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Behnam Jafarpour

Associate Professor

Research Topics

Stochastic Subsurface Modeling
Sparse/Compact Representations
Inverse Modeling
Uncertainty Quantification
Resource Development Optimization
Applied Signal Processing and System Analysis
Research Overview


I am a computational geoscientist and subsurface engineer, with a strong interest in understanding, characterizing, and predicting subsurface flow and transport processes to optimize the development of underground energy, hydrological, and environmental resources. The research in my lab, Subsurface Enegry and Environmental Systems (SEES) Lab, integrates advanced computational and mathematical tools with the physics of multiphase flow in porous media to solve energy and environmental problems in geosciences. Examples of energy and environmental applications that we study include conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs, enhanced geothermal systems,  groundwater aquifers, and geologic CO2 storage systems.
 
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Selected Publications


Mohammad-khaninezhad M.R., Jafarpour B. (2014): "Sparse randomized maximum likelihood (SpRML) for model calibration and uncertainty quantification",  Advances in Water Resources, Vol. 69, PP 23-37.

Mohammad-khaninezhad M.R., Jafarpour B. (2014): "Prior model identification during subsurface flow data integration with adaptive sparse representations" Computational Geosciences, Vol. 18 (1), PP 3-16.

Khodabakhshi M., Jafarpour B. (2014, invited article): "An adaptive sampling strategy for conditioning training-image-based facies simulation to flow data" Mathematical Geosciences, Vol 46 (5), PP 573-595.

Lerlertpakdee P., Jafarpour B., Gildin E. (2014): "Efficient production optimization with flow network models", Society of Petroleum Engineering Journal, SPE-170241-PA, in print.

Zhang Z., Jafarpour B., Li L. (2014): "Inference of permeability heterogeneity from joint inversion of transient flow and temperature data" Water Resources Research, Vol. 50 (6), PP 4710-4725.

Liu E., Jafarpour B. (2013): "Efficient low-rank geologic dictionary learning for subsurface flow model calibration", Water Resources Research, Vol. 49 (10), pp. 70887101.

Mohammad-khaninezhad M.R., Jafarpour B. (2013): "Hybrid parameterization for robust history matching", Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, SPE-146934-PA, Vol. 19 (03), DOI::10.2118/146934PA,.

Li L., Jafarpour B., Mohammad-khaninezhad M.R. (2013): "A simultaneous perturbation stochastic approximation algorithm for coupled well placement and control optimization under geologic uncertainty", Computational Geosciences, Vol. 17 (1), PP 167-188, DOI 10.1007/s10596-012-9323-1.

Khodabakhshi M., Jafarpour B. (2013): "A Bayesian mixture modeling approach for flow-conditioned multiple-point statistical facies simulation from uncertain training images", Water Resources Research, Vol. 49 (1), PP 328-342, DOI:10.1029/2011WR010787.

Tarrahi M., Jafarpour B.: "Inference of permeability distribution from injection-induced discrete microseismic events", Water Resources Research, Vol. 48 (10), W10506, doi:10.1029/ 2012WR011920.

Bhark E., Rey A., Datta-Gupta A., Jafarpour B. (2012): "Subsurface flow model calibration with a spectral-domain parameterization adaptive to grid connectivity and prior model information", Mathematical Geosciences, Geosciences, 44:PP 673710, doi: 10.1007/s11004-012-9414-5.

Anchliya A., Economidies C.E., Jafarpour B. (2012): "Aquifer management to accelerate CO2 dissolution and trapping", Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, Vol. 17(3), PP 805-816..

Bhark E., Rey A., Datta-Gupta A., Jafarpour B. (2012): "A multiscale workflow for history matching in structured and unstructured grid geometries", Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, Vol. 17(3), PP 828-848.

Li L., Jafarpour B. (2012): "A variable-control well placement optimization for improved development of subsurface energy reservoirs", Computational Geosciences, Vol. 16(4), PP 871-889, doi: 10.1007/s10596-012-9292-4.

Shamshiri H., Jafarpour B. (2012): "Controlled CO2 injection into heterogeneous geologic formations for improved solubility and residual trapping", Water Resources Research, Vol. 48, W02530, doi: 10.1029 /2011WR010455, 48.

Mohammad-khaninezhad M.R., Jafarpour B., Li L. (2012): "Sparse geologic dictionaries for subsurface flow model calibration: Part I. Inversion formulation", Advances in Water Resources,Vol. 39, PP 106-121.

Mohammad-khaninezhad M.R., Jafarpour B., Li L. (2012): "Sparse geologic dictionaries for subsurface flow model calibration: Part II. Robustness to uncertainty", Advances in Water Resources, Vol. 39, PP 122-136.

Bhark E., Jafarpour B., Datta-Gupta A. (2011): "A generalized grid-connectivity-based parameterization for subsurface flow data assimilation", Water Resources Research, 47, W06517, 32 PP.

Bhark E., Jafarpour B., Datta-Gupta A. (2011): "An adaptively scaled frequency-domain parameterization for history matching", Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 75(34),289-303.

Jafarpour B., Tarrahi M. (2011): "Assessing the performance of the ensemble Kalman filter for subsurface flow data integration under variogram uncertainty", Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1029/2010WR009090, Vol. 47, W05537, 26 PP.

Jafarpour B., Khodabakhshi M. (2011): "A probability conditioning method (PCM) for integration of nonlinear flow data into facies simulation from a training image", Mathematical Geosciences, 43(2), 133-164.

Jafarpour B. (2010): "Wavelet reconstruction of geologic facies from nonlinear dynamic flow measurements", IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, 49(5), 1520-1535.

Li L., Jafarpour B. (2010): "Effective solution of nonlinear subsurface flow inverse problems in sparse bases", Inverse Problems, 26(10),105-016 (24pp).

Li L., Jafarpour B. (2010): "A sparse Bayesian framework for conditioning uncertain geologic models to nonlinear flow measurements", Advances in Water Resources, 33(9),1024-1042, DOI: 10.1016 /j.advwatres.2010.06.005.

Jafarpour B., Goyal V.K., McLaughlin D.B., Freeman W.T (2010): "Compressed history matching: Exploiting transform-domain sparsity for regularization of nonlinear dynamic data integration problems", Mathematical Geosciences, 42(1),1-27.

Jafarpour B., Goyal V.K., McLaughlin D.B., Freeman W.T (2009): "Transform-domain Sparsity Regularization for Inverse Problems in Geosciences", Geophysics, 74(5), R69-R83.

Jafarpour B., McLaughlin D.B. (2009): "Estimating channelized reservoir permeabilities with the ensemble Kalman filter: importance of ensemble design", Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 14 (2), 374-388-SPE-106453-PA.

Jafarpour B., McLaughlin D.B. (2009): "Reservoir characterization with discrete cosine transform: Part 1-Parameterization", Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 14(1), 182-188-SPE-106453-PA.

Jafarpour B., McLaughlin D.B. (2009): "Reservoir characterization with discrete cosine transform: Part 2-History Matching", Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 14(1), 188-201-SPE-106453-PA.

Jafarpour B., McLaughlin D.B. (2008): "History-matching with an ensemble Kalman filter and discrete cosine parameterization", Computational Geosciences, 12(2), 227-244.

Han B., Jafarpour B., Gallagher V.N., Imhoff P.T., Chiu P.C., Fluman D. (2006): "Measuring seasonal variations of moisture in a landfill with the partitioning gas tracer tests", Waste Management, 26(4), 344-355.

Jafarpour B., Imhoff P.T., Chiu P.C. (2005): "Quantification and mathematical modeling of 2,4-dinitrotoluene reduction with high-purity and cast Iron", Contaminant Hydrology, 76(1-2), 87-107.

Imhoff P.T., Pirestani K., Jafarpour B., Spivey K. M. (2003): "Tracer interaction eff
ects during partitioning tracer tests for NAPL detection", Environmental Science and Technology, 37(7), 1441-1447.