José M. Carcione

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José M. Carcione
Latest company Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), formerly Osservatorio Geofisico Sperimentale, in Trieste, Italy
MSc Physics (Buenos Aires)
PhD Geophysics (Tel Aviv)

José M. Carcione was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received the degree “Licenciado in Ciencias Físicas” from Buenos Aires University in 1978, the degree “Dottore in Fisica” from Milan University in 1984, and the Ph.D in Geophysics from Tel-Aviv University in 1987. From 1978 to 1980 he worked at the “Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica” at Buenos Aires. From 1981 to 1987 he was employed as a research geophysicist at “Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales”, the national oil company of Argentina. Presently, he is associated with Hohai University, Nanjing, China (School of Earth Sciences and Engineering) and the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), Trieste, Italy. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt scholarship for a post-doc at Hamburg University, where he stayed from 1987 to 1989. In 2007, he received the Anstey award at the EAGE in London and the 2017 EAGE Conrad Schlumberger award in Paris. Carcione published more than 360 journal articles on acoustic and electromagnetic numerical modeling, with applications to oil exploration and environmental geophysics. He is the author of the book Wave fields in Real Media – Theory and numerical simulation of wave propagation in anisotropic, anelastic, porous and electromagnetic media (Pergamon Press, 2001; Elsevier Science, 2007, 2014) and co-author of Arqueo-geofísica: Una metodología interdisciplinaria para explorar el pasado, (Fundación de Historia Natural, 2006) and Seismic exploration of hydrocarbons in heterogeneous reservoirs: New theories, methods and applications (Elsevier Science, 2015). Carcione has been a member of the commission (GEV04) for evaluation of Italian research in the field of Earth Sciences (ANVUR) in the periods 2004-2010 and 2011-2014.

Carcione has coordinated many projects funded by the EU and private companies and has organized two geophysical antarctic campaigns with the research vessels OGS/Explora (Italy) and Puerto-Deseado (Argentina), when he was department chair of geophysics in 1996–2000.

Awards and recognitions

  • 1988 Alexander von Humboldt fellow, Hamburg University, West Germany.
  • 1991 Best paper award, in GEOPHYSICS (year 1990). Honourable mention (ref. 2).
  • 1997 Best Poster award, 59th Ann. Internat. Mtg. Europ. Assoc. Expl. Geophys., Expanded Abstracts, P069.
  • 1998 Cagniard award, 60th Ann. Internat. Mtg. Europ. Assoc. Expl. Geophys., Expanded Abstracts, P013.
  • 2003 Best paper award, in GEOPHYSICS (year 2002). Honourable mention (ref. 3).
  • 2007 EAGE Nigel Anstey award, 69th Ann. Internat. Mtg. Europ. Assoc. Expl. Geophys.
  • 2009 SEG 2009 Honorary Lecturer tour for South and Central America.
  • 2016-on EAGE Lecturer
  • 2017 EAGE Conrad Schlumberger award, 79th Ann. Internat. Mtg. Europ. Assoc. Expl. Geophys.
  • 2019 Best paper award in GEOPHYSICS. “Wave simulation in thermoelastic media”.

Main achievements

  • Acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation theory and numerical simulation
  • Applied to rock physics, geophysical exploration, environmental geophysics, seismology, and non-destructive testing of materials.
  • H-index (google scholar): 68 (number of citations: 17619)
  • Research Gate (RG)-score: 45.32 (score higher than 97.5 % of ResearchGate members).
  • Rank in the area of Earth Sciences in Italy:

2009 SEG Honorary Lecturer, Latin America

Physics and simulation of waves for exploration and environmental geosciences

Use of wave modeling and inversion for the interpretation of the characteristics of rocks and geologic formations requires the understanding of the relationship between the seismic attributes and the rock properties. In particular, in the exploration of oil and gas reservoirs, it is important to predict the porosity, the presence of fluids (type and saturation), the preferential directions of fluid flow (anisotropy), the presence of abnormal pore pressures (overpressure), etc. These microstructural properties and the in-situ rock conditions can be obtained, in principle, from the seismic attributes, using realistic constitutive equations.

This lecture briefly outlines the physics and simulation of wave propagation in anisotropic, anelastic, and porous media, including the analogy between acoustic waves (in the general sense) and electromagnetic waves. Most of the numerical techniques have been recently developed; for instance, the solution of the poro-viscoelastic wave equation for reservoir seismics, and the domain-decomposition methods for wave propagation at the ocean bottom.

The applications include evaluation of methane hydrate content, upscaling techniques, detection of overpressure, propagation in permafrost, exploration of the Earth's deep crust, time-lapse sesimics for monitoring of CO2 sequestration, borehole stability, the mesoscopic loss mechanism in rocks, geo-radar applications, and low-frequency electromagnetic prospecting in the Earth. The emphasis is on geophysical applications for seismic exploration, but researchers in the fields of earthquake seismology, rock physics, and material science — including many branches of acoustics of fluids and solids (acoustics of materials, nondestructive testing, etc.) — may also find the presentation useful.

Additional Resources

A recording of the lecture is available in English[1] and in Spanish.[2]



Wave Fields in Real Media (2022, 4th edition):

Attenuation and Dispersion of Elastic Waves in Porous Media (2022):

Seismic Exploration of Hydrocarbons (2014):

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