Min Chen

Research Scientist


Room Number: 318
(713) 348-2515
min.chen@rice.edu
website

Education

2008, Ph.D. in Geophysics – California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
2001, B.S. in Geophysics – University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).

Awards & Honors

08/01/2014 – 07/31/2017, NSF award #1345096 (Project PI, Min Chen, co-PI, Fenglin Niu), Adjoint tomography of the crustal and upper-mantle seismic structure beneath Continental China, $250,000 awarded.

2016, NSF XSEDE Research allocation renewal of TG-EAR140030 (Project PI, Min Chen): Exploring the nature of deep-focus earthquakes through high-resolution full waveform methods, requested duration 10/01/2016 – 09/30/2017, 1,893,664 SUs awarded on Stampede supercomputer and 500 GB on Ranch (data storage). The value of these awarded resources is $65,532.

2015, XSEDE Research allocation TG-EAR140030 (Project PI, Min Chen): High-resolution ambient noise adjoint tomography of the crust beneath the eastern margin of the Tibetan plateau, 4,360,643 SUs awarded on Stampede supercomputer and 500 GB on Ranch (data storage), the value of the awarded resources is $150,891, Texas Advanced Computing Center, NSF XSEDE.

2015, XSEDE Research allocation renewal of TG-EAR130011 (Project PI, Fenglin Niu, co-PI, Min Chen): Adjoint Tomography of the 3D azimuthal anisotropy and attenuation of the Crust and Mantle beneath East Asia, 1,099,137 SUs awarded on Stampede supercomputer, 4,000 SUs on Maverick (visualization system), and 500 GB on Ranch (data storage), Texas Advanced Computing Center.

2014, XSEDE Research allocation advance of TG-EAR140011 (Project PI, Min Chen), High-resolution ambient noise adjoint tomography of the crust beneath the eastern margin of the Tibetan plateau, 100,000 SUs awarded on Stampede supercomputer, Texas Advanced Computing Center.

2013 – 2014, XSEDE Startup allocation TG-EAR130022 (Project PI, Min Chen): High-resolution Adjoint tomography beneath the Eastern Venezuela using Empirical Greens Function Data from Ambient Noise, 100,000 SUs awarded on Stampede supercomputer, Texas Advanced Computing Center.

2007, Outstanding Student Paper Award at the Fall AGU Meeting.

2007, Scholarship of the 4th SPICE Research and Training Workshop in Cargèse, France.

2001 – 2002, Beno Gutenberg Fellowship, Caltech.

2000 – 2001, the First Place Prize of USTC Outstanding Student Scholarship, China.

1999 – 2000, Baosteel Scholarship, Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation, China.

1998 – 1999, Kwang-Hua Scholarship, Kwang-Hua Education Foundation, China.

Keywords

Geophysics, full waveform tomography, ambient noise, earthquakes, tectonics, lithospheric structure, mantle melt

Selected Publications

Chen, M., Niu, F., Tromp, J., Lenardic, A., Lee, C.-T. A., Cao, W., and Ribeiro, J. (2016), Lithospheric foundering and underthrusting imaged beneath Tibet, submitted.

Xing, G., Niu, F., Chen, M., Yang, Y. (2016), Effects of shallow density structure on the inversion for crustal shear wavespeeds in surface wave tomography, Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw064.

Chen, M., Niu, F., Liu, Q., and Tromp, J. (2015), Mantle-driven uplift of Hangai Dome: New seismic constraints from adjoint tomography, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL065018.

Chen, M., Niu, F., Liu, Q., Tromp, J. and Zheng, X. (2015), Multiparameter adjoint tomography of the crust and upper mantle beneath East Asia: 1. Model construction and comparisons, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2014JB011638.

Chen, M., Huang, H., Yao, H., van der Hilst, R. D. and Niu, F. (2014), Low wave speed zones in the crust beneath the SE Tibet revealed by ambient noise adjoint tomography, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 41, No.2, 334-340, doi:10.1002/2013GL058476.

Bozdağ, E., Charles J., Chen, M., Göddeke, D., Hjörleifsdóttir, V., Kientz, S., Komatitsch, D., Labarta, J., Le Goff, N., Le Loher, P., Liu, Q., Luo, Y., Maggi, A., Martin, R., McRitchie, D., Meschede, M., Messme, P., Michéa, D., Nissen-Meyer, T., Peter, D., Rietmann, M., Sales de Andrade, E., Savage, B., Schuberth, B., Sieminski, A., Strand, L., Tape, C., Tromp, J., Vilotte, J., Xie, Z. and Zhu, H. (2013), SPECFEM3D_GLOBE User Manual (Version 5.1): SPECFEM3D_GLOBE simulates global and regional (continental-scale) seismic wave propagation, Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG website, www.geodynamics.org).

Ampuero, J., Basini, P., Blitz, C., Bozdağ, E., Casarotti, E., Charles J., Chen, M., Galvez, P., Göddeke, D., Hjörleifsdóttir, V., Kientz, S., Komatitsch, D., Labarta, J., Le Goff, N., Le Loher, P., Liu, Q., Luo, Y., Maggi, A., Magnoni, F., Martin, R., Matzen, R., McRitchie, D., Meschede, M., Messme, P., Michéa, Somala, S. N., Nissen-Meyer, T., Peter, D., Rietmann, M., Sales de Andrade, E., Savage, B., Schuberth, B., Sieminski, A., Strand, L., Tape, C., Tromp, J., Vilotte, J., Xie, Z. and Zhu, H. (2013), SPECFEM3D_Cartesian User Manual (Version 2.1): (formerly SPECFEM3D BASIN) simulates seismic wave propagation in sedimentary basins or any other regional geological model, Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG website, www.geodynamics.org).

Liu, L., Tan, Y., Sun, D., Chen, M. and Helmberger, D. (2010), Trans-Pacific whole mantle structure, J. of Geophy. Res., doi:10.1029/2010JB007907.

Maggi, A., Tape, C., Chen, M., Chao, D. and Tromp, J. (2009), An automated time window selection algorithm for seismic tomography, Geophys. J. Int., 178, 257-281. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04099.x.

Chen, M. (2008), Numerical simulations of seismic wave propagation in anisotropic and heterogeneous Earth models : the Japan subduction zone. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.

Chen, M., Tromp, J., Helmberger, D. and Kanamori, H. (2007), Waveform modeling of the slab beneath Japan, J. Geophys. Res., 112, B02305, doi:10.1029/2006JB004394.

Chen, M. and Tromp, J. (2007), Theoretical and numerical investigations of global and regional seismic wave propagation in weakly anisotropic Earth Models, Geophys. J. Int., 168, 1130 - 1152, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.03218.x.

Yao, H., Xu, G., Xiao, X., and Chen, M. (2003), Geometrical Features of Subduction Boundaries, Seismology and Geology, Vol. 25, No.2, 220-226