. doi:10.1190/1.2890409 (PDF)
  • D. Halliday, A. Curtis, E. Kragh 2008. Seismic surface waves in a suburban environment - active and passive interferometric methods. The Leading Edge, Vol. 27, No. 2, doi:10.1190/1.2840369, pp. 210-218. (PDF)
  • Emanuel Winterfors and Andrew Curtis 2008. Numerical detection and reduction of non-uniqueness in nonlinear inverse problems. Inverse Problems, Vol. 24, No. 2, 025016. doi:10.1088/0266-5611/24/2/025016 (14pp). (PDF)

2007 Global Crustal Mean Shear Velocity

  • D-J van Manen, J. Robertsson, and A. Curtis 2007. Exact wavefield simulation for finite-volume scattering problems. J. Acoustic. Soc. Am. Express Letters, Vol. 122, No. 4, pp. EL115-EL121, DOI: 10.1121/1.2771371. (PDF)
  • David Halliday, Andrew Curtis, Dirk-Jan van Manen, Johan Robertsson 2007. Interferometric surface wave isolation and removal. Geophysics, Vol. 72, No. 5, pp.A69–A73. (PDF)
  • Ueli Meier, Andrew Curtis, Jeannot Trampert 2007. A global crustal model constrained by non-linearised inversion of fundamental mode surface waves. Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 34, L16304, doi:10.1029/2007GL030989. (PDF).
  • Roel Snieder, Susan Hubbard, Matthew Haney, Gerald Bawden, Paul Hatchell, Andre Revil and the DOE Monitoring Working Group 2007. Advanced non-invasive geophysical monitoring techniques. Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., Vol. 35, pp.653-683. (PDF)
  • Ueli Meier, Andrew Curtis, Jeannot Trampert 2007. Global crustal thickness from neural network inversion of surface wave data. Geophys. J. Int., Vol. 169, pp.706-722. (PDF).
  • A. Curtis, Peter Gerstoft, Haruo Sato, Roel Snieder, Kees Wapenaar 2006. Seismic Interferometry - Turning Noise into Signal. The Leading Edge, Vol. 25(9), pp.1082-1092. Received "Honorable Mention" in the Category of Best Paper in TLE. To be included in Geophysics Reprint Series book, "Seismic Interferometry" edited by K. Wapenaar, D. Draganov, and J. Robertsson. (PDF).
  • D.-J. van Manen, A. Curtis and J. O. A. Robertsson 2006. Interferometric modelling of wave propagation in inhomogeneous elastic media using time-reversal and reciprocity. Geophysics, vol. 71(4), pp. SI47-SI60 (PDF).
  • A. Curtis 2006. Seismic Reflection Processing With Special Reference to Anisotropy - A Review. Geophysical Journal International, 165, pp. 1067-1070. (PDF).
  • R. van Vossen, A. Curtis and J. Trampert 2006a. Surface-consistent amplitude corrections for single- or multi-component sources and receivers using reciprocity. Geophysical Journal International, 165, pp. 311-322. (PDF).
  • R. van Vossen, A. Curtis, A. Laake and J. Trampert 2006b. Surface-consistent deconvolution using reciprocity and waveform inversion. Geophysics, 71(2), pp. V19-V30. (PDF).
  • J. Hill, A. Curtis, R. Wood and D. Tetzlaff 2005. Modelling complexity in carbonates. In, Proceedings of Mathematical Geology, GIS and Spatial Analysis, Vol 1 and 2. Ed's: Cheng, BonhamCarter. pp.1141-1146 (MSWord).
  • R. van Vossen, A. Curtis and J. Trampert 2005. Subsonic near-surface P velocity and low S velocity observations using propagator inversion. Geophysics, 70(4), pages R15-R23. (PDF).
  • D.-J. van Manen, J. O. A. Robertsson and A. Curtis 2005. Modeling of wave propagation in inhomogeneous media. Phys. Rev. Lett., 94 (16), pp. 164301-1 - 164301-4. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis and R. Wood 2004b. Optimal elicitation of probabilistic information from experts. In, Geological Prior Information, A. Curtis and R. Wood ed's. Geol. Soc. Lond. Special Publication, Vol. 239; pp. 127-145; DOI 10.1144/GSL.SP.2004.239.01.09 (PDF)
  • M. Baddeley, A. Curtis and R. Wood 2004. An introduction to prior information derived from probabilistic judgements: elicitation of knowledge, cognitive bias and herding. In, Geological Prior Information, A. Curtis and R. Wood ed's. Geol. Soc. Lond. Special Publication 239. (PDF)
  • R. Wood and A. Curtis 2004. Geological prior information, and its applications to solving geoscientific problems. In, Geological Prior Information, A. Curtis and R. Wood ed's. Geol. Soc. Lond. Special Publication 239, 1-14. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis 2004a. Theory of model-based geophysical survey and experimental design Part A � Linear Problems. The Leading Edge, Vol. 23, No. 10, pp. 997-1004 (Invited Paper). (PDF)
  • A. Curtis 2004b. Theory of model-based geophysical survey and experimental design Part B � Nonlinear Problems. The Leading Edge, Vol. 23, No. 10, pp. 1112-1117 (Invited Paper). (PDF)
  • A. Curtis, A Michelini, D. Leslie and A. Lomax, 2004, Deterministic design of geophysical surveys by linear-dependence reduction. Geophys. J. Int., 157, 595-606. (PDF)
  • R. van Vossen, J. Trampert and A. Curtis 2004. Propagator and wave-equation inversion for near-receiver Earth properties. Geophys. J. Int., 157, 796-812. (PDF). Also published in EAGE and SEG extended abstracts, 2003 meetings.
  • Kayser, A., Gras, R., A. Curtis, Wood, R. 2004. New way to visualize internal rock structures. Offshore. 64, No. 8 (August). (PDF)
  • R. Muijs, J. O. A. Robertsson, A. Curtis and K. Holliger 2003. Near-surface seismic properties for elastic wavefield decomposition: Estimates based on multicomponent land and seabed recordings. Geophysics, 68, 2073-2081. (PDF)
  • J. van den Berg, A. Curtis and J. Trampert 2003. Bayesian, nonlinear experimental design applied to simple, geophysical examples. Geophys. J. Int., 55, No. 2, 411-421. (PDF) Correction: Geophys. J. Int., 161, No. 2, 265-265, 2005. (Correction PDF)
  • D.-J. van Manen, J. Robertsson, A. Curtis, R. Ferber and H. Paulssen 2003. Shear-wave statics using receiver functions. Geophys. J. Int., 153, No. 3, pp. F1-F5. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis and R. Snieder 2002. Probing the Earth's interior with seismic tomography. Chapter 52 , International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, Part A. William H. K. Lee, Hiroo Kanamori, Paul C. Jennings and Carl Kisslinger, ed�s. Academic Press pub. Vol. 81A in Int. Geophys. Series, pp. 861-874. (Paper_PDF, Colour_Plate_1_PDF, Colour_Plate_2_PDF)
  • A. Curtis and J. O. A. Robertsson 2002. Volumetric wavefield recording and near-receiver group velocity estimation for land seismics. Geophysics, 67 (5), 1602-1611. (PDF)
  • J. O. A. Robertsson and A. Curtis 2002. Wavefield separation using densely deployed, three component, single sensor groups in land surface seismic recordings. Geophysics, 67 (5), 1624-1633. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis and A. Lomax, 2001. Prior information, sampling distributions and the curse of dimensionality. Geophysics, 66, 372-378, 2001. (PDF)
  • H. Maurer, D. Boerner and A. Curtis 2000. Design strategies for electromagnetic geophysical surveys. Inverse Problems, 16, No 5, 1097-1117. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis and H. Maurer 2000. Optimising designs of geophysical experiments and surveys - is it worthwhile? EOS, Trans., Amer. Geophys. Union, 81, no. 20, 224-225. Reprinted in The Leading Edge, October 2000. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis, 1999. Optimal experiment design: Cross-borehole tomographic examples. Geophys. J. Int., 136, 637-650. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis, 1999. Optimal design of focussed experiments and surveys. Geophys J. Int., 139, 205-215. (PDF)
  • A. Girard and A. Curtis, 1999. Assessing the complexity of multi-dimensional misfit functions. Schlumberger Scientific Report (public).
  • R. Devilee, A. Curtis and K. Roy-Chowdhurry, 1999. An efficient, probabilistic, neural network approach to solving inverse problems: Inverting surface wave velocities for eurasian crustal thickness. J. Geophys. Res., 104 No. B12, pp. 28,841-28,856. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis, B. Dost, J. Trampert and R. Snieder, 1998. Eurasian fundamental mode surface wave phase velocities and their relationship to tectonic structures. J. Geophys. Res., 103, No. B11, pp. 26,919-26,947. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis and R. Snieder, 1997. Reconditioning inverse problems using the genetic algorithm and revised parameterisation. Geophysics, 62, No. 5, pp. 1,524-1,532. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis and J. H. Woodhouse, 1997. Crustal and upper mantle shear velocity structure beneath the Tibetan plateau and surrounding regions from inter-event surface wave phase velocity inversion. J. Geophys. Res., 102, No. B6, pp. 11,789-11,813. (PDF)
  • A. Curtis and P. C. England, 1997. Local and regional components of western Aegean deformation extracted from 100 years of geodetic displacement measurements. Geophys. J. Int., 130, pp. 623-639.
Selected Abstracts and Posters:
  • Arash JafarGandomi and Andrew Curtis. Effect of over- and under-burden on time-lapse CSEM monitoring capabilities. Society of Exploration Geophysics, Annual Meeting, 2011. (PDF)
  • Arash JafarGandomi and Andrew Curtis. Assessing Monitorability of CO2 saturation in subsurface aquifers. Society of Exploration Geophysics, Annual Meeting, 2010. (PDF)
  • David Halliday, Andrew Curtis and Kees Wapenaar. Generalized PP + PS = SS from seismic interferometry. Society of Exploration Geophysics, Annual Meeting, 2010. (PDF)
  • Andrew Curtis. Source-Receiver seismic interferometry. Society of Exploration Geophysics, Annual Meeting, 2009, pp. 3655-3658. (PDF)
  • David Halliday, Andrew Curtis, Dirk-Jan van Manen, Johan Robertsson. Interferometric surface wave (ground roll) isolation and removal. S.E.G. Summer Workshop, 2007.
  • David Halliday, Andrew Curtis, Johan Robertsson, Dirk-Jan van Manen, 2006. Surface wave prediction and removal using seismic interferometry. SPICE network meeting, Ireland.
  • R. van Vossen, A. Curtis and J. Trampert, 2006. On the origin of source and receiver amplitude perturbations in land seismic data. EAGE 68th Conference and Exhibition, Vienna, Austria.
  • R. van Vossen, J. Trampert, A. Curtis and A. Laake, 2005. On the origin of source and receiver amplitude perturbations in land seismic data. Soc. Expl. Geophys., Annual Meeting, Houston, U.S.A. (PDF)
  • R. van Vossen, J. Trampert, A. Curtis and A. Laake, 2005. Source and receiver amplitude equalization using reciprocity - Application to land seismic data. Soc. Expl. Geophys., Annual Meeting, Houston, U.S.A. (PDF)
  • D.-J. van Manen, J. Robertsson, A. Curtis, R. Ferber and H. Paulssen 2002. Shear-wave statics using receiver functions. EAGE extended abstract.
  • A. Lomax and A. Curtis, 2001, Fast, probabilistic earthquake location in 3D models using oct-tree importance sampling, European Geophysical Society, March 2001, Nice. (HTML version)
  • A. Curtis and Spencer, C., 1999, Survey design strategies for linearized nonlinear inversion, 69th Ann. Internat. Mtg: Soc. of Expl. Geophys., 1775-1778. (PDF)
  • K. Roy-Chowdhurry, R. Devilee and A. Curtis, 1997. Use of neural networks for non-linear, non-unique inversion in geophysics. SEG Extended Abstracts.
  • A. Curtis and R. Snieder, 1995. Shear wave velocity structure beneath Eurasia from surface wave group and phase velocities in an inverse problem reconditioned using the genetic algorithm. EOS Transactions AGU, 1995 Fall Meeting, 67, No. 46, p.386.