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Dr. Mohammed Ali
Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3212
Office:  +971 (0)2 607 5282
Fax: +971 (0)2 607 5194
Email: mali@pi.ac.ae

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D.
PGCE
Geophysics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (1999-2003)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Wales, College Newport, UK (1998-1999)
MSc Applied Geophysics, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (1997-1998)
BSc Exploration Geology, University of Wales, College Cardiff, UK (1994–1997)

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Mohammed Ali Experience with geophysical (seismic, gravity and magnetic), geological and structural data acquisition (including 3D industry standard and 2D shallow seismic), processing, interpretation and modelling in three different environments: onshore, offshore and ice-shelf (Antarctica).

Dr. Mohammed Ali successfully investigated aspects of sedimentary basins, oceanic lithosphere, lithospheric evolution, passive continental margins, and reservoir characterization to provide significant insights into fundamental geological processes.

His main research is in the area of synthesizing seismic, gravity, magnetic, topography and other observables geological and geophysical data with new observations gained from innovative and quantitative geophysical analyses.

He is expert on petroleum system and mineral potential of East and horn of Africa. Conducted geophysical and geological surveys in Horn of Africa and East African Rift System (EARS) to investigate the petroleum potential of Albertine Graben, Lake Tanganyika, Somalia and Gulf of Aden.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Aug 2015–present Professor
Department of Petroleum Geosciences
The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Aug 2010–Jul 2015 Associate Professor
Department of Petroleum Geosciences
The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Jul 2003–Jul 2010 Assistant Professor
Department of Petroleum Geosciences
The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Reservoir Geophysics: Seismic reservoir monitoring; passive microseismic; seismic modelling of fractured carbonate reservoirs; microgravimetric monitoring of reservoirs; seismic anisotropy; seismic reflection processing; seismic inversion and modelling; seismic attributes; AVO analysis and seismic amplitude interpretation; 2D and 3D seismic interpretation and visualization.
  • Geology and Tectonics: Tectonic evolution of northeastern Arabia; tectonic evolution of Gulf of Aden; seismic stratigraphy; basin modelling; lithospheric flexure and crustal studies, gravity and magnetic modelling; seismic structural interpretation.
  • Natural Resources: Hydrocarbon potential of Gulf of Aden and Somaliland/Somalia; geophysical mineral exploration of Arabian shield and Somaliland/Somalia.

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

Project Title: Enhancement of Fracture Characterization by Innovative Geophysical Data Processing and Integration in Carbonate Reservoirs
Funding Agency: ADNOC Oil Subcommittee
Collaborator(s): Dr. Jun Matsushima (University of Tokyo)
Project Title: Deep seismic study of the UAE-Oman mountain belt: Implications for collision tectonics and ophiolite emplacement
Funding Agency: PI Research Centre
Collaborator(s): Profs. Tony Watts and Mike Searle (University of Oxford)
Project Title: Seismic wave attenuation of carbonate reservoirs
Funding Agency: ADNOC Oil Subcommittee
Collaborator(s): Prof. Yuefeng Sun (Texas A&M) and Dr. Sandra Vega (PI)
Project Title: Fieldwork investigation of gypsiferous outcrops: Western side of Jabal Sumaini
Funding Agency: PI Research Initiation Funding Program
Collaborator(s): Dr. David Cooper

Project Title:

Microseismic feasibility study in Abu Dhabi reservoirs
Funding Agency: ADNOC Oil Subcommittee
Collaborator(s): Guo Tao (PI)

PUBLICATIONS

Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. M. Y. Ali and A. B. Watts, "Tectonic evolution of sedimentary basins of northern Somalia," Basin Research, pp. 1-25, 10.1111/bre.12113, 2015.
  2. F. Bouchaala, M. Y. Ali, and A. Farid, "Estimation of compressional seismic wave attenuation of carbonate rocks in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates," Comptes Rendus Geoscience, vol. 346, pp. 169-178, 2014.
  3. M. P. Searle, A. G. Cherry, M. Y. Ali, and D. J. W. Cooper, "Tectonics of the Musandam peninsula and northern Oman Mountains: from ophiolite obduction to continental collision," GeoArabia, vol. 19, pp. 135-174, 2014.
  4. M. Hallo, I. Oprsal, L. Eisner, and M. Ali, "Prediction of magnitude of the largest potentially induced seismic event," Journal of Seismology, vol. 18, pp. 421-431, 2014/07/01 2014.
  5. M. Y. Ali, J. W. Cooper, M. P. Searle, and A. Al-Lazki, "Origin of gypsiferous intrusions in the Hawasina window, Oman mountains: Implications from structural and gravity investigations," GeoArabia, vol. 19, pp. 17-48, 2014.
  6. M. Y. Ali, A. B. Watts, and A. Farid, "Gravity anomalies of the United Arab Emirates: Implications for basement structures and infra-Cambrian salt distribution," GeoArabia, vol. 19, pp. 85-112, 2014.
  7. S. Basu, M. Ali, A. Farid, K. Berteussen, and G. Mercado, "A microseismic experiment in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: implications for carbonate reservoir monitoring," Arabian Journal of Geosciences, vol. 7, pp. 3815-3827, 2014/09/01 2014.
  8. M. Y. Ali and A. B. Watts, "Subsidence history, crustal structure, and evolution of the Somaliland-Yemen conjugate margin," Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 118, pp. 1-12, 2013.
  9. M. Y. Ali, B. Barkat, K. A. Berteussen, and J. Small, "A low-frequency passive seismic array experiment over an onshore oil field in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates," Geophysics, vol. 78, pp. B159-B176, July 1, 2013 2013.
  10. D. J. W. Cooper, M. Y. Ali, M. P. Searle, and A. Al-Lazki, "Salt intrusions in Jabal Qumayrah, northern Oman Mountains: Implications from structural and gravity investigations," GeoArabia, vol. 18, pp. 141-176, 2013.

Book Chapters

  1. M. Y. Ali, A. B. Watts, and M. P. Searle, "Seismic stratigraphy and subsidence history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rifted margin and overlying foreland basins," in " Lithosphere Dynamics and Sedimentary Basins: The Arabian Plate and Analogues, K. A. Hosani, F. Roure, R. Ellison, and S. Lokier, Eds., ed: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2013, pp. 127-143.
  2. D. J. W. Cooper, M. Y. Ali, and M. P. Searle, "Structure of the northern Oman Mountains from the Semail Ophiolite to the Foreland Basin," in Tectonic Evolution of the Oman Mountains. vol. 392, H. R. Rollinson, M. P. Searle, I. A. Abbasi, A. Al-Lazki, and M. H. Al-Kindi, Eds., ed London, UK: Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 2014, pp. 129-153.

Articles in Refereed Conference Proceedings

  1. M. Y. Ali and A. B. Watts, "Deep Seismic Study of the United Arab Emirates: Implications for Collision Tectonics and Ophiolite Emplacement," in AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 2014.
  2. A. Salem and M. Y. Ali, "Mapping basement structures in the northwestern offshore of Abu Dhabi from high-resolution aeromagnetic data," in 76th EAGE Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2014.
  3. S. Aidarbayev and M. Y. Ali, "Subsidence Evolution of the Musandam Peninsula & Subsurface Architecture of the Pabdeh Foreland Basin," in ADIPEC,, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2014, pp. 14ADIP-P-1077-SPE.
  4. F. Bouchaala, M. Y. Ali, and A. Farid, "Determination of seismic wave attenuation profile in carbonate rocks," in EAGE workshop on Seismic Attenuation, Singapore, Singapore, 2013.
  5. M. Y. Ali and A. B. Watts, "Subsidence history, crustal structure and evolution of the Somaliland- Yemen conjugate margin," in 75th EAGE Conference, London, UK, 2013.

Invited Seminars & Conference Presentations / Posters

  1. M. Y. Ali, “Reservoir Geology,” presented to Supreme Petroleum Council – Crises Management Section, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2011.
  2. M. Y. Ali, “Stratigraphy, subsidence and uplift history, and tectonic evolution of the United Arab Emirates foreland basin,” presented at UAE University, Al Ain, UAE, 2010.

CURRENT RESEARCH FELLOWS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

Dr. Fateh Bouchaala Postdoctoral fellow
Dr. Simone Pilia Postdoctoral fellow
Dr. Weining Liu Postdoctoral fellow
Mr. Muhammad Tanveer Research Lab Engineer
Mr. Brook Keats PhD Student (Oxford)
Mr. Meng Li Visiting PhD Student
Ms. Liqin Sang Visiting PhD Student
Guo Yi MS Student

HONORS & AWARDS

  • A token of appreciation for excellent research, Upstream Research Oil-Subcommittee, Abu Dhabi, February 2014.
  • Research Award, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, June 2010.

 

 

 

 
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