Draganov, D.S.


Dec. 2017 – Present, Delft University of Technology

Smart Exploration (H2020 project)

  • Research topic: Application of seismic interferometry with active and passive sources for imaging of mines. Supervision of a PhD student and co-supervision of one PostDoc and one PhD student.


Apr. 2014 – Present, Delft University of Technology

Co-supervisor of a PhD project in La Plata University, Argentina (financed by the Argentine science foundation CONICET)

  • Research topic: Seismic interferometry on Andean volcanoes: monitoring and characterization of the subsurfaces.


Oct. 2012 – Oct. 2017, Delft University of Technology

VIDI Research Grant (5 years)

  • Research topic: Seismic interferometry for high-resolution applications in Regional Seismology. Supervision of a PostDoc and a PhD student.
  • Research topic: Seismic interferometry for high-resolution and cost-effective application in hydrocarbon exploration. Supervision of a PhD student.
  • Research topic: Seismic interferometry for high-resolution application in art preservation.


Jul. 2011 – Nov. 2014, Delft University of Technology


  • Research topic: Laboratory measurements for CO2 sequestration monitoring using seismic measurements.


Apr. 2010 – Jan. 2013, ICES/CNEA, Argentina

Ad Honorem Researcher (one day per week)

  • Leading an international collaboration project for the installation and operation of a temporary network of seismic receivers at Malargüe, Mendoza, Argentina.


Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2010, Delft University of Technology

VENI Research Grant (3 years)

  • Research topic: Frontier exploration for oil and gas using seismic background noise.


Dec. 2002 – Dec. 2007, Delft University of Technology

PhD (Cum Laude)

  • Thesis title: Seismic and electromagnetic interferometry –retrieval of the Earth’s reflection response using crosscorrelation.


Seismic interferometry (Green’s function retrieval)


My research interests include application of the seismic-interferometry method on different scales – from millimetres to hundreds of kilometres – for solving of practical problems. The method allows the retrieval of the seismic response between two receivers as if one of them were a virtual source. This allows us to extract information of the subsurface or of an object at places where otherwise this would not be possible due to the absence of active sources at those places.
At certain conditions, the result retrieved by seismic interferometry also contains non-physical reflections, what we call ghost reflections. When identified, we can use the ghost reflections to monitor layer-specific changes of the seismic velocity and quality factor in the subsurface or inside objects.


AESB1320-17: Mechanics, BSc 1st year, 5 EC (giving the part on oscillations and waves)
AES1011: Matlab/Programming, MSc 1st year, 2 EC


Recent peer-reviewed articles:

  • Draganov, D., J. Hunziker, K. Heller, K. Gutkowski, and F. Marte, 2017, High-resolution Ultrasonic Imaging of Artworks with Seismic Interferometry for Their Conservation and Restoration: Studies in Conservation, published online, doi: 10.1080/00393630.2018.1437870.

  • Planès, T., J. Rittgers, M. Mooney, W. Kanning, and D. Draganov, 2017, Monitoring the tidal response of a sea levee with ambient seismic noise: Journal of Applied Geophysics, 138, 255-263, doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2017.01.025.

  • Cheraghi, T., D. J. White, D. Draganov, G. Bellefleur, J. A. Craven, B. Roberts, 2017, Passive seismic reflection interferometry: A case study from the Aquistore CO2 storage site, Saskatchewan, Canada: Geophysics, 82, B79–B93, doi:10.1190/GEO2016-0370.1.

  • Weemstra, K., D. Draganov, E. Ruigrok, J. Hunziker, M. Gòmez and K. Wapenaar, 2017, Application of seismic interferometry by multidimensional deconvolution to ambient seismic noise recorded in Malargüe, Argentina: Geophysical Journal International, 208, 693-714, doi:10.1093/gji/ggw425.

  • Konstantaki, L., R. Ghose, D. Draganov, and T. Heimovaara, 2016, Wet and gassy zones in a municipal landfill from P- and S-wave velocity fields: Geophysics, 81, EN75–EN86, doi:10.1190/GEO2015-0581.1.

  • Boullenger, B., and D. Draganov, 2016, Interferometric identification of surface-related multiples: Geophysics, 81, Q41-Q52, doi:10.1190/GEO2015-0450.1.

  • Nishitsuji, Y., S. Minato, B. Boullenger, M. Gòmez, K. Wapenaar, and D. Draganov, 2016, Crustal-scale reflection imaging and interpretation by passive seismic interferometry using local earthquakes: Interpretation, 4, SJ29-SJ53, doi:10.1190/INT-2015-0226.1.

  • Nishitsuji, Y., E. Ruigrok, M. Gòmez, K. Wapenaar, and D. Draganov, 2016, Reflection Imaging of Aseismic Zones of the Nazca slab by Global-phase Seismic Interferometry: Interpretation, 4, SJ1-SJ16, doi:10.1190/INT-2015-0225.1.

  • Nishitsuji, Y., C. Rowe, K. Wapenaar, and D. Draganov, 2016, Reflection Imaging of the Moon’s Interior Using Deep-Moonquake Seismic Interferometry: Journal of Geophysical Research – Planets, 121, 695-713, doi:10.1002/2015JE004975.

  • Liu, Y., D. Draganov, K. Wapenaar, and B. Arntsen, 2016, Retrieving virtual reflections at drill-bit positions using seismic interferometry with drill-bit noise: Geophysical Prospecting, 64, 348-360, doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12292.

  • Konstantaki, L., D. Draganov, R. Ghose, and T. Heimovaara, 2015, Seismic interferometry as a tool for improved imaging of the heterogeneities in the body of a landfill: Journal of Applied Geophysics, 122, 28-39, doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2015.08.008.

  • Draganov, D., E. Ruigrok, R. Ghose, D. Mikesell, and K. van Wijk, 2015, Quality-factor and reflection-coefficient estimation using surface-wave ghost reflections from subvertical structures: Journal of Applied Geophysics, 112, 206-214, doi: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2014.11.019.

  • Boullenger, B., A. Verdel, B. Paap, J. Thorbecke, and D. Draganov, 2015, Studying CO2-storage with ambient-noise seismic interferometry: a combined numerical feasibility study and field-data example for Ketzin, Germany: Geophysics, 80, Q1-Q13, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0181.1.

  • Konstantaki, L., R. Ghose, D. Draganov, G. Diaferia, and T. Heimovaara, 2015, Characterization of a heterogeneous landfill using seismic and electrical resistivity data: Geophysics, 80, EN13-EN25, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0263.1.

Deyan Draganov

Associate Professor