Mathieu J. Duchesne

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Research Geoscientist

Seismic methods; seismic processing; seismic modeling; quantitative seismic interpretation; physical properties of geological media

Current research and/or projects

I am studying Canada’s subsurface geology using seismic methods, a field of geophysics. 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.

Importance of my research

My work is applied to different geological problematics such as the environmental impacts of permafrost degradation, geohazards, resource evalution and the determination of the offshore extent of the Canadian landmass.

Research and/or project statements

Research Projects:

  • Seismic data processing, modeling and analysis
  • Subsurface mapping
  • Estimation of physical properties of geological media using seismic methods

Professional activities / interests

  • Associate member, American Geophysical Union (
  • Active member, Society of Exploration Geophysicists  (

Education and awards

  • Ph.D.  (Earth Sciences) Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), 2005
  • Master in Applied Sciences (Geology) from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 2000

Key publications


  1. Duchesne, M.J., Fabien-Ouellet, G., Bustamante, J., 2023. Detecting subsea permafrost layers on marine seismic data: an appraisal from forward modelling. Near Surface Geophysics, 21 (1), pp.3-20 DOI: 10.1002/nsg.12231
  2. Duchesne, M.J., Chen, Z., Lavoie, D., Pinet, N., Brake, V. I., 2020. A processing strategy for high-resolution seismic imaging of thin unconventional reservoirs: application to the Macasty Formation, Anticosti Island, Canada. CSEG Recorder, 45 (1), pp.1-24
  3. Duchesne, M.J., Bellefleur, G., 2019. 3-D prestack data preconditioning for seismic amplitude inversion and the estimation of geomechanical properties: A case study from the structurally complex Moncton sub-basin, Eastern Canada. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 161, pp. 124-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2018.12.016
  4. 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).
  5. 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
  6. 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. 1156-116 DOI: 10.1190/1.4761917
  7. 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
  8. 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