Ali Tura

Professor, Geophysics
Director, Reservoir Characterization Project

Ali Tura


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Labs and Research Centers


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Engineering
  • MS, University of California, Berkeley, Engineering
  • BS, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Geophysics

Research Areas

  • Reservoir characterization
  • Seismic data processing
  • Seismic data analysis
  • Time-lapse seismic
  • Rock physics
  • Fiber optic technology
  • Data analytics
  • Distributed fiber optic sensing in the subsurface. 
  • Using data analytics to invert problems with complex physics.


  • Cheng, L., M. Prasad, R. J. Michelena, A. Tura, S. Akther, R. N. Srinivasa, and P. V. Angelov, 2022, Using rock physics models to validate rock composition from multimineral log analysis: Geophysics, 87, no. 2, MR49-MR62, doi: 10.1190/GEO2020-0918.1.
  • Ning, Y., H. Kazemi, A. Tura, and T. Davis, 2022, Tracer analysis in flow channel characterization and modeling of gas and CO2 injection EOR in unconventional reservoirs: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, article, 212, no. 1, 110349,
  • Bray, M., J. Daves, D. Brugioni, A. Kamruzzaman, T. Bratton, S. Harryandi, A. Grechishnikova, A. Tura, T.  Davis, and J. Simmons, 2021, Multidisciplinary analysis of hydraulic stimulation and production effects within the Niobrara and Codell reservoirs, Wattenberg Field, Colorado – Part 1: Baseline reservoir conditions: Interpretation, 9, no. 4, SG1-SG12.
  • Bray, M., J. Utley, Y. Ning, A. Dang, J. Daves, I. White, A. Alfataierge, E. Eker, T. Davis, A. Tura, and J. Simmons, 2021, Multidisciplinary analysis of hydraulic stimulation and production effects within the Niobrara and Codell reservoirs, Wattenberg Field, Colorado – Part 2: Analysis of hydraulic fracturing and production: Interpretation. 9, no. 4, SG13- SG29.
  • Damasceno, A., A. Tura, G. Vasquez, W. Ramos, P. Dariva, 2021, Integrating rock physics, PP-PS joint inversion and time-shifts to improve quantitative interpretation of time-lapse fluid and pressure changes: First Break, 39, no. 9, Sep 2021, 53 – 60.
  • Titov, A., G. Binder, Y. Liu, G. Jin, J. Simmons, A. Tura, D. Monk, G. Byerley, and M. Yates, 2021, Modeling and interpretation of scattered waves in interstage distributed acoustic sensing vertical seismic profiling survey: Geophysics, 86(2), pp.D93-D102.
  • Binder, G., and A. Tura, 2020, Convolutional neural networks for automated microseismic detection in downhole distributed acoustic sensing data and comparison to a surface geophone array: Geophysical Prospecting, 68, no. 9, 2770-2782,
  • Binder, G., A. Titov, Y. Liu, J. Simmons, A. Tura, G. Byerley, and D. Monk, 2020, Modeling the seismic response of individual hydraulic fracturing stages observed in a time-lapse DAS VSP survey: Geophysics, 85, no. 4,T225,
  • Titov, A., G. Binder, Y. Liu, G. Jin, J. Simmons, A. Tura, and M. Yates, 2020, Modeling and interpretation of scattered waves in inter-stage DAS VSP survey: Geophysics, 86, no. 2, 1-49,
  • Titov, A., G. Jin, Y. Fan, A. Tura, K. Kutun, and J. Miskimins, 2020, Distributed fiber-optic sensing based production logging investigation: Flowloop Experiments, in First EAGE Workshop on Fibre Optic Sensing (Vol. 2020, No. 1, pp. 1-5), European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.
  • Todd, C.P., J. Simmons, and A. Tura, 2020, Target-oriented model-based seismic footprint analysis and mitigation: Interpretation, 8, no. 4, SR1-SR15,
  • Tura, A., et al., 2015, A refraction method to detect reservoir velocity and anisotropy. TLE, May
  • Tura, A., et al., 2013, Seismic detection of fractures from injection illustrated through a field example. TLE, December
  • Hesham Ebaid, Ali Tura et al., 2008, First dual-vessel high-repeat GoM 4D survey shows development options at Holstein Field. TLE, December
  • Tura, A., et al., 2006, Feasibility of monitoring compaction and compartmentalization using 4D time shifts and seafloor subsidence. TLE, September
  •  Tura, A., et al., 2006, Using time-lapse seismic for field development at Nembe Creek, Nigeria. TLE, September
  •  Tura, A., et al., 2005, Monitoring primary depletion reservoirs using amplitudes and time-shifts from high-repeat seismic surveys. TLE, December.
  • Meadows, M., Cole, S., Adams, D., Wright, R., Tura, A., Lumley, D., 2005, Rock physics analysis for time-lapse seismic at Schiehallion Field, North Sea. Geophysical Prospecting.
  • Hanitzsch, C., Jin, S. and Tura, A., 2001, A method to reduce the cost: efficient amplitude-preserved prestack depth migration. In: Tygel, M. (Ed.), Seismic True Amplitudes. Journal of Seismic Exploration, 10: 7-17.
  • Grubb, H., Tura, A., Hanitzsch, C., 2001, Estimating and interpreting velocity uncertainty in migrated images and AVO attributes. Geophysics, V. 66, p. 1208-1216.
  • Tura, A., Hanitzsch, C., and Calandra, H., 1998, 3-D AVO migration/inversion of field data. The Leading Edge, November, Vol. 17, No. 11, p. 1578-1583.
  • Tura, M. A. C., 1994, On the linearized Sh-wave inverse problem of a transversely isotropic elastic medium. Geophys. J. Int., 199, 729-739.
  • Tura, M. A. C., Greaves, R. J., and Beydoun, W. B., 1994, Crosswell seismic reflection/diffraction tomography: A reservoir characterisation application. Geophysics, V. 59, p. 351-361.
  • Tura, M. A. C., and Johnson, L. R., 1993, A stable method for linearized inversion of elastic parameters. Geophys. J. Int., V. 115, p. 1-13.
  • Tura, M. A. C., Johnson, L. R., Majer, E. L., and Peterson, J. E., 1992, Application of diffraction tomography to fracture detection. Geophysics, V. 57, p. 245-257.