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W-13 Geophysical Methods and Applications for Sustainable Cities

Through the support of the Research Committee and SEG Near Surface Geophysics Technical Section

Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  |  Denver, Colorado

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Course Content

Cities around the world, and especially in densely populated regions like Asia, have the potential to be the most efficient form of human society. Maintaining sustainability in megacities is crucial to seeking a global sustainable solution for the limited space, water, and energy resources. Geophysics has the potential to provide essential knowledge for urban planning, urban activity monitoring, and urban circular economy. To fully release such potential, innovations are needed to integrate new and conventional sensors, as well as nondedicated sensors and open social information. Furthermore, both physics-based and data-driven methods are essential to delineating different sources for urban activity monitoring and urban space characterization. Bridging the gap between geophysics, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, digital informatics, and social economics provides the framework to guide project owners and local authorities to develop specific strategies for the sustainable development and management of urban environments.

Session 1
  • Space-Time Monitoring of Groundwater in the Coastal Los Angeles Basins via Seismic Interferometry: Shujuan Mao, MIT
  • Advancing the Use of Airborne Electromagnetic Method for Groundwater Science & Management: Soegi Kang, Stanford
  • On the environmental impact of intensive urban shallow geothermal energy utilization: Dr. Haibing Shao, UFZ
  • Looking ahead of Tunnel Boring Machine tunnel face using non-disruptive seismic methods: Enhedelihai (Alex) Nilot, NUS
  • Discussions
Session 2
  • Geophysical testing on reclaimed lands in Singapore: Yanlong Niu, NUS
  • Some preliminary studies of the application of six-component seismometers for near surface imaging: Xinding Fang, SUSTech
  • Seismic ambient noise prevents cities around Pacific Ocean from earthquake disaster: Koichi Hayashi, Geometrics
  • Structures as Sensors: Indirectly Monitoring Humans through Ambient Structural Vibrations: Haeyoung Noh, Stanford
  • Discussions


IMAGE '21 Workshop Pass
Non-Member Fee: $229
Member Fee: $129
Non-Member Students: $59
Member Students: $39

All Postconvention Workshops will be virtual. The Workshop Pass includes access to any or all postconvention workshops.


W-13 Geophysical Methods and Applications for Sustainable Cities
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States


Arthur Cheng Arthur Cheng 2021-2021 Organizer, National University of Singapore
Elita Li Elita Li 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, NUS
Iga Pawelec Iga Pawelec 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, Colorado School of Mines
Erika Gasperikova Erika Gasperikova 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, LBL
Biondo Biondi Biondo Biondi 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, Stanford University, USA
Tieyuan Zhu Tieyuan Zhu 2021-2021 Co-Organizer, Department of Geosciences and Institute of Natural Gas Research, Penn State Univ, USA