Mirko van der Baan, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
(780) 248-1414
3-090 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



MSc (1996) University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
PhD (1999) University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
HDR (2007) Institute of Physics of the Globe, University Denis Diderot (Paris 7), Paris, France
Postdoctoral then Senior Research Fellow (2000-2005) School of Earth Sciences, U. of Leeds, UK.
Lecturer, then Reader of Exploration Seismology (2005-2008), School of Earth and Environment, Earth Sciences, U. of Leeds, UK.
Associate Professor, Exploration Seismology (2008-present), Dept. of Physics, U. of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.


My current research interests involve signal processing, microseismicity and seismic wave propagation in anisotropic media. I collaborate intensively with the oil and gas industry on all of these topics. [My website] contains full information on ongoing industry-funded projects such as Blind Identification of Seismic Signals (BLISS) and the Microseismic Industry Consortium.


IPG 512 - Seismic Interpretation

This introduction to seismic interpretation will cover the following topics: Overview of reflection seismology; limits to seismic reflection profiling; pitfalls in seismic interpretation; petroleum systems; seismic-to-well ties and seismic phase; structural and stratigraphic interpretation; carbonate reefs and salt; direct hydrocarbon indicators and impedance inversions; amplitude variations with offset; and use of seismic attributes to assist geologic interpretations. [Faculty of Science]

PHYS 124 - Particles and Waves

Algebra-based course primarily for students in life, environmental, and medical sciences. It guides the student through two distinct types of motion: motion of matter (particles) and wave motion. Vectors, forces, bodies in equilibrium, review of kinematics and basic dynamics; conservation of momentum and energy; circular motion; vibrations; elastic waves in matter; sound; wave optics; black body radiation, photons, de Broglie waves. Examples relevant in environmental, life, and medical sciences will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Physics 20 or equivalent, Mathematics 30-1. Physics 30 is strongly recommended. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of PHYS 124, 144, EN PH 131 or SCI 100. Note: To proceed to PHYS 146 after taking PHYS 124, it is strongly recommended that a minimum grade of B- be achieved in PHYS 124.

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