Xiaoyang Wu

Dr Xiaoyang Wu

BGS Edinburgh
  • 2012 to present: Research Geophysicist at British Geological Survey
  • 2010 to 2011: China University of Petroleum (Beijing), Research Geophysicist at CNPC Geophysical Key Lab
  • 2007 to 2010: China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), PhD Earth Detection and Information Technology
  • 2001 to 2005: China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), BSc Geophysics

Research interests

  • Seismic anisotropy
  • Frequency-dependent AVO inversion
  • Energy storage
  • Geothermal


  • BGS IGRD project: Identifying superhot geothermal zones – Studying the elastic and electrical properties of heat-bearing rocks in geothermal reservoir using rock physic modelling techniques.
  • EPSRC project: Towards Scalable, Affordable and Viable Compressed Air Energy Storage (SAVE-CAES) – Estimating the compressed air energy storage capacities in bedded Halite using GIS and thermodynamic modelling.
  • NERC project: Managing the Environmental Sustainability of the Offshore Energy Transition (MOET) – Estimating the compressed air energy storage capacities for Zechstein Halite in central and southern North Sea.


  • Anderson, I, Ma, J, Wu, X, and Stow, D. 2022. Determining reservoir intervals in the Bowland Shale using petrophysics and rock physics models. Geophysical Journal International, 228(1): 39-65.
  • Anderson, I, Ma, J, Wu, X, Stow, D and Griffiths, D. 2021. Bowland Shale well placement strategy – Part 1: Determining landing intervals using geomechanical properties. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 133, 105277.
  • Jin, Z, Chapman, M, Wu, X, and Papageorgiou, G. 2017. Estimating gas saturation in a thin layer by using frequency-dependent amplitude versus offset modelling, Geophys. Prospect, 65(3), 747–765.
  • Wu, X. 2017. Anisotropic Rock Physics Model Based Statistical Inversion. Pet Petro Chem Eng J, 1(3),000113.
  • Wu, X, Uden, R, and Chapman, M. 2016, Shale anisotropic elastic modelling and seismic reflections, Journal of Seismic exploration, 25(6), 527-542.
  • Wu, X, Chapman, M, and Angerer, E. 2015. Interpretation of phase reversal from attenuating targets. Geophysical Journal International, 200(1),690-697.
  • Yang, L, Wu, X, and Chapman, M. 2014. Impacts of kerogen content and fracture properties on the anisotropic seismic reflectivity of shales with orthorhombic symmetry, Interpretation, 3(3):ST1-ST7.
  • Wu, X, Chapman, M, Li, X, and Boston, P. 2014. Quantitative gas saturation estimation by frequency-dependent AVO analysis, Geophysical Prospecting, 62(6),1224-1237.
  • Wu, X, Chapman, M, and Li, X. 2014. Estimating seismic dispersion from prestack data using frequency-dependent AVO analysis. Journal of Seismic Exploration, 23(3), 219-239.
  • Wu, X, Chapman, M, Li, X. 2012. Frequency-dependent AVO attribute: theory and example. First Break, 30, 63-68.

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