Mathieu J. Duchesne

Research Geoscientist

Seismic reflection, seismic and physical properties of geologic materials

Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

I am studying Canada’s subsurface geology using a geophysical method named seismic reflection. This method uses sound waves to image the internal structure of the Earth’s crust and give information about the geological materials that forms it. My work focuses on the processing and analysis of seismic reflection data to evaluate the potential of energy resources in Canada’s North. I also use seismic reflection to study the geological storage of CO2 and environmental risks associated with the exploitation of non-conventional energy resources.

Importance of my research

My work provides the detailed geologic context which is essential for the understanding of oil and gas systems. Also, my work helps to better understand the distribution of energy resources so the exploration strategies of the industry are more efficient and economic investments maximized.

Research and/or project statements

Research Projects:

  • Seismic data processing
  • Subsurface mapping
  • Detection of hydrocarbons using seismic methods

Education and awards

  • Ph.D. Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Québec city, 2005
  • Master from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 2000

Key publications

  1. Duchesne, M.J., Pugin, A.J-M., Fabien-Ouellet, G., Sauvageau, M., 2016. Detection of near-surface hydrocarbon seeps using P and S-wave reflections. Interpretation, 4 (3).

  2. Duchesne, M.J., Giroux, B., Hu, K., 2014. Hydrocarbon indicators on seismic data: Insights from poroviscoelastic modeling, amplitude, and frequency variation with offsets from the Drake Point gas field, Western Arctic Islands, Canada. Interpretation, 2 (4), SP45-SP59. doi: 10.1190/INT-2014-0018.1

  3. Duchesne, M.J., Claprood, M., Gloaguen, E., 2012. Improving seismic velocity estimation for 2D poststack time migration of regional seismic data using kriging with an external drift. Leading Edge, 31 (10), pp. 1156-1166. DOI: 10.1190/1.4761917

  4. Duchesne, M.J., Halliday, E.J., Barrie, J.V., 2011. Analyzing seismic imagery in the time-amplitude and time-frequency domains to determine fluid nature and migration pathways: A case study from the Queen Charlotte Basin, offshore British Columbia. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 73 (2), pp. 111-120. DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2010.12.002

  5. Duchesne, M.J., Gaillot, P., 2011. Did you smooth your well logs the right way for seismic interpretation? Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 8 (4), pp. 514-523. DOI: 10.1088/1742-2132/8/4/004


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