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
  • My latest interest is in the area of distributed FIBER OPTIC sensing in the subsurface. This is a growing field that has large potential to understand unconventional completions, simulated and drained rock volume.
  • Also, using DATA ANALYTICS to invert problems with complex physics.


  • 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.