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Department of Earth Sciences



I am especially interested in seismic inversion based on the ray tracing method and seismic data modelling. I have various geophysical method backgrounds directed towards marine geological problems. My research investigates crustal-mantle interaction and crustal formation of the continental margins, from an approach calling upon different seismic methods. My current research project involves the heterogeneity characteristics of the oceanic lithosphere and the rifted margins structure due to the change of the extension/spreading rate by obtaining and modelling of the reflection/refraction seismic data considering velocity structures at different wavelengths, with the potential field to image the deep structure.


Key publications: 

Peer-reviewed Articles

  1. Dong, M., Lü, C., Zhang, J. & Hao, T. 2022. Downgoing plate‐buoyancy driven retreat of North Sulawesi Trench: Transition of a passive margin into a subduction zone. Geophysical Research Letters.

  2. Liu, L., Hao, T., Lü, C., Wu Z, Kim K, Kim H. 2022. Integrated Geophysical Study of the Collision Between the North China Craton and the Yangtze Craton and Its Links With Craton Lithospheric Thinning. Frontiers in Earth Science.

  3. Liu, L., Hao, T., Lü, C., & Zheng Y. 2021. Crustal Deformation and Detachment in the Sulu Orogenic Belt: New Constraints from Onshore-Offshore Wide-angle Seismic Data. Geophysical Research Letters
  4. Cao, L., He, X., Zhao, L., Lü, C., Hao, T., 2021. Mantle Flow Patterns Beneath the Junction of Multiple Subduction Systems Between the Pacific and Tethys Domains, SE Asia: Constraints From SKS ‐Wave Splitting Measurements. Geochemistry, Geophys. Geosystems.
  5. Pilia, S., Ali, M.Y., Searle, M.P., Watts, A.B., Lü, C., Thompson, D.A., 2021. Crustal Structure of the UAE‐Oman Mountain Range and Arabian Rifted Passive Margin: New Constraints From Active and Passive Seismic Methods. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth 126.
  6. Lü, C., Hao, T., Lin, J. & Qiu, X. 2017. The role of rifting in the development of the continental margins of the southwest subbasin, South China Sea: Insights from an OBS experiment. Marine Geophysical. Research. 38, 105–123.
  7. Lü, C., Hao, T., Yao, Y., Xing, J. & Qiu, X. 2016. Oceanic mantle gravimetric response to the seafloor spreading of the Southwest Sub-basin, South China Sea. Geological Journal. 51, 535–547.
  8. Liu, L., Hao, T., Lü, C. 2015. Crustal structure of Bohai Sea and adjacent area (North China) from two onshore–offshore wide-angle seismic survey lines. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. 98, 457–469.
Other publications: 

Popular Science Articles

  • 2022 Technical Committee ISO/TC 8, Ships and marine technology, Subcommittee SC 13, M. technology. ISO 3482: Ships and marine technology — Technical guidelines for active source exploration with ocean bottom seismometers (OBS).
  • Lü, C., Rawlinson, N., 2020. A day in the Field: Imaging of North-Sulawesi subduction in the Celebes Sea. GeoCam 6–7,
  • Lü, C., Hao, T., Rawlinson, N., Zhao, L., Xu, Y., Liu, L., 2019. Introduction to the 3-D seismic observation of the north Sulawesi subduction zone and the study of initiation mechanism. Mar. Geol. Quat. Geol. 39, 131–137.
Research Fellow

Contact Details

Wolfson Building #62
Bullard Laboratories, Department of Earth Sciences
Madingley Rise, Madingley Road
University of Cambridge
+44 (0) 1223 337172


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Marine Geophysics