We are the Sustainability Geophysics Project (SGP) working on efficient and optimized geophysical solutions around the energy cycle of discovery, utilization, reuse and decarbonization.

The research program is affiliated with both the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NUS .


Professor Arthur Cheng received the Honoray Member Award at the 2021 Annual Meeting of SEG, "awarded to those who have made distinguished contributions to exploration geophysics or a related field or to the advancement of the profession of exploration geophysics through service to the Society".

Nan You and Bei Li have won the 1st and 2nd places of "Flow and Rocks" Awards on Lightning Talks, respectively, during the KAUST Virtual Workshop 2021.

Bei Li's paper on Q-interface imaging based on data-domain attenuation estimation has won the award for Best Student Paper presented at the 2018 SEG Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

Nan You's paper on Shale anisotropy estimation from well logs based on Hudson-Cheng’s model and deep neural network has won the award for Best Student Oral Presentation at the 5th International Workshop on Rock Physics in Hong Kong, China 2019. For a happy picture of Nan, click here.

research landscape

The research group is broadly interested in geophysical applications in the circular economy of a sustainable society, which include but not limited to:
  • Efficient subsurface energy recovery aided by machine learning
  • Urban monitoring for above and underground environment and activities
  • Carbon Sequestration in geological formations
  • Geophysical applications in waste monitoring and charaterization
All research activities feature
  • Solid physical basis combined with artificial intelligence
  • Integrated multiphysical data collection, assimilation, and visualization
  • Acute societal awareness towards energy efficiency and sustainability