Dr Sjoerd A.L. de Ridder

Dr Sjoerd A.L. de Ridder


My work encompasses a broad area of applied seismology and geophysics. These include the development of methods to explore and characterise natural resources, monitoring geohazards, and understanding subsurface Earth processes from the scale of the critical zone (meters) to the crust (tens of km).

My masters research at Delft was in seismoelectric phenomena and the theory of seismic interferometry. During my doctoral research at Stanford University I focussed on harnessing ambient seismic noise to monitor shallow geohazards installed over producing hydrocarbon reservoirs. As a post-doc and research fellow at the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Edinburgh, I worked on exploiting the spatial information from seismic wave fields as recorded by dense seismic arrays for high resolution near-field surface wave inversion. 

After my PhD studies I spend a cumulative two years in industry consulting first for BP Norway (now Aker-BP) and later for the Geosciences Research Centre of Total UK. I developed production-ready software for a diverse portfolio of innovative technology, ranging from near real-time ambient noise tomography monitoring technology to new techniques for time-lapse seismic monitoring by joint full waveform inversion.

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  • FHEA, Higher Education Academy (2021)
  • PhD, Geophysics, Stanford University (2014)
  • MSc, Applied Earth Sciences, Delft University of Technology (2007)
  • BSc, Earth Sciences, Utrecht University (2004)

Professional memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Geosciences Union
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers

Student education

  • Module Manager (2022 – current) SOEE5110 Independent Research Project 
  • Module Manager / Lecturer (2021 – current) SOEE5176 Advanced Structural Modelling and Data Analytics
  • Module Manager / Lecturer (2020 – current) SOEE5136 Geophysical Reservoir Evaluation
  • Lecturer (2020): SOEE5174 Integrated Sub Surface Analysis

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Applied Geophysics
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