Invitation to contribute to the 8th Minisymposium on Poroelasticity in Bochum

posted Jan 7, 2019, 11:16 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jan 7, 2019, 11:20 AM ]

The 8th Minisymposium on Poroelasticity will take place on Tuesday, 19. February 2019 in Bochum. 

Everybody is invited to submit a contribution!

EGU General Assembly, 7–12 April 2019 call for contribution (deadline 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET)

posted Dec 19, 2018, 11:01 PM by IARP Admin   [ updated Dec 19, 2018, 11:06 PM ]

EGU General Assembly, 7–12 April 2019 calls for contribution (deadline 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET)

Fracture, mechanics and flow in tight reservoirs
Convener: Richard Bakker
Co-Conveners: Auke Barnhoorn, Jan Borgomano, Ismay Vénice Akker

The presence of fractures, whether natural or induced, has become increasingly important in recent years in the exploitation of Earth’s natural resources. Especially in rocks that have a low matrix permeability, the presence of fractures is critical for reaching flow rates sufficient for economic hydrocarbon production and heat extraction for geothermal reservoirs. Better prediction of subsurface fracture arrangements and their mechanical and flow response have become an increasingly relevant field of research.
We propose here a multi-disciplinary session on the arrangement and mechanical evolution of natural and induced fracture networks and their response to fluid flow in low-permeability rocks on a multitude of scales (from pore-scale to basin-scale). We encourage submissions from experimental, numerical and field studies on fracture network formation and control on fluid flow of naturally and hydraulically fractured systems. Also studies that address the role of fractures on both shale gas and tight geothermal reservoir application cases are welcomed. We especially encourage early-career scientists to present their work in this session.

EGU General Assembly, 7–12 April 2019 call for contribution (deadline 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET)

posted Dec 16, 2018, 8:30 AM by Sirikarn Narongsirikul   [ updated Dec 16, 2018, 8:36 AM by IARP Admin ]

Advances in petrophysics and rock-physics: integrating models, laboratory experiments and field studies

Convener: Damien Jougnot
Co-Conveners: Ludovic Bodet, Lucas Pimienta

Geophysical methods have a great potential for characterizing subsurface 
properties and processes to inform geological, reservoir, hydrological, 
and biogeochemical studies. In these contexts, the classically used 
geophysical tools only provide indirect information about subsurface 
heterogeneities, reservoir rocks characteristics, and associated 
processes (e.g. flow, transport, biogeochemical reactions). 
Petrophysical relationships hence have to be developed to provide links 
between physical properties (e.g. electrical conductivity, seismic 
velocity or attenuation) and the intrinsic parameters of interest (e.g. 
fluid content, hydraulic properties). In addition, geophysical methods 
are increasingly deployed as time-lapse, or even continuous, and 
distributed monitoring tools on more and more complex environments. Here 
again, there is a great need for accurate and efficient physical 
relationships such that geophysical data can be correctly interpreted 
(e.g. included in fully coupled inversions). Establishing such models 
requires multidisciplinary approaches since involved theoretical 
frameworks differ. Each physical property has its intrinsic dependence 
to pore-scale interfacial, geometrical, and biogeochemical properties or 
to external condition (such as pressure or temperature). Each associated 
geophysical method has its specific investigation depth and spatial 
resolution which adds a significant level of complexity in combining and 
scaling theoretical developments with laboratory studies/validations 
and/or with field experiments. This session consequently invites 
contributions from various communities to share their models, their 
experiments, or their field tests and data in order to discuss about 
multidisciplinary ways to improve our knowledge on reservoir and near 
surface environment.

Call for papers for 5IWRP

posted Aug 8, 2018, 7:59 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 9:28 AM ]


The Call for Papers is open from 1 August, 2018 through 15 October, 2018. Prospective participants are requested to submit an abstract of no more than 2 pages using the provided template. 

The abstract should be sent to: Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent out in December.

Check the website for more details.

Tiziana Vanorio (Stanford) a recipient of the Alfred Wegener Award 2018 by the EAGE

posted Aug 8, 2018, 7:58 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 7:58 AM ]

Tiziana Vanorio (Stanford) 
a recipient of the Alfred Wegener Award 2018 
by the EAGE 

The Award is presented to a member of EAGE who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the scientific and technical advancement in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering. 

Congratulations to Tiziana for her achievement!

Watch on YouTube

EAGE E-lecture by Rune M Holt (NTNU)

posted Jul 17, 2018, 7:57 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jul 17, 2018, 7:58 AM ]

EAGE E-lecture 
by Rune M Holt (NTNU) 
under a very interesting topic which relates laboratory testing and rock physics for 4D applications 

"Importance of Overburden Stress Path in Assessment of Stress Dependence for 4D Applications"

Rune M Holt

Invitation to submit abstract at 2018 AGU: Coupled-processes and multi-scale understanding ...

posted Jun 28, 2018, 3:45 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 3:46 AM ]

Dear colleagues,


We invite you to consider submitting an abstract to our co-organised session at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, which will be held on 10-14 December 2018 in Washington.


Session ID: 48320

Session Title: MR005. Coupled-processes and multi-scale understanding of geological storage reservoirs: Experimental and modelling approaches in rock physics (see session description* below)

Section/Focus Group: Mineral and Rock Physics

View Session Details:


Georgios Papageorgiou (University of Edinburgh)

Jordi Delgado (University of La Coruña)

Ismael Falcon-Suarez (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)


The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, 1 August 23:59 EDT.


We look forward to receiving your abstract and seeing you in Washington!



*Session description:

Carbon Capture (Utilization) and Storage CC(U)S technology encompasses injecting CO2 into deep geological formations, at specific sites selected for long-term (>10,000 yr), large-scale storage. CO2-injection may compromise the integrity of geological reservoirs due to the coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechano-Chemical phenomena (THMCs) derived from CO2-fluid-rock interactions. Likewise, the scale problem, which is central for the characterization and monitoring of reservoirs during and after injection (e.g., seismic surveys), is typically linked to observations of reservoir properties derived from core and log data.

This session aims to highlight the importance of the THMCs processes, their scale dependency and the necessity of a unified understanding based on experimental and mathematical approaches. We welcome researchers to share their work on coupled processes including experimentation and/or modeling, and the application/development of direct/indirect measurement and tracking techniques. Particularly attractive will be those works addressing the incidence of THMC during CC(U)S.

Call for Papers for “Physical Properties of Rocks, Friction and Fracturing: the Walsh Volume”

posted May 30, 2018, 11:41 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 3:19 AM ]

To honor the memory of Dr. Joseph B. Walsh’s life and work, Yves Benerbe (MIT) and Wenlu Zhu (University of Maryland) are organizing a special collection in the Journal of Geophysical Research--Solid Earth: Physical Properties of Rocks, Friction and Fracturing: The Walsh Volume.
Joe Walsh’s work elucidated many questions regarding the mechanical and transport properties of rocks. The special collection will include a few of the seminal papers by Joe as well as new contributions reporting recent advances in the general field of rock physics, emphasizing laboratory measurements and modeling of rock properties, friction and fracturing. Experimental, observational and theoretical papers will be considered.
The Call for papers is posted here:
The collection has been activated in GEMS. Authors submitting to this collection should choose it during submission.
The submission period is May 15, 2018-October 15, 2019. 

Get ready for the 5IWRP in Hong Kong

posted May 1, 2018, 3:08 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 3:20 AM ]

Get ready for the 5IWRP
The 5th International Workshop on Rock Physics

Date: 23-26 April 2019
Venue: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR

Optional field trip on Saturday 27 April 2019
Details and call for paper will be posted at the end of June

Geophysics Call for Papers on Hydromechanical phenomena at the pore scale and their upscaling

posted Feb 26, 2018, 5:48 AM by IARP Admin   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 9:14 AM ]

Geophysics Call for Papers

Hydromechanical phenomena at the pore scale and their upscaling

This special section of Geophysics is dedicated to studies of hydromechanical phenomena at the pore scale which complement or extend the classical understanding of rock poroelasticity. In the process of upscaling coupled hydromechanical phenomena of fluid-saturated porous media, classical theories of poroelasticity neglect certain pore-scale effects, which may strongly affect geophysical acoustic measurements in the seismic-to-sonic frequency range. Hence, we propose to revisit the pore scale to explore poroelasticity in its full range of possibilities as well as to consider new upscaling approaches. We are aiming at a representative sampling of the latest advances in this area inspired and motivated by recent developments in a number of techniques. For example, advances in laboratory-based characterization techniques now enable well constrained investigations of frequency-dependent effects in fluid-saturated rocks. Advances in numerical techniques, combined with the continuous increase of computation power, allow for higher resolution and more accurate estimates of hydraulic and mechanical properties based on 3D image data sets of the rock microstructure or on stochastic distributions of microstructural features.

Ultimately, this special section aims at presenting current state-of-the-art developments in the research field and to stimulate interest not only among rock physicists but also among reservoir geophysicists. We invite researchers to submit original research articles, as well as review articles, covering theoretical, numerical, and experimental aspects.

Read more  or download here.

Topics of interest include:

  • Laboratory measurements of hydromechanical properties of rocks 
  • Theories of poroelasticity
  • Effective medium theories 
  • Pore-scale numerical simulations 
  • Computations of effective mechanical or hydraulic properties 
  • Numerical upscaling approaches
  • Attenuation and velocity dispersion caused by pore-scale phenomena 
  • Studies based on images (e.g., SEM, X-Ray micro-CT) of the rock microstructure 
  • Interpretation of borehole pressure transients considering the hydromechanical coupling 

Manuscripts must be uploaded using the Geophysics online submission system ( and will undergo the standard SEG Geophysics review process, which includes a double-blind peer review by three reviewers. When uploading manuscripts, please select Hydromechanical phenomena at the pore scale and their upscaling as the manuscript type.

The submissions will be processed according to the following timeline:

Manuscript submission deadline:

1 July 2018

Peer review complete:

1 February 2019

All files submitted for production:

15 April 2019

Publication of issue:

May-June 2019

Special section editors: Beatriz QuintalHolger SteebErik H. SaengerEva CaspariMaxim Lebedev

Photo credit: Kathleen Sell, 2018, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

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