Dr James Verdon

James Verdon's Publications

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  1. Verdon J.P., 2012. Microseismic monitoring and geomechanical modelling of CO2 storage in subsurface reservoirs, Springer Thesis Series, 186pp. ISBN 978-3-642-25387-4
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Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

  1. Butcher, A., A.L. Stork, J.P. Verdon, K. Plenkers, F. Booth, M. Boneham, A. Koe, 2020. Evaluating rock mass strength using seismic methods: A case study from the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station: Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, sub judice
  2. Kettlety T., J.P. Verdon, M. Hampson, L. Craddock, 2020. The ML 2.9 August 2019 earthquake in Lancashire, UK, induced by hydraulic fracturing during Preston New Road PNR-2 operations: Seismological Research Letters, in press
  3. Igonin N., J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, D.W. Eaton, 2020. Large-scale fracture systems are permeable pathways for fault activation during hydraulic fracturing: Journal of Geophysical Research, sub judice
  4. Verdon J.P. and J.J. Bommer, 2020. Green, yellow, red, or out of the blue? An assessment of Traffic Light Schemes to mitigate the impact of hydraulic fracturing-induced seismicity: Journal of Seismology, in press
  5. Stork A.L., A.F. Baird, S.A. Horne, G. Naldrett, S. Lapins, J-M. Kendall, J. Wookey, J.P. Verdon, A. Clarke, A. Williams, 2020. Application of machine learning to microseismic event detection in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) data: Geophysics 85, KS149-KS160
    DOI: 10.1190/geo2019-0774.1
  6. Baird A.F., A.L. Stork, S.A. Horne, G. Naldrett, J-M. Kendall, J. Wookey, J.P. Verdon, A. Clarke, 2020. Characteristics of microseismic data recorded by Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) systems in anisotropic media: Geophysics 85, KS139-KS147
    DOI: 10.1190/geo2019-0776.1
  7. Verdon J.P., S.A. Horne, A. Clarke, A.L. Stork, A.F. Baird, J-M. Kendall, 2020. Microseismic monitoring using a fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensor (DAS) array: Geophysics 85, 1MJ-Z13
    DOI: 10.1190/geo2019-0752.1
  8. Kettlety T., J.P. Verdon, M. Werner, J-M. Kendall, 2020. Stress transfer from opening hydraulic fractures controls the distribution of induced seismicity: Journal of Geophysical Research 125, e2019JB018794
    DOI: 10.1029/2019JB018794
  9. Clarke H., J.P. Verdon, T. Kettlety, A.F. Baird, J-M. Kendall, 2019. Real time imaging, forecasting and management of human-induced seismicity at Preston New Road, Lancashire, England: Seismological Research Letters 90, 1902-1915
    DOI: 10.1785/0220190110
  10. Hicks S.P., J.P. Verdon, B. Baptie, R. Luckett, Z.K. Mildon, T. Gernon, 2019. A shallow earthquake swarm close to hydrocarbon activities: discriminating between natural and induced causes for the 2018-19 Surrey, UK earthquake sequence: Seismological Research Letters 90, 2095-2110
    DOI: 10.1785/0220190125
  11. Verdon J.P., B.J. Baptie, J.J. Bommer, 2019. An improved framework for discriminating seismicity induced by industrial activities from natural earthquakes: Seismological Research Letters 90, 1592-1611
    DOI: 10.1785/0220190030
  12. Kettlety T., J.P. Verdon, M.J. Werner, J-M. Kendall, J. Budge, 2019. Investigating the role of elastostatic stress transfer during hydraulic fracturing-induced fault activation: Geophysical Journal International 217, 1200-1216
    DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggz080
  13. Kendall J-M. A. Butcher, A.L. Stork, J.P. Verdon, R. Luckett, B.J. Baptie, 2019. How big is a small earthquake? Challenges in determining microseismic magnitudes: First Break 37, 51-56
  14. Gajek W., M. Malinowski, J.P. Verdon, 2018. Results of the downhole microseismic monitoring at a pilot hydraulic fracturing site in Poland, Part II: shear wave splitting analysis: Interpretation 6, SH49-SH58
    DOI: 10.1190/int-2017-0207.1
  15. Verdon J.P., J. Budge, 2018. Examining the capability of statistical models to mitigate induced seismicity during hydraulic fracturing of shale gas reservoirs: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108, 690-701
    DOI: 10.1785/0120170207
  16. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, A. Butcher, R. Luckett, B.J. Baptie, 2017. Seismicity induced by longwall coal mining at the Thoresby Colliery, Nottinghamshire, U.K.: Geophysical Journal International 212, 942-954
    DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggx465
  17. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, S.P. Hicks, P. Hill, 2017. Using beamforming to maximise the detection capability of seismometer arrays deployed to monitor oilfield activities: Geophysical Prospecting 65, 1582-1596
    DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12498
  18. Butcher A., R. Luckett, J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, B. Baptie, J. Wookey, 2017. Local magnitude discrepancies for near-event receivers; implications for the UK traffic light scheme: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 107, 532-541.
    DOI: 10.1785/0120160225
  19. Verdon J.P., A.L. Stork, 2016. Carbon capture and storage, geomechanics and induced seismic activity: Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 8, 928-935.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jrmge.2016.06.004
  20. Angus D.A., Q.J. Fisher, J.M. Segura, J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, M. Dutko, A.J.L. Crook, 2016. Reservoir stress path and induced seismic anisotropy: results from linking coupled fluid-flow/geomechanical simulation with seismic modelling: Petroleum Science 13, 669-684.
    DOI: 10.1007/s12182-016-0126-1
  21. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, A.C. Horleston, A.L. Stork, 2016. Subsurface fluid injection and induced seismicity in southeast Saskatchewan: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 54, 429-440.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.04.007
  22. Verdon J.P., 2016. Using microseismic data recorded at the Weyburn CCS-EOR site to assess the likelihood of induced seismic activity: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 54, 421-428.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.03.018
  23. Schlaphorst D., J-M. Kendall, J. Collier, J.P. Verdon, J. Blundy, B.J. Baptie, J. Latchman, F. Massin, M-P. Bouin, 2016. Water, oceanic fracture zones and the lubrication of subducting plate boundaries - insights from seismicity: Geophysical Journal International 204, 1405-1420.
    DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggv509
  24. Foord G., J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, 2015. Seismic characterisation of fracture compliance in the field using P-wave and S-wave sources: Geophysical Journal International 203, 1726-1737.
    DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggv395
  25. Whitmarsh L., N. Nash, P. Upham, A. Lloyd, J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, 2015. UK public perceptions of shale gas hydraulic fracturing: The role of audience, message and contextual factors on risk perceptions and policy support: Applied Energy 160, 419-430.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.09.004
  26. Verdon J.P., A.L. Stork, R.C. Bissell, C.E. Bond, M.J. Werner, 2015. Simulation of seismic events induced by CO2 injection at In Salah, Algeria: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 426, 118-129.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.06.029
  27. Angus D.A., M. Dutko, T.G. Kristiansen, Q.J. Fisher, J-M. Kendall, A.F. Baird, J.P. Verdon, O.I. Barkved, J. Yu, S. Zhao, 2015. Integrated hydro-mechanical and seismic modelling of the Valhall reservoir: A case study of predicting subsidence, AVOA and microseismicity: Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 2, 32-44.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.gete.2015.05.002
  28. Stork A.L., J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, 2015. The microseismic response at the In Salah Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) site: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 32, 159-171
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.11.014
  29. Stork A.L., J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, 2014. Assessing the effect of velocity model accuracy on microseismic interpretation at the In Salah carbon capture and storage site: Energy Procedia 63, 4385-4393.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.473
  30. Angus D.A., A. Aljaafari, P. Usher, J.P. Verdon, 2014. Seismic waveforms and velocity model heterogeneity: Towards a full-waveform microseismic location algorithm: Journal of Applied Geophysics 111, 228-233.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2014.10.013
  31. Verdon J.P., 2014. Significance for secure CO2 storage of earthquakes induced by fluid injection: Environmental Research Letters 9, 064022.
    DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/6/064022
  32. Stork A.L., J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, 2014. The robustness of seismic moment and magnitudes estimated using spectral analysis: Geophysical Prospecting 62, 862-878.
    DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12134
  33. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, A.L. Stork, R.A. Chadwick, D.J. White, R.C. Bissell, 2013. A comparison of geomechanical deformation induced by 'megatonne' scale CO2 storage at Sleipner, Weyburn and In Salah: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, E2762-E2771.
    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1302156110
  34. Verdon J.P., A. Wuestefeld, 2013. Measurement of the normal/tangential compliance ratio (ZN/ZT) during hydraulic fracture stimulation using shear wave splitting data: Geophysical Prospecting 61, 461-475.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.2012.01132.x
  35. Baird A.F., J-M. Kendall, J.P. Verdon, A. Wuestefeld, T.E. Noble, Y. Li, M. Dutko, Q.J. Fisher, 2013. Monitoring increases in fracture connectivity during hydraulic stimulations from temporal variations in shear-wave splitting polarization: Geophysical Journal International 195, 1120-1131.
    DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggt274
  36. Angus D.A., J.P. Verdon, 2013. Using microseismicity to estimate formation permeability for geological storage of CO2: ISRN Geophysics, 2013, ID160758.
    DOI: 10.1155/2013/160758
  37. Usher P., D.A. Angus, J.P. Verdon, 2013. Influence of velocity model and source frequency on microseismic waveforms: some implications for microseismic locations: Geophysical Prospecting 61, 334-345.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.2012.01120.x
  38. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, D.J. White, 2012. Monitoring CO2 storage using passive seismic techniques: Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers - Energy 165, 85-96.
    DOI: 10.1680/ener.10.00018
  39. Angus D.A., Q.J. Fisher, J.P. Verdon, 2012. Exploring trends in microcrack properties of sedimentary rocks: An audit of dry and water saturated sandstone core velocity-stress measurements: International Journal of Geosciences 3, 822-833.
    DOI: 10.4236/ijg.2012.324083
  40. Kendall J-M., J.P. Verdon, A. Baird, A. Wuestefeld, J.T. Rutledge, 2012. Microseismic Monitoring of Fracture Networks During Hydraulic Stimulation: Beyond Event Locations: SPE Paper 152594.
    DOI: 10.2118/152594-MS
  41. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, D.J. White, D.A. Angus, 2011. Linking microseismic event observations with geomechanical models to minimise the risks of storing CO2 in geological formations: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 305, 143-152.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.02.048
  42. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, 2011. Detection of multiple fracture sets using observations of shear-wave splitting in microseismic data: Geophysical Prospecting 59, 593-608.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.2010.00943.x
  43. Wuestefeld A., J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, J. Rutledge, H. Clarke, J. Wookey, 2011. Inferring rock fracture evolution during reservoir stimulation from seismic anisotropy: Geophysics 76, WC159-WC168.
    DOI: 10.1190/GEO2011-0057.1
  44. Wuestefeld A., J-M. Kendall, J.P. Verdon, A. van Aas, 2011. In-situ monitoring of rock fracturing using shear-wave splitting analysis: An example from a mining setting: Geophysical Journal International 187, 848-860.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05171.x
  45. Segura J.M., Q.J. Fisher, A.J.L. Crook, M. Dutko, J. Yu, S. Skachkov, D.A. Angus, J.P. Verdon, J-M. Kendall, 2011. Reservoir stress path characterization and its implications for fluid-flow production simulations: Petroleum Geosciences 17, 335-344.
    DOI: 10.1144/1354-079310-034
  46. Angus D.A., J.P. Verdon, Q.J. Fisher, J-M. Kendall, J.M. Segura, T.G. Kristiansen, A.J.L. Crook, S. Skachkov, M. Dutko, 2011. Integrated fluid-flow, geomechanic and seismic modelling for reservoir characterisation: Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Recorder 36, 26-35.
  47. White D.J., M. Meadows, S. Cole, A. Ramirez, Y. Hao, S. Carle, A. Duxbury, C. Samson, J-M. Kendall, J.P. Verdon, B. Dietker, T. Urbancic, J. Johnson and I. Morozov, 2011. Geophysical monitoring of the Weyburn CO2 flood: Results during 10 years of injection: Energy Procedia 4, 3628-3635.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.293
  48. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, S.C. Maxwell, 2010. A comparison of passive seismic monitoring of fracture stimulation due to water versus CO2 injection: Geophysics 75, MA1-MA7.
    DOI: 10.1190/1.3377789
  49. Verdon J.P., D.J. White, J-M. Kendall, D. Angus, Q. Fisher, T. Urbancic, 2010. Passive seismic monitoring of carbon dioxide storage at Weyburn: The Leading Edge 29, 200-206.
    DOI: 10.1190/1.3304825
  50. Wuestefeld A., O. Al Harrasi, J.P. Verdon, J. Wookey, J-M. Kendall, 2010. A strategy for automated analysis of passive microseismic data to image seismic anisotropy and fracture characteristics: Geophysical Prospecting 58, 755-773.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.2010.00891.x
  51. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, A. Wuestefeld, 2009. Imaging fractures and sedimentary fabrics using shear wave splitting measurements made on passive seismic data: Geophysical Journal International 179, 1245-1254.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04347.x
  52. Angus D.A., J.P. Verdon, Q.J. Fisher, J-M. Kendall, 2009. Exploring trends in microcrack properties of sedimentary rocks: An audit of dry core velocity-stress measurements: Geophysics 74, E193-E203.
    DOI: 10.1190/1.3183940
  53. Verdon J.P., D.A. Angus, J-M. Kendall, S.A. Hall, 2008. The effects of microstructure and nonlinear stress on anisotropic seismic velocities: Geophysics 73, D41-D51.
    DOI: 10.1190/1.2931680
  54. Verdon J.P., A.W. Woods, 2007. Gravity-driven reacting flows in a confined porous aquifer: Journal of Fluid Mechanics 588, 29-41.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0022112007007069

Other Publications

  1. Verdon J.P., 2018. Impact of Longwall Coal Mining on Subsurface Stress Conditions – Will the Presence of Historic Coal Mines Exacerbate Induced Seismicity During Hydraulic Fracturing of Underlying Formations? Report commissioned by the Oil and Gas Authority.
  2. Verdon J.P., 2018. Comments on the Scientific Basis, or Lack Thereof, for Hydraulic Fracturing Fault Respect Distances: Report commissioned by the Oil and Gas Authority.
  3. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, 2015. Response to Call For Evidence on the Environmental Risks of Fracking from the Commons Select Environmental Audit Committee
  4. Verdon J.P., J-M. Kendall, A.L. Stork, 2013. Response to Call For Evidence on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) from the Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change
  5. Verdon J.P., 2010. Microseismic monitoring and geomechanical modelling of CO2 storage in subsurface reservoirs, Ph.D thesis, University of Bristol.
  6. Verdon J.P., 2010. Seismic monitoring at CO2SINK: A feasibility study, Shell International Exploration and Production, Report EP 2010-5049.
  7. Verdon J.P., 2006. CO2 sequestration in deep aquifers: Dynamic control of fluid-rock reactions, M.Sci Thesis, Cambridge University.

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