Papers and Publications

*Journal Papers

< Submitted / in preparation >

Huang H., Y. Li, Q. Liu, Yao, H., R. D. van der Hilst, High resolution tomography and radial anisotropy of SE Tibet and its surrounding regions using ambient noise interferometry, in preparation

Huang H., Y. Li, Q. Liu, Yao, H., R. D. van der Hilst, Eikonal tomography and azimuthal anisotropy for the SE Tibet and SW China, in preparation

Guo Z., Wang W., Yao, H., Gao X., Depth variations of azimuthal anisotropy beneath Tien Shan from ambient noise tomography, in prep.

Yuan Y., Yao, H.*, Qin Y., Huang W., Joint inversion of Rayleigh wave ZH ratios and dispersion based on the Neighborhood Algorithm and its application, in prep. for Chinese J. Geophys.

Fang H., Yao, H.*, Zhang H, Huang, YC, van der Hilst R.D., Direct inversion of surface wave dispersion for 3-D shallow crustal structure based on ray tracing: methodology and application, Geophys. J. Int. , revised


< Published / In Press >


35. Yao H *, 2015. A method for inversion of layered shear wavespeed azimuthal anisotropy from Rayleigh wave dispersion using the Neighborhood Algorithm. Earthquake Sciences, 25, doi: 10.1007/s11589-014-0108-6

34. Li X., Yao H *, Li Y., Liu Q., 2015. Effect of off-great-circle propagation on surface wave phase velocity tomography in western Sichuan,Acta Seismologica Sinica. 37(1)£¬15£­28 (in Chinese)


33. Lai, YC, Huang, BS, Huang YC, Yao H, Hwang RD, Huang YL, Chang WY, 2014. Geological Variation in S-wave Velocity Structures in Northern Taiwan and Implications for Seismic Hazards Based on Ambient Noise Analysis, J. Asian Earth Sci. 96, 353-360. (PDF download)

32. Liu QY, van der Hilst RD, Li Y, Yao H, Chen JH, Guo B, Qi SH, Wang J, Huang H, Li SC, 2014. Eastward expansion of the Tibetan Plateau by crustal flow and strain partitioning across faults, Nature Geoscience, 30, doi:10.1038/NGEO2130 (link) (PDF download)

31. Chen M., Huang H, Yao, H., van der Hilst R.D., Niu F., 2014. Low wavespeed zones in the crust beneath the SE Tibet revealed by ambient noise adjoint tomography, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 334-340 (PDF download)

30. Huang, Y.-C., Yao, H. Liang, W.-Z., et al., 2014. Crustal and upper mantle Vs structures across the Taiwan Strait from ambient seismic noise and earthquake Rayleigh wave analyses. J. Asian Earth Sci. 81, 38-52 (PDF download).

29. Yao, H, Peng, Z, 2014. Preface to the focus section on the 20 April 2013 magnitude 6.6 Lushan, China, earthquake.Seismo. Res. Lett,, 85(1), 6-7 (PDF download).


28. Yao, H., Compress sensing of great earthquake rupture process: Methodology and research advances.Journal of Univ of Science and Technology of China (invited; in Chinese), 43(11), 907-921 (PDF download).

27. Uchide, T., Yao, H., Shearer, P., 2013. Spatio-temporal distribution of fault slip and high-frequency radiation of the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah, Mexico earthquake. J. Geophys. Res., 118, 1–10, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50144 (PDF download)

26. Yao, H., Shearer, P., Gerstoft, P., 2013. Compressive sensing of frequency-dependent seismic radiation from subduction zone megathrust ruptures. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS), doi: 10.1073/pnas.1212790110 (PNAS link)(Full text + SI PDF download)(Media reports: CAS, USTC-Eng, USTC-CHN,, chinanews, sciencenet, Guangming, xinhuanet, anhuinews, ChinaYouth, Wenhui, ......)

25. Cheng, C., Chen, L., Yao, H., Jiang M., Wang B., 2012. Distinct variations of crustal shear wave velocity structure and radial anisotropy beneath the North China Craton constrained from ambient noise analysis, Gondwana Research, 23, 25-38, doi:10.1016/ (PDF download).


24. Yao, H., 2012. Lithospheric structure and deformation in SE Tibet revealed by ambient noise and earthquake surface wave tomography: Recent advances and perspectives. Earthquake Sciences, 25, 371-383, doi:10.1007/s11589-012-0863-1 (PDF download).

24. Gouedard, P., Yao, H., van der Hilst, R. D., Ernst F., 2012. Surface-wave eikonal tomography using dense geophysical array. Geophys.J. Int. , doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05652.x (PDF download).

23. Yao, H., Shearer, P., Gerstoft, P., 2012. Subevent location and rupture imaging using iterative back-projection for the 2011 Tohoku Mw 9.0 earthquake, Geophys.J. Int., doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05541.x (PDF download).


21. Yao, H., Gerstoft, P., Shearer, P., Mecklenbrauker, C., 2011. Compressive sensing of the Tohoku-Oki Mw 9.0 Earthquake: Frequency-dependent rupture modes, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2011GL049223 (PDF download).

20. Zhang, J., Gerstoft, P., Shearer, P., Yao, H., Vidale, J., Houston, H., Ghost, A., 2011. Cascadia tremor spectra: low corner frequencies and earthquake-like falloff at high frequencies, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 12(10), Q10007, doi:10.1029/2011GC003759. (PDF download).

19. Yao, H., Gouedard, P., McGuire, J., Collins, J. and van der Hilst, R.D., 2011. Structure of young East Pacific Rise lithosphere from ambient noise correlation analysis of fundamental- and higher-mode Scholte-Rayleigh waves, Comptes Rendues Geoscience de l'Académie des Sciences, doi:10.1016/j.crte.2011.04.004 (PDF download)

18. Gao, S., Humphreys, E. D., Yao, H., and van der Hilst, R.D., 2011. Crustal and lithosphere structure of the Northwestern U.S. with ambient noise tomography: Terrane accretion and Cascade arc development, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. , doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.01.033 (PDF download)

17. Gouedard, P., Roux, P., Campillo, M., Verdel, A., Yao, H., van der Hilst, R.D., 2011. Source/Receiver depopulation potential and surface wave imaging using correlation methods in a scattering medium, Geophysics, 76(2), P. SA1-SA11, doi:10.1190/1.3535443 (PDF download)


16. Huang, H., Yao, H., van der Hilst, R.D., 2010. Radial anisotropy in the crust of SE Tibet and SW China from ambient noise interferometry, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2010GL044981 (PDF download)

15. Yao H., van der Hilst, R.D., Montagner, J.-P., 2010. Heterogeneity and anisotropy of the lithosphere of SE Tibet from surface wave array analysis, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2009JB007142 (PDF download)

14. Huang, Y.-C., Yao H, Huang, B.-S., van der Hilst., R.D., Wen, K.-L., Huang, W.-G., and Chen, C.-H., 2010. Phase Velocity Variation at Periods 0.5-3 s in the Taipei Basin of Taiwan from Correlation of Ambient Seismic Noise,B.S.S.A, 100(5A), 2250-2263, doi:10.1785/0120090319 (PDF download)

13. Li, Y., Yao, H., Liu, Q., Chen, J., van der Hilst, R.D., Li, S., Huang, H., Guo, B., Wang, J., and Qi, S, 2010. Phase velocity array tomography of Rayleigh waves in western Sichuan from ambient seismic noise. Chinese J. Geophys., 53(4), 842-852 (PDF download)

12. Yi, G., Yao H., Zhu, J., van der Hilst, R.D., 2010. Lithospheric deformation of continental China from Rayleigh wave azimuthal anisotropy. Chinese J. Geophys., 53(2), 256-268 (PDF download)


11. Yao H., Campman, X., de Hoop, M.V., van der Hilst, R.D., 2009. Estimation of surface-wave Green¡¯s function from correlations of direct waves, coda waves, and ambient noise in SE Tibet, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2009.07.002 (PDF download)

10. Yao, H. and Van der Hilst, R.D., 2009. Analysis of ambient noise energy distribution and phase velocity bias in ambient noise tomography, with application to SE Tibet, Geophys.J. Int.,10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04329.x (PDF download) (Cited 52 times)

9. Guo Z., Gao X., Yao, H., Li J., Wang W., 2009. Mid-crustal low velocity layer beneath the central Himalaya and southern Tibet revealed by ambient noise array tomography., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 10(5), Q05007, doi:10.1029/2009GC002458 (PDF download)


8. Burchfiel, B.C., Royden, L.H., Van der Hilst, R.D., Hager, B.H., Chen, Z., King, R.W., Li, C., Lu, Y.,Yao, H., Kirby, E.,2008. A geological and geophysical context for the Wenchuan earthquake of 12 May 2008, Sichuan, People's Republic of China, Geological Society of America Today, vol. 18, no. 7, doi: 10.1130/GSATG18A.1 (PDF download)

7. Yao, H., Beghein, C., and Van der Hilst, R.D., 2008. Surface-wave array tomography in SE Tibet from ambient seismic noise and two-station analysis: II - Crustal and upper mantle structure. Geophys.J. Int., 173 (1), 205-219, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03696.x. (PDF download) (Cited 143 times)

6. Yi G., Yao, H., Zhu J., van der Hilst R.D., 2008. Rayleigh-wave phase velocity distribution in China continent and its adjacent regions, Chinese J. Geophys., 2008, Vol.52, No.2., 402-411.(PDF download)

2003 - 2007

5. Xu G., Yao, H.,Zhu L.,Shen Y., 2007. Shear wave velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle in western China and its adjacent area.Chinese J. Geophys., 2007, Vol.50, No.1., 193-208.(PDF download)

4. Yao, H., van der Hilst R.D., and de Hoop, M.V., 2006. Surface-wave array tomography in SE Tibet from ambient seismic noise and two-station analysis : I - Phase velocity maps. Geophys.J. Int., Vol. 166, 732-744, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.03028.x.(PDF download) (Cited 218 times)

3. Yao, H. , Xu G., Zhu L.,and Xiao X., 2005. Mantle structure from inter-station Rayleigh wave dispersion and its tectonic implication in Western China and neighboring regions.Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., Vol 148, 39-54. (PDF download)

2. Yao, H., Xu G., and Xiao X., 2004. A Quick Tracing Method Based on Image Analysis Technique for the Determination of Interstation Phase Velocities Dispersion Curve of Surface Wave, Seismological and Geomagnetic Observation and Research , 2004, No.1, 1-8.

1. Yao, H., Xu G., Xiao X., and Chen M.,2003. Geometrical Features of Subduction Boundaries, Seismology and Geology , Vol. 25, No.2, 220-226.


*Proceedings & Expanded Abstracts

6). Yao, H., Li, C., Li X. et al., 2014. Probing near surface shear velocity structure from ambient noise and surface wave array tomography. 2014 EAGE - Surface wave analysis workshop.

5). Gerstoft, P., Mecklenbrauker, C.,Yao, H., 2012. BAYESIAN SPARSE SENSING OF THE JAPANESE 2011 EARTHQUAKE, 2012 Conference Record of the Forty Sixth Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers (Asilomar), 281-285.

4). Mecklenbrauker, C., Gerstoft, P., Yao, H., 2011. Bayesian sparse wideband source reconstruction of Japanese 2011 earthquake. The 4th International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP2011)

3). Gouedard, P.,Yao, H., van der Hilst R.D., Verdel, A., 2010. Surface wave Eikonal tomography in a scattering medium, expanded abstract in annual meeting of Society of Exploration Geophysicists in Denver, Colorado, doi:10.1190/1.3513217 (PDF download)

2). Toksoz, M. N., R. D. Van der Hilst, Y. Sun, C. Li, and Yao, H, 2007. P & S wave velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle under china and surrounding areas from body and surface wave tomography. Proceedings of the 29th Monitoring Research Review, Denver, Colorado, September 25-27.

1). Toksoz, M. N., R. D. van der Hilst, Y. Sun, C. Li., and Yao, H, 2006. P and S wave velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle under China and surrounding areas from body and surface wave tomography. Proceedings of the 28th Seismic Research Review, Florida.


*Thesis and general papers

Yao H., 2009. Ambient noise interferometry and surface-wave array tomography in southeastern Tibet. PhD Thesis, MIT (advisor: prof. Rob van der Hilst) (THESIS PDF DOWNLOAD)

Yao H., 2006. Surface-wave array tomography in SE Tibet from ambient noise and two-station analysis, First General Paper of Geophysics Program, MIT (advisor: Prof. Rob van der Hilst)

Yao H., 2006. Two-dimensional modeling of crustal channel flow, finite deformation and anisotropy with application to the Tibetan Plateau, Second General Paper of Geophysics Program, MIT (advisor: Prof. Bradford Hager)

Yao H., 2004. 3-D shear velocity structure in the crust and upper mantle in western China and adjacent regions from Rayleigh wave inter-station phase velocity measurements, M.S. Thesis in geophysics, USTC (advisor: Prof. Guoming Xu)

Yao H., 2001. An automatic method for extracting surface wave dispersion curves based on image analysis technique, B.S. Thesis in geophysics, USTC (advisor: Prof. Guoming Xu£©