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Manik Talwani
Schlumberger Chair of
Advanced Studies and Research

Office: 315
Phone: (713) 348-6067

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Manik Talwani's early education . . .

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Manik Talwani's current research is in the following areas:

  • Geophysical studies of Continental Margins
  • Gravity gradiometry and inversion of gravity gradients
  • Time lapse gravity gradiometry
  • Studies related to Production of Heavy Oil

Research Highlights Current Research Projects
San Andreas Project
Gradient Inverstion Project

Research Proposals
4D Gradiometry
Abyss Sea Surface Altimetry

Selected Publications:

Manik Talwani has published . . . .

25 Important Publications
Publications by Topic
Pending Publications

25 Important Publications

Talwani, Manik, J. Lamar Worzel, and Mark Landisman, Rapid gravity computations for two-dimensional bodies with application to the Mendocino submarine fracture zone, J. Geophys. Res., 64(1), 49-59, 1959.

Talwani, Manik, George H. Sutton, and J. Lamar Worzel, A crustal section across the Puerto Rico Trench, J. Geophys. Res., 64(10), 1545-1555, 1959.

Talwani, Manik and Maurice Ewing, Rapid computation of gravitational attraction of three-dimensional bodies of arbitrary shape, Geophysics, 25(1), 203-225, 1960.

Ewing, Maurice, John I. Ewing, and Manik Talwani, Sediment distribution in the oceans: The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 75, 17-36, 1964.

Talwani, Manik and James R. Heirtzler, Computation of magnetic anomalies caused by two-dimensional structures of arbitrary shape. Computers in the Mineral Industries, George A. Parks (ed.), School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (Publc.), 464-480, 1964.

Talwani, Manik, Xavier Le Pichon, and Maurice Ewing, Crustal structure of the mid-ocean ridges. 2. Computed model from gravity and seismic refraction data, J. Geophys. Res., 70(2), 341-352, 1965.

Talwani, Manik, Computation with the help of a digital computer of magnetic anomalies caused by bodies of arbitrary shape, Geophysics, 30(5), 797-817, 1965 - Reprinted in Golden Anniversary issue of Geophysics, 1985, as one of top papers in Geophysics, 1960-1985.

Talwani, Manik, James H. Dorman, J. Lamar Worzel, and George M. Bryan, Navigation at sea by satellite, J. Geophys. Res., 71(24), 5891-5902, 1966.

Talwani, Manik, Charles C. Windisch, and Marcus G. Langseth, Jr., Reykjanes Ridge Crest: A detailed geophysical study, J. Geophys. Res., 76(2), 473-517, 1971. Citation index selected this as one of most cited papers in Geophysics, 1972-1981.

Talwani, Manik, "Gravity." The Sea, Vol. 4, Part 1, A.E. Maxwell (ed.), Wiley-Interscience, New York, 251-297, 1971.

Pitman, Walter C., III, and Manik Talwani, Sea-floor spreading in the North Atlantic, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 83, 619-646, 1972.

Talwani, Manik, Lunar gravity traverse equipment, The Moon, D. Reidel Publishing Co., 4, 307, 1972.

Talwani, Manik and Olav Eldholm, Boundary between continental and oceanic crust at the margin of rifted continents, Nature, 241(5388), 325-330, 1973.

Watts, A.B. and Manik Talwani, Gravity effects of downgoing lithospheric slabs beneath island areas, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 86(1), 1-4, 1975.

Talwani, M., and Olav Eldholm, Evolution of the Norwegian-Greenland Sea, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 88, 969-999, 1977.

Talwani, M., and M. Langseth, Ocean crustal dynamics, Science, 213, No.4503, 22-31, 1981.

Mutter, J.C., M. Talwani, and P.L. Stoffa, Origin of seaward-dipping reflectors in oceanic crust off the Norwegian margin by "sub-aerial sea-floor spreading," Geology, 10, 353-357, 1982.

Naini, B.R., and M. Talwani , Structural framework and the evolutionary history of the continental margin of western India, Proc. of the Hollis Hedberg Symposium, Galveston, TX, January 12-16, 1981, Studies in Continental Margin Geology, AAPG Memoir 34, 167-191, 1983.

Alsop, L.E. and M. Talwani, The East Coast Magnetic Anomaly, Science 226, 1189-1191, 1984.

Talwani, M., The ocean floor and what lies beneath it. I.O.C. Bruun Memorial Lectures 1982: Ocean Science for the year 2000, I.O.C. Tech. Ser. 28, UNESCO, 1984, 7-11, 1985.

Talwani, M., Ocean-continent transition: structure, In The Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics, D. James (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, Inc., 858-871, 1989.

Austin, James A. Jr., and M. Talwani, EDGE - An Initiative to Study Submerged Continental Lithosphere Around the U.S., EOS, 70-12, 177, 1989.

Talwani, M., J. Ewing, R.E. Sheridan, W.S. Holbrook, and L. Glover, III. The EDGE experiment and the U.S. Coast Magnetic anomaly, in NATO/ARW Series book 3Rifted Ocean-Continent Boundaries,2 E. Banda, M. Talwani and M. Torne (eds), 155-181, 1995.

Talwani, Manik, and Vitor Abreu, Inferences regarding initiation of oceanic crust formation from the U.S. East Coast Margin and Conjugate South Atlantic Margins, in Atlantic Rifts and Continental Margins, Geophysical Monograph 115, American Geophysical Union, 1999.

Talwani, Manik, Joint inversion and other issues concerning gravity gradients. Geophysics, (submitted)


Talwani, M., and W.C. Pitman, (eds.), "Island Arcs Deep Sea Trenches and Back Arc Basins," 470p, Maurice Ewing Series, No. 1, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C. (1977).

Talwani, M., C.G. Harrison, and D.E. Hayes (eds.), "Deep Drilling Results in the Atlantic Ocean: Ocean Crust," 431p, Maurice Ewing Series, No.2, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C. (1979).

Talwani, M., W.W. Hay, and W.B.F. Ryan (eds.), "Deep Drilling Results in the Atlantic Ocean: Continental Margins and Paleoenvironment," 437p, Maurice Ewing Series, No. 3, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., (1979).

Scrutton, R.A. and M. Talwani (eds.), "The Ocean Floor," 318p, John Wiley and Sons, New York (1982).

Bott, M.H.P., S. Saxov, M. Talwani, and J. Thiede, (eds.), "Structure and Development of the Greenland Scotland Ridge: New Methods and Concepts." 685p, Plenum Press, New York (1983).

Banda, E., M. Torne, and M. Talwani (eds.), 3Rifted Ocean-Continent Boundaries2 387p, NATO ASI Series 1994.

Mohriak,W., and M.Talwani (eds.), "Atlantic Rifts and Continental Margins" 354p. Geophysical Monograph 115,American Geophysical Union,Washington D.C. (2000).


Udintsev,R.L.Fisher,, (Eds.), International Geological-Geophysical Atlas of the Indian Ocean, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO, Moscow,1975.

Groenlie, G., and M. Talwani, Geophysical Atlas of the Norwegian-Greenland Sea, VEMA Research Series IV, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Palisades, NY, 1978.

Udintsev, G.B.,D.P.D.Scott, I.S.Gramberg, L.Montadert, F.H.Mouzo, M;Tatwani, S.Uyeda, E.L.Winterer, (Eds.), D.I.Zhiv, International Geological-Geophysical Atlas of the Atlantic Ocean, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO. 1989-1990.

Udintsev, G.B.,D.P.D.Scott, M;Talwani, S.Uyeda, D.I.Zhiv, , (Eds. International Geological-Geophysical Atlas of the Pacific Ocean, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO, Moscow,. (in preparation).

Pending Publications

Talwani, Manik, Joint Inversion and Other Issues Concerning Gravity Gradients. Submitted for publication in Society of Exploration Geophysics.


System and process for secondary hydrocarbon recovery, Manik Talwani Walter Feldman, and Melvin Schweitzer, Patent No. US 6,152,226 Nov 8, 2000

Inversion and application of gravity gradients, Manik Talwani (Preliminary patent, September 2000)


Need course information . . .

Some Former/CurrentGraduate Students:

  • Ted Stieglitz, Ph.D, 2001 - "Exploring at HARK 2-D/3-D Eikonal solvers and 3D Kirchoff migration"

  • Stig Hestholm, Ph.D, 1999 - "2-D and 3-D Elastic and Viscoelastic Finite Difference Wave Modeling including Real Surface Topography."

  • Riju John, M.A. candidate, - "Amplitude preservation for Prestack Imaging (PSI) after Dip Moveout (DMO)"

  • T. Rampersad, M.A., - "Cross-line migration of prestack data"

  • A. Lodh, M.A., - "3-DAVO analysis: a modeling approach"

  • Y. Land, M.A., - " Geophysical study of deep crustal structure: Mid-Atlantic passive continental margin."

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