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

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.

Jingjing Zong's paper on A walkaway VSP survey for fractured-basement imaging using RSS-RTM has been ranked in the Top 25 of 764 papers presented at SEG Online Experience 2020 Annual Meeting.

Jingjing Zong's paper on Fractured-basement imaging using random-space shift RTM: a VSP survey in northeast China has won the Best Oral Presentation on the 2020 2nd SEG borehole geophysics workshop.

We have launched our YouTube channel and Bilibili channel to share our most recent updates in research activities.

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.

Prof. Arthur Cheng has been chosen by MIT as the first class of ERL Fellows and invited to promote collaboration between SGP and ERL. [View more]

Dr. Elita Li has received the J. Clarence Karcher Award 2018, in recognition of her contributions to intergrated subsurface model building as a young geophysicist, by Society of Exploration Geophysicists. [View more]

Dr. Elita Li's paper on Anisotropic model building from logs in vertical wells was ranked the Top Presentations presented at the SEG Annual Meeting in Houston, 2017. [View more]

Joseph Ma's poster on Fracture characterization by fluid-flow measurements has won the Honorable Mention Award for the best student poster at the 4th International Workshop on Rock Physics in Trondheim, Norway 2017. [View more]

Dr. Elita Li's paper on Integrated VTI model building has won the Honorable Mention Award for the Best Paper in Geophysics in 2016.

Research interests

The research group is broadly interested in geophysical applications in the energy industry, which includes 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