Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering




+44 (0)20 7594 6535m.warner




Ms Daphne Salazar +44 (0)20 7594 7401




RSM 1.46CRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests

  • Full-waveform seismic inversion
  • Crustal & exploration seismology
  • Machine learning
  • Medical FWI

Recent Measures of Esteem

  • 2015 Guido Bonarelli Award:  For the paper "Adaptive waveform inversion – FWI without cycle skipping", presented at the 76th EAGE Conference & Exhibition, Amsterdam, June 2014. 
  • 2013 Society of Exploration Geophysicists: Best paper in Geophysics for "Anisotropic 3D full-waveform inversion"
  • 2009 Guido Bonarelli Award:  For the paper  "Efficient and Effective 3D Wavefield Tomography", presented at the 70th EAGE Annual Conference, Rome, June 2008.
  • 2005 European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers: Best EAGE oral paper “Fully data-driven and robust techniques for seismic multiple attenuation”. 
  • 2005 - 2020  £8.8 million of awards to support the Fullwave consortium.


  • Professor of Geophysics, Imperial College  2000 - date
  • Chief Technical Officer, S-Cube  2015 - date 
  • Director of the Fullwave research consortium  2005 - date
  • Head of Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College  2001-2006
  • Reader in Geophysics, Imperial College  1995-2000
  • BP Lecturer in Geophysics, Imperial College  1989-1994
  • BIRPS core group, Bullard Labs, Cambridge  1982-1989
  • NERC Fellow, University of Edinburgh  1979-1982
  • DPhil Magnetospheric Physics, University of York  1979
  • BA Physics & Philosophy, University of York  1974



Yao J, Warner M, Wang Y, 2022, Generating surface-offset common-image gathers with backward wavefield synthesis, Geophysics, Vol:87, ISSN:0016-8033, Pages:S129-S135

Davy R, Frahm L, Bell R, et al., 2021, Generating high‐fidelity reflection images directly from full‐waveform inversion: Hikurangi Subduction Zone case study, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:48, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:1-10

Guasch L, Calderon Agudo O, Tang M-X, et al., 2020, Full-waveform inversion imaging of the human brain, Npj Digital Medicine, Vol:3, ISSN:2398-6352, Pages:1-12


Nangoo T, Shah N, Lin T, et al., 2021, Accurate velocities and reduced cycle times from cloud-enabled full waveform inversion using XWI (AWI and RWI)

Warner M, Nangoo T, Umpleby A, et al., 2021, Adaptive reflection waveform inversion: Faster, tighter, deeper, smarter, Pages:582-586, ISSN:1052-3812

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