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Deputy Head of Department

Professor Zhang jointed SUSTech in 2017. He received his B.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2006) in geophysics from the Peking University. He was a postdoc in Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at University of Rhode Island (URI) from 2007 to 2010, then worked as a senior scientist in GeoTomo LLC from 2010 to 2013, and as a professor in School of Earth and Space Sciences at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) from 2013 to 2017.He is a member of SEG, EAGE, AGU, and the SEG China Advisory Committee. Professor Zhang’s research interests include seismic wave forward modeling and inversion algorithm, strong ground motion, earth interior structure, and microseismic monitoring, etc. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 technical papers in the academic journals, such as Geophysics and Geophysical Journal International, and more than 20 conference papers in SEG/EAGE conferences.


Education Background

1999 - 2006, Peking University , Ph.D. in Geophysics

1995 - 1999, Peking University , B.S. in Geophysics


Work Experience

2017.04 - Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology

2013.03 – 2017.03 Professor, School of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China

2010.10 – 2013.02 Senior Scientist, GeoTomo USA

2007.03 – 2010.09 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

2006.07 – 2007.02 Research Assistant, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University


Academic Service Experience

2017-present, Member of Commission for Oil&Gas Geophysics of Chinese Geophysical Society

2016-present, Member of Commission for Earthquake Seismology of Seismological Society of China

2016-present, Member of SEG China Advisory Committee

2016-present, Secretary of the 7th Discipline Assessment Groups (Geophysics Subject) of the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council



1. seismic wave numerical simulation in complex Earth media and high performance computing

2. seismic imaging methods for oil and gas exploration and Earth’s interior structure

3. microseismic monitoring for hydraulic fracturing and earthquake monitoring technology

4. Strong ground motion simulation and earthquake hazard analysis



(with the asterisk * indicating the corresponding author)

1. Haike Feng, Wei Zhang*, Jie Zhang and Xiaofei Chen, 2017, Importance of double-pole CFS-PML for broadband seismic wave simulation and optimal parameters selection, Geophysical Journal International, accepted.
2. Song Han, Wei Zhang* and Jie Zhang, 2017, Calculating qP-wave travel times in 2D TTI media by high-order fast sweeping method with a numerical quartic equation solver, Geophysical Journal International, accepted.
3. Mengyao Sun, Jie Zhang* and Wei Zhang, 2017, Alternating first-arrival traveltime tomography and waveform inversion for near-surface imaging, Geophysics, accepted.
4. Zhang, Z., W. Zhang*, X. Chen, P. Li, and C. Fu, 2017, Rupture dynamics and ground motion from potential earthquakes around Taiyuan, China, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., accepted.
5. Zhou, Hang, Wei Zhang*, and Jie Zhang, 2016, Downhole microseismic monitoring for low signal-to-noise ratio events,Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 13(5), 805-816.
6. Tian, Xiao, Wei Zhang*, and Jie Zhang, 2016, Cross Double-Difference Inversion for Microseismic Event Location Using Data from a Single Monitoring Well, Geophysics, 81(5), KS183-KS194.
7. Zhou, Li, Wei Zhang*, Yang Shen, Xiaofei Chen, and Jie Zhang, 2016, Location and Moment Tensor Inversion of Small Earthquakes Using 3D Green Functions in Models with Rugged Topography: Application to the Longmen Shan Fault Zone, Earthquake Science, 29(3), 139-151.
8. Wang, Nian*, Yang Shen, Ashton Flinders, and Wei Zhang. 2016. Accurate Source Location from Waves Scattered by Surface Topography: Accurate Source Location. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 121(6), 4538–4552.
9. Zhang, Zhenguo, Hanqing Huang, Wei Zhang, and Xiaofei Chen. 2016. On the Free Surface Problem in Dynamic Rupture Simulation of a Nonplanar Fault, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 106(3), 1162-1175, doi:10.1785/0120150246.
10. Sun, Yao-Chong, Wei Zhang, and Xiaofei Chen*. 2016, SeismicWave Modeling in the Presence of Surface Topography in 2D General Anisotropic Media by a Curvilinear Grid Finite Difference Method, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 106(3), 1036-1054, DOI: 10.1785/0120150285.
11. Zhang, L., W. Zhang*, and J. Zhang, 2015, Anisotropic effects on the near surface seismic imaging,Near Surface Geophysics, 13(5): 485-493.
12. Li, H., W. Zhang*, Z. Zhang, and X. Chen, 2015, Elastic wave finite-difference simulation using discontinuous curvilinear grid with non-uniform time step: two-dimensional case, Geophys. J. Int.,202(1), 102–118.
13. Chaljub, E.*, Maufroy, E., Moczo, P., Kristek, J., Hollender, F., Bard, P.-Y., Priolo, E., Klin, P., Martin, F. de, Zhang, Z., Zhang, W., Chen, X., 2015 , 3-D numerical simulations of earthquake ground motion in sedimentary basins: testing accuracy through stringent models, Geophys. J. Int., 201(1), 90–111.
14. Zhang, Z., W. Zhang, and X. Chen*, 2014. Three Dimensional Curved Grid Finite-Difference Modelling for Non-Planar Rupture Dynamics, Geophys. J. Int., 199(2): 860-879.
15. Hu, F., J. Xu, Z. Zhang, W. Zhang, and X. Chen*, 2014, Construction of Equivalent Single Planar Fault Model for Strike-Slip Stepovers, Tectonophysics, 632: 244-249.
16. Zhang, Z., W. Zhang*, and X. Chen, 2014, Complex frequency-shifted multiaxial perfectly matched layer for elastic wave modelling on curvilinear grids, Geophys. J. Int., 198 (1): 140–53.
17. Zhang, Z., W. Zhang*, H. Li, and X. Chen, 2013. Stable discontinuous grid implementation for collocated-grid finite-difference seismic wave modeling, Geophys. J. Int., 192(3): 1179-1188.
18. Zhu, G., Z. Zhang, J. Wen, W. Zhang, and Xiaofei Chen*, 2013, Preliminary Results of Strong Ground Motion Simulation for the Lushan Earthquake of 20 April 2013, China, Earthquake Science, 26(3-4): 191–97.
19. Zhang, W., Z. Zhang, and X. Chen*, 2012. Three-dimensional Elastic Wave Numerical Modeling in the Presence of Surface Topography by a Collocated-Grid Finite-Difference Method on Curvilinear Grid, Geophys. J. Int., 190(1): 358–378, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05472.x.
20. Zhang, W., Y. Shen*, & L. Zhao, 2012. Three-dimensional Anisotropic Seismic Wave Modelling in Spherical Coordinates by a Collocated-grid Finite-difference Method. Geophys. J. Int., 188(3): 1359–1381, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05331.x.
21. Zhang, W*. & Y. Shen, 2010. Unsplit Complex Frequency-Shifted PML Implementation Using Auxiliary Differential Equation for Seismic Wave Modeling, Geophysics, 75, T141-T154.
22. ZHANG Wei, SHEN Yang and CHEN XiaoFei*, 2008. Numerical simulation of strong ground motion for the Ms8.0 Wenchuan earthquake of 12 May 2008. Science In China (D), 51(12), 1673-1682, doi:10.1007/s11430-008-0130-4.
23. Zhang, W. and X.F. Chen*, 2006. Traction image method for irregular free surface boundaries infinite difference seismic wave simulation. Geophys. J. Int., 167, 337-353.
24. 顾庙元, 姚佳琪, 张伟*, 陶知非, and 张汝杰. 2016. 地学长江计划安徽试验中低频可控震源地震波信号提取方法评估, 中国地震, 32(2), 356-378.
25. 胡景, 钱佳威, 郭浩, 王康东, 翟秋实, 张海江*, 姚华建, 张伟, and 安美建. 2016. 基于台站对波形互相关的长江安徽段气枪主动源实验庐江台阵到时提取和速度成像, 中国地震, 32(2), 343-355.
26. 朱耿尚, 张振国, 张伟, 陈晓非*. 2016. 2013年6月2日台湾南投地震强地面运动模拟. 地球物理学报,59(8): 2871-2877, doi: 10.6038/cjg20160813.
27. 徐剑侠, 张振国, 戴文杰, 张伟,文健,陈晓非, 2015, 2015 年4 月25 日尼泊尔地震波场传播及烈度初步模拟分析, 地球物理学报, 58(5): 1812-1817.
28. 张振国, 张伟, 孙耀充, 朱耿尚, 文健, 陈晓非*, 2014, 2014年2月12日新疆于田地震强地面运动初步模拟及烈度预测, 地球物理学报, 57(2): 685–89.
29. 张振国, 孙耀充, 徐建宽, 张伟, 陈晓非*, 2014, 2014年8月3日云南鲁甸地震强地面运动初步模拟及烈度预测. 地球物理学报,57(9): 3038-3041.
30. 张冬丽,徐锡伟,张献兵,柴炽章,张伟, 2013, 断层破裂面倾角变化对断陷盆地强地面运动的影响,地球物理学报, 56(7), 2322-2331.
31. 朱德瀚, 张伟, 祝贺君, 罗扬, 陈晓非, 2010. 利用曲线网格有限差分方法研究三维倾斜断层的破裂动力学, 地震学报, 32(4), 401–411.
32. 张冬丽, 张伟, 徐锡伟, 柴炽章, and 张献兵 (2009), 断层破裂方式对银川盆地强地面运动的影响, 地震工程与工程振动, 29(4), 1–8.
33. 祝贺君, 张伟*, 陈晓非, 2009. 二维各向异性介质中地震波场的高阶同位网格有限差分模拟, 地球物理学报, 52(6), 1536–1546.