2021-2022 Geophysics Seminar Series


  Location: Virtual Link in emails

Time: Tuesday afternoons (4-5 pm during school year, 4:30-5:30 for KEGS meeting, 3-4 pm during summer, unless otherwise noted)

Schedule (email liuqy@physics if you have any visitor who would like to give a talk):

UTSC CRESS (Fridays 4pm): Claire Currie (U. Alberta); UTM: Hilary Martens (U. Montana), Oct 27th 3-4 pm; ES seminar: Jackie Li (03/17, U. Michigan); Geophysics seminar: Shujuan Mao (MIT, Nov 23rd), Michael Afanasiev (Mondaic software, 03/22)

Dates reserved for KEGS talks: second Tuesday afternoon of the month Important Dates: 09/09: fall classes start; 10/11: Thanksgiving; 11/8-12: fall reading week; 12/08: last day of fall classes; 01/10: spring classes start; 02/22-25: spring reading week; 04/08: last day of classes.

Other relevant seminar series at UofT: ES seminar (Thu noon), ES Rockfest (Fri 3pm, run by grads), Physics Colloquium (Thu 4pm), Brewer-Wilson Seminar (Fri noon, run by grads), Center for Global Change Science (CGCS) Seminars (Tue 4 pm), Centre for Research in Earth System Science Seminars (UTSC) (Friday 4pm)
For a list of Geoscience events across GTA, check out the GTA Geoscience Events Calendar. Also check out the websites for Toronto Geological Discussion Group (TGDG), Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) and KEGS Foundation.

External webinars of interest: IRIS webinars (Youtube Channel), CIG webinars (Youtube Channel), AGU Webinars, SEG Near surface global lecturers, SEG ON DEMAND (you may need to be an SEG member to view)

Upcoming Talks

Title: TBA

Date/Time: Nov. 16th, 2021, 4-5 pm
Speaker: Prof. Owens Alile
Affiliations: University of Benin, Department of Physics


Title: Monitoring and Imaging Seismic Velocity Changes Across Temporal and Spatial Scales

Date/Time: Nov. 23rd, 2021, 4-5 pm
Speaker: Dr. Shujuan Mao
Affiliations: MIT


2021-22 CSEG Distinguished Lecture: Geological storage of carbon and the role of Geophysics

Date/Time: January 25th 2022, 4-5 pm
Speaker: Don White
Affiliations: Geological Survey of Canada

Location: Virtual or In-person to be determined

Abstract: Global efforts to reduce anthropogenic carbon emissions to the atmosphere are gaining momentum. Geological storage of CO2 is recognized as an important component of most reduction strategies and can contribute to the sequestration of excess CO2 already in the atmosphere. However, to be effective, the quantity of CO2 to be stored must be larger – by several orders of magnitude – than current underground injection of waste fluids or gas storage. This will require new monitoring and storage protocols and geophysical methods will play an important role in all stages of CO2 storage projects including site selection, geological characterization and long-term monitoring. Canada is a world leader in implementing CO2 storage pilot projects and related studies. In 2015, the Aquistore CO2 Storage Project began injection of CO2 into a deep saline formation at ~3300 m depth utilizing the deepest well in Saskatchewan. The total of CO2 injected is approaching 400 kilotonnes. A variety of geophysical methods have been employed to track the subsurface spread of the CO2 plume and verify its containment within the reservoir. Time-lapse seismic imaging has proven effective for tracking the growth of the CO2 plume over the first 5 years. Passive seismic monitoring combined with continuous GPS measurements and InSAR surveillance has documented an absence of induced seismicity or related surface deformation. The site has acted as a natural testbed for developing other geophysical monitoring methods including electromagnetics, borehole gravity, and fibre-optic DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) systems. The knowledge developed at the Aquistore site will benefit future geological storage projects.


Past Talks