Center for Wave Phenomena

at the Colorado School of Mines

Center for Wave Phenomena

Department of Geophysics

Colorado School of Mines

1500 Illinois Street

Golden, CO 80401


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Join us at the CWP Semi-Annual Meeting from 5PM on Nov. 6, 2012 (at the SEG Meeting)


Welcome to CWP

CWP guest book

  • Our Mission
  • Our People
  • Our Sponsors


academically current research relevant to our consortium sponsors
• excellence in all aspects of research
• talented graduate students and visitors from around the world
• diversity of research directions and cultural backgrounds
• growth, creativity and independence through a nurturing and caring atmosphere



CWP is an international group with a large range of study and research interests, whose backgrounds are primarily in earth sciences, applied mathematics, computer science and physics.

CWP faculty have a broad range of research interests and thrive on solving problems of practical interest to the exploration industry. Over the years, our research directions have expanded to reflect the talents of faculty and students, as well as to meet the needs and interests of our consortium sponsors.

CWP graduate students are recruited for employment by industry, government or academia following the completion of their research at the Colorado School of Mines. Post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists/scholars from organizations that share similar study and research interests are housed at the CWP while they conduct their research at the Colorado School of Mines.

CWP research/administrative staff oversee the day-to-day operation of the Center. They also maintain software such as Seismic Unix, create CWP publications, assist students with their writing skills and manage special events such as the annual Project Review meeting.


CWP is partially supported by the industry-sponsored Consortium Project on Seismic Inverse Methods for Complex Structures ("Consortium"). CWP gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors, shown in alphabetical order below. Visit our Sponsors page for more information.

Aramco Services Co. Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp.
BGP Inc. Landmark Graphics Corp.
BHP Billiton Petroleum (Americas) Inc. Marathon Oil Co.
BP America Production Co. Nexen Petroleum USA Inc.
CGGVeritas Paradigm Geophysical Corp.
Chevron Energy Technology Co. PDVSA Intevep
China Petrochemical Technology Co. Petrobras America Inc.
Cimarex Energy Repsol Services Co.
ConocoPhillips Shell International E&P
Devon Energy Corp. Statoil
Eni S.p.A. Talisman Energy Inc.
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. TGS-Nopec Geophysical Co.
Geokinetics Total E&P Recherche Développement
Hess Corp. Transform Software & Services
Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo
ION Geophysical Corp.  



The Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) is an interdisciplinary research and graduate education program in seismic exploration, monitoring and wave propagation. The main focus areas of CWP research are: seismic modeling, imaging and inversion methods, as well as improving the accuracy and efficiency of seismic processing algorithms, especially for application to regions of structural complexity.

The Center enjoys its close relationships with leading industry organizations, government agencies and academia in both domestic and international settings. CWP research projects are made possible through the close collaboration between the Center and Consortium sponsor companies. Our research reflects the talents of our faculty and graduate students, as well as the interests of our sponsors.

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











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