Mirko van der Baan, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
Email
mirko.vanderbaan@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 248-1414
Address
3-090 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

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.
 


Research

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.

Courses

GEOPH 438 - Seismic Data Processing

A variety of seismic and ground penetrating radar data sets are obtained by the student during field school; these data are corrected, enhanced, and imaged in a computer workstation laboratory, leading to a final geologic interpretation. Results obtained by the student will be presented in the format of a series of professional technical reports. Prerequisites: MATH 209, 214, or equivalent, GEOPH 326, PHYS 234 or equivalent. Pre- or corequisite: GEOPH 426 and 436 (field school).

Winter Term 2022
GEOPH 538 - Seismic Data Processing

A variety of seismic and ground penetrating radar data sets are obtained during field school; these data are corrected, enhanced, and imaged in a computer workstation laboratory, leading to a final geologic interpretation. Results obtained by the student will be presented in the format of a series of professional technical reports. Note: This course cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been given for GEOPH 438.

Winter Term 2022
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]

Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
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.

Fall Term 2021

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