William Harbert

Department of Geology and Environmental Science
Ph.D. Geophysics, Stanford University, 1987

Dr. Harbert’s research focus includes the geomechanical analysis of microseismicity in organic shale, advanced seismic processing and interpretation related to subsurface imaging and analysis, and a rock physics-based determination of dynamic acoustic and mechanical properties of geologic units. He has also been involved with environmental geophysical technologies relevant to remote subsurface water quality and topology analysis.  He and his students and collaborators are actively work on the application of Deep Learning methods to seismic emissions and geophysical object detection and classification. The research of this group is the analysis of microseismic, reflection seismic, VSP and fluid and structure using advanced processing and attributes. The group works to accurately image surface geometry using geophysical techniques and advanced geophysical processing. The goal of this research is to better understand subsurface structures, subsurface pore filling phases and topologies and dynamic processes at a variety of scales, from micro computer tomography (CT) scale to log response scale, to vertical seismic profile and cross well tomography scales and surface seismic response scale.

Selected Publications: 
  1. Kirchen, K., Harbert, W., Apt, J., and Morgan, M. G., 2020, A Solar-Centric Approach to Improving Estimates of Exposure Processes for Coronal Mass Ejections, Risk Analysis, 40, 1020-1039, DOI: 10.1111/risa.13461.
  2. Kumar, A., Bear, A., Hu, H., Hammack, R., Harbert, W., Ampomah, W., Balch, R., Garcia, L, Nolte, A., Tsoflias, G., 2019, Seismic monitoring of CO2-EOR operations in the Texas Panhandle and southern Kansas using surface seismometers, SEG 2019 Annual Meeting, DVD Extended Abstracts.
  3. Larsen, Darren, J., Crump, Sarah E., Abbott, Mark B., Harbert, William, Blumm, Aria, Wattrus, Nigel J., Hebberger, John J. , 2019, Paleoseismic evidence for climatic and magmatic controls on the Teton fault, WY, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, p. 13036-13043.
  4. Shi, Z., Sun, L., Haljasmaa, I., Harbert, W., Sanguinito, S., Tkach, M., Goodman, A., Tsotsis, T. T., and Jessen, K., 2019, Impact of Brine/CO2 Exposure on the Transport and Mechanical Properties of the Mt. Simon Sandstone, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 117, p. 295-305.
  5. Zorn, Erich, Kumar, Abhash, Harbert, William and Hammack, Richard, 2019, Geomechanical Analysis of Microseismicity in Organic Shale: A West Virginia Marcellus Shale Example, Interpretation, 7, T231-T239.
Most Cited Publications

1. "Evolution of the Mongol-Okhotsk Ocean as constrained by new palaeomagnetic data from the Mongol-Okhotsk suture zone", Siberia
VA Kravchinsky, JP Cogné, WP Harbert, MI Kuzmin, Geophysical Journal International 148 (1), 34-57 (2002)
2. "Late Neogene motion of the Pacific plate" W Harbert, A Cox, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 94 (B3), 3052-3064 (1989)
3. "Late Neogene relative motions of the Pacific and North America plates", W Harbert, Tectonics 10 (1), 1-15 (1991)
4. "Plate motions recorded in tectonostratigraphic terranes of the Franciscan Complex and evolution of the Mendocino triple junction, northwestern California", RJ McLaughlin, WV Sliter, NO Frederiksen, WP Harbert, DS McCulloch, US Geological Survey Bulletin 1997 (1994)
5. "An evaluation of fracture growth and gas/fluid migration as horizontal Marcellus Shale gas wells are hydraulically fractured in Greene County, Pennsylvania",R Hammack, W Harbert, S Sharma, B Stewart, R Capo, A Wall, National Energy Technology Laboratory: NETL-TRS-3-2014, 76 (2014)

Recent Publications

1. Wang, Z., Dilmore, R. M., & Harbert, W. (2019). Machine Learning for Leakage Detection at CO 2 Sequestration Sites: Inferring CO 2 Saturation from Synthetic Surface Seismic and Downhole Monitoring Data. AGUFM2019, S31E-0579.
2. Larsen, D. J., Crump, S. E., Abbott, M. B., Harbert, W., Blumm, A., Wattrus, N. J., & Hebberger, J. J. (2019). Paleoseismic evidence for climatic and magmatic controls on the Teton fault, WY. Geophysical Research Letters46(22), 13036-13043.
3. Shi, Z., Sun, L., Haljasmaa, I., Harbert, W., Sanguinito, S., Tkach, M., ... & Jessen, K. (2019). Impact of Brine/CO2 exposure on the transport and mechanical properties of the Mt Simon sandstone. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering177, 295-305.
4. Kumar, A., Zorn, E., Hammack, R., & Harbert, W. (2019). Long-period, long-duration seismic events and their probable role in reservoir stimulation and stage productivity. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering22(02), 441-457.
5. Zorn, E., Kumar, A., Harbert, W., & Hammack, R. (2019). Geomechanical analysis of microseismicity in an organic shale: A West Virginia Marcellus Shale example. Interpretation7(1), T231-T239.

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