Leonardo Azevedo

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SEG J. Clarence Karcher Award 2022

Leonardo Azevedo is an assistant professor with habilitation in the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Georesources at the Institute Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal. He is a rarity in the applied-geophysics community in that he has demonstrated a talent for integrating geostatistics into a wide range of geophysics applications. His primary focus has been geostatistical application to seismic amplitude variation with offset inversion and uncertainty in nonlinear geophysical problems. Azevedo has authored more than 42 peer-reviewed papers and accumulated an h-index of 14 at this early stage in his career. Not only has be contributed to energy exploration applications, but he is also engaged in hydrogeophysics research and the application of near-surface geophysics for landfill characterization and risk assessment. Azevedo has consistently been engaged with state-of-the-art research in seismic inversion to tackle uncertainty quantification challenges. He has contributed to the Society with service as an associate editor of Geophysics, and he is the faculty advisor for his university’s SEG student chapter. Azevedo has already made significant contributions to our science and has been an advocate for multidisciplinary integration and collaboration.

Biography Citation for the J. Clarence Karcher Award

by Dario Grana

Leonardo Azevedo is one of the most talented and respected young geoscientists in our scientific community and his work is highly recognized and valued by all colleagues. He has a deep knowledge of a broad spectrum of topics in geoscience, including exploration geophysics, rock physics, seismology, geostatistics, and inverse theory. In recent years, Leonardo has published several peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters on different geoscience topics and coauthored a book with Amilcar Soares on geostatistical reservoir modeling. His research interests show an extraordinary scientific curiosity and demonstrate his ability to apply his knowledge to complex modeling problems in geoscience. His publications on geostatistics and subsurface modeling had a large impact on the scientific community, as proved by the outstanding number of collaborations.

Leonardo is an excellent colleague to work with and his collaborations have led to prominent results in several fields of geophysics. Among his results, I want to cite the integration of inverse theory and geostatistics in spatial sampling and optimization for geophysical inverse problems. Leonardo applied these methods to several geoscience problems, such as seismic inversion, hydrocarbon reservoir characterization, CO2 sequestration, and geothermal problems. Some excellent examples of application of advanced modeling techniques to highly relevant scientific problems include the geostatistical characterization of hydrocarbon reservoirs using model order reduction and geostatistical methods, the petrophysical inversion method based on geostatistical simulations conditioned on well log and seismic data, and his book on geostatistical inverse methods.

In addition to his outstanding publication record, Leonardo is an excellent teacher and communicator. His seminars and presentations are well received by colleagues, and his lectures are very popular among students and peers. I had the chance to interact with some of Leonardo’s graduate students, and they all have a great appreciation for the excellent mentoring they have received from him. Leonardo is also very active in our scientific community: he interacts with colleagues during scientific conferences, participates in debates and discussions, reviews several papers every year, and collaborates with international colleagues. In the last few years, he has invited several scholars to visit his research group. These collaborations are important not only for his research activity, but also for the students to have the opportunity to interact with respected members of the scientific community.

To conclude, I believe that Leonardo is one of the most prominent young researchers in exploration geophysics. I confidently predict that he will be one of the research leaders in the field of seismic reservoir characterization and will become one of the most known and respected members of the SEG community.