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.


Latest News



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 - 2 June 2017

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

Workshop flyer with more information is now available.

More information will appear on www.ntnu.edu/4iwrp


Geophysics Call for Papers

Geomechanics for heterogeneous and time-dependent rocks and its applications to unconventional reservoirs


This special section of Geophysics discusses the inherent heterogeneous and timedependent
nature of unconventional reservoir rocks, and the importance of rock fabric to
geomechanical applications. It reviews measurements of heterogeneity and rock fabric,
obtained at various scales (seismic to laboratory sample scale), and their scaling
relationships. It reviews the rock fabric of layering, lithologic interfaces, mineralized
fractures, and other weak discontinuities present in unconventional reservoirs. It reviews
time-dependent deformation (creep) and time-dependent rock/fluid interactions, for
example, associated to clay and organic content, and their increased surface area. It
integrates these to propose better models and more representative solutions to
geomechanical problems. More information click here.

Submission deadline: 30 November 2016

Rock Physics Influencers

The 7th RPI for September-October 2016: Colin Sayers





I was born in the North West of England, and obtained a B.A. in Physics from Lancaster University in 1973. I then moved to Imperial College, London, where I received a D.I.C. (Diploma of Imperial College) in Mathematical Physics and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1976. The title of my thesis was “Correlation effects in the transition metals and the screening of non-transition element impurities in iron and nickel”. Following a two year post-doctorate fellowship at Imperial College,  Read more

Upcoming events

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September 6, 2016 AAPG/SEG International Conference and Exhibition 2016 http://cancun2016.iceevent.org/ 
September 18, 2016 17th International Workshop on Seismic Anisotropy (IWSA 17) http://www.beg.utexas.edu/iwsa17/ 
September 24, 2016 Carbonate Essentials: Pores to Prospect by Chris Liner http://simposiobolivariano.org/index.php/en/temas-tecnicos-2/short-courses/view/productdetails/virtuemart_product_id/232/virtuemart_category_id/14.html 
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