PHASE (Physics and Application of Seismic Emissions)


PHASE is an independent, non-profit, pure research project at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Since 2004, an international team of scientists and students has performed research towards a better understanding of the physics of fluid-induced microseismicity and the physical fundamentals for microseismic monitoring. With numerical and theoretical studies and with the help of industry datasets, PHASE researchers have developed the seismicity-based reservoir-characterization approach and methods to assess seismic hazards.

The main research directions of the PHASE project are:

  • Triggering mechanisms of induced seismicity
  • Modeling and imaging of induced seismicity
  • Interpretation and visualization of microseismic data combined with 3-D reflection seismic images
  • Seismicity-based methods for estimating hydraulic properties of rocks
  • Combining microseismic data and reservoir simulations
  • Estimating seismic criticality of rocks
  • Physics and monitoring of hydraulic fracturing
  • Physics and monitoring of poroelastic stress relaxation
  • Stress and pore pressure related numerical and theoretical rock physics
  • Effective properties of fractured reservoirs