Rock Physics provides the connections between elastic properties measured at the surface of the earth, within the borehole environment or in the laboratory with the intrinsic properties of rocks, such as mineralogy, porosity, pore shapes, pore fluids, pore pressures, permeability, viscosity, stresses and overall architecture such as laminations and fractures. Rock Physics provides the understanding and theoretical tools required to optimize all imaging and characterization solutions based on elastic data.

The present site is a collection of resources for rock physicists and those who use the results of rock physics in their work.

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Following the three successful workshops held in Golden, USA (2011), Southampton, UK (2013), and Perth, Australia (2015), t
he 4th International Workshop on Rock Physics (4IWRP) will be held in Trondheim, Norway 29 May - 1 June 2017

The workshop will be organized by Professor Rune Holt of SINTEF and NTNU. 

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Technical Program is available

Geophysicists are skilled at deducing static earth structure from observations of seismic, electromagnetic, and gravitational fields. A fuller appreciation of earth dynamics cannot, however, be realized without a rigorous understanding of the physical properties of earth materials under in situ conditions. Rock Physics investigations provide this key link between rock physical properties and geophysical, deformation and transport signatures. Over the last half-century, Rock Physicists have made considerable progress addressing problems in exploration geophysics, volcanology, crustal seismology, earthquake faulting and petrophysics. Somewhat regrettably, however, much of this work is carried out independently within these increasingly specialized communities; and our experiences are not as widely shared as they should be. The aim of this workshop is to gather Rock Physicists from these various disciplines to share information of state-of the art laboratory measurements, theory, modelling and interpretation that will assist our common goals of evaluating the effects of fractures, rock composition, microstructures, and fluids on geophysical observations. This workshop will centre on new and novel practices in experimental design, modelling, and borehole logging and be illustrated by results from Scientific Drilling programs, hydrocarbon and geothermal exploration, and volcanology, among others. The format of the workshop is intended to foster lively and open debate. Invited speakers will kick-off each session to be followed by set periods for discussion and modified speed-geeking format poster presentations. The Technical Committee is seeking a broad range of participants from industry, academia, and research institutions to share their Rock Physics work within the general session themes of:

Tectonic stress and deformation
Crustal fluids and fluid pressures
Rock microstructure and transport properties
New experimental developments
Numerical modelling advances at the micro- and macro-scale
Rock physics theoretical models
Monitoring rock-fluid alteration

Rock Physics Influencers

Serge A. Shapiro is a full Professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and since 2004, Director of the PHASE (PHysics and Application of Seismic Emission) university consortium project.  His research interests include seismogenic processes, wave phenomena, seismic exploration and rock physics. Read more

Upcoming events

StartEvent NameWebsite
June 26, 2016 50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 
June 28, 2016 Professional Level Rock Physics and Seismic Amplitude Interpretation (AVO and Seismic Inversion) 
July 11, 2016 SEG-AGU Workshop: Upper Crust Physics of Rocks 
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