Many examples from the past induced earthquakes have demonstrated that human activities could generate significant earthquakes (Mw > 5). Interaction among multiple fracture planes inside subsurface reservoirs may lead to the generation of such earthquake. Motivated by both desire to reduce risk in energy harvesting sector and personal curiosity on how natural earthquake works, my research interest focuses on the development and use of physics-based numerical simulations to characterize as well as understand the mechanisms of earthquake nucleation, propagation, and arrest (earthquake processes). The physics-based approach is then validated by observation data.
I am currently investigating the characteristics and behavior of earthquake processes in a complex fracture network within subsurface reservoirs. I employ laboratory-based experiment friction law to govern the mechanical processes during earthquake generation and validate it with observation data. My specific research area includes earthquake rupture dynamics, crustal earthquake characterization, high-performance computing, big data, and automation.
KAUST Fellowship (2018 - current)
Geophysical Paris Exploration Fellowship (2017-2018)