Univ. Calgary


(L to R): Kris Innanen, Mostafa Naghizadeh, 
 Chris Bird, Hormoz Izadi, Melissa Hernandez


Kristopher A. Innanen
ES212 Dept. of Geoscience
University of Calgary
tel. +1 403 210 6837
em. k.innanen [AT]



GOPH 657 Seismic signal analysis (W2014)
GOPH 673 Theory of seismic inversion (W2013)
GOPH 355 Intro to exploration geophysics (W2013)
GOPH 549 Geophysics field school (F2013)

For prospective students

I am a member of the research program
CREWES, and supervise students both
individually and within that group.  At any
time there may be opportunities for
motivated students to find projects
at the undergraduate, MSc, or PhD level.
Anyone interested can inquire by email
on available positions and technical topics
that are currently being looked at.  


Postdoctoral fellows

None currently

Graduate students

Shahin Jabbari, PhD (2011 - )
Steven Kim, MSc (2011 - )
Raul Cova, PhD (2012 - )
Wenyong Pan, PhD (2012 - )
Penny Pan, MSc (2012 - )
Shahpoor Moradi, PhD (2013 - )
Hormoz Izadi, PhD (2013 - )
Jian Sun, PhD (2013 - )
Jesse Kolb, MSc (2013 - )

Past students & researchers

Hormoz Izadi, MSc 2012
Melissa Hernandez, MSc 2012 (now at Chevron, Calgary)
Chris Bird, MSc 2012 (now at ConocoPhillips, Calgary)
Mostafa Naghizadeh, PDF 2010-11 (now at Shell, Calgary)
Jose Lira, PhD 2009 (now at Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro)

Brief Vitae


2003 PhD Geophysics, UBC [Thesis]
1998 MSc Physics, York
1996 BSc Earth Science/Physics, York


2009- Associate Professor of Geophysics, University of Calgary

2009- Associate Director, CREWES Project
2005-09, Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Houston
2003-05, Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysics, University of British Columbia

Research Overview

Basic research

Anelastic seismology, perturbation methods for waves in time-varying Earth volumes, seismic inversion, seismic multiple prediction.

Applied research
Reflection and VSP seismic data acquisition, processing, and inversion, with application to exploration seismology and time-lapse seismic monitoring.

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

K. A. Innanen and F. Mahmoudian, Characterizing the degree of amplitude-variation-with-offset nonlinearity in physical modelling data, 2013: Geophysical Prospecting, accepted for publication.

K. A. Innanen, M. Naghizadeh and S. T. Kaplan, Perturbation methods for two special cases of the time-lapse seismic inverse problem, 2013: Geophysical Prospecting, accepted for publication.

K. A. Innanen, Coupling in amplitude variation with offset and the Wiggins approximation, 2013: Geophysics 78, 4, N21-N33.

K. A. Innanen, Inversion of the seismic AVF/AVA signatures of highly attenuative targets, 2011: Geophysics 76, 1, R1-R14.

K. A. Innanen and J. E. Lira, Direct non-linear Q compensation of primaries reflecting from a stratified, 2 parameter absorptive medium, 2010: Geophysics 75, 2, V13-V23.  

K. A. Innanen, Born series forward modeling of seismic primary and multiple reflections: an inverse scattering shortcut, 2009: Geophys. J. Int. 177, 3, 1197-1204.  

K. A. Innanen, 
A direct non-linear inversion of primary wave data reflecting from extended, heterogeneous media, 2008: Inverse Problems 24, 035021.  

K. A. Innanen and A. B. Weglein, On the construction of an absorptive-dispersive medium model via direct linear inversion of reflected seismic primaries, 2007: Inverse Problems 23, 2289-2310.  

Recent PDF and Graduate Student Publications

M. J. Hernandez and K. A. Innanen, Identifying internal multiples using 1D prediction: physical modelling and land data examples, submitted.

H. Izadi, K. A. Innanen and M. Lamoureux, Local signal regularity and smoothness as a means for seismic Q estimation, 2013: submitted.

M. Naghizadeh and K. A. Innanen, Two-dimensional fast generalized Fourier interpolation of seismic records, 2012: Geophysical Prospecting, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.2012.01089.x

M. Naghizadeh and K. A. Innanen, 
Seismic data interpolation using a fast non-redundant S-transform, 2011: Geophysics, 76, 1, V1-V10.


L. R. Lines, K. A. Innanen, F. Vasheghani, C. Sondergeld, J. Wong, S. Treitel and T. J. Ulyrch, Experimental confirmation of reflections on Q, 2013: Geophysical Prospecting, accepted for publication. 

K. A. Innanen and P. S. Routh, Direct multi-parameter inversion of geo-radar data through inverse scattering, 2011: Canadian Journal of Geophysical Exploration 35 1, 6-16.

S.T. Kaplan and K. A. Innanen, Adaptive separation of free surface multiples through independent component analysis, 2008: Geophysics 73, 3, V29-V36.
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