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Whitney J. Trainor-Guitton

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Geophysics
  • Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, CO 80401


  • PhD, 2010, Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
  • M.S., 2006, Geophysics, Stanford University
  • B.S., 2001, Geophysical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Research Interests

  • value of information methodologies
  • stochastic techniques and geostatistical modeling of geophysical data
  • distributed acoustic sensing
  • integration of data of diverse scales
  • uncertainty quantification
  • subsurface flow modeling
  • carbon sequestration monitoring
  • geothermal exploration


  • Trainor-Guitton, W., Hoversten, G., Nordquist, G. and Intani, R., (2017) Value of MT inversions for geothermal exploration: accounting for multiple interpretations of field data & determining new drilling locations, Geothermics, 66, pp 13-22.
  • Trainor-Guitton, W., Sun, Y., Mansoor, K., and Carroll, S., (2016) Merits of Pressure and Geochemical Data as Indicators of CO2/Brine Leakage into a Heterogeneous, Sedimentary Aquifer, Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 52, pp 237-249.
  • Peredo-Alvarez, V., Bellas, A., Trainor-Guitton, W., and Lange, I., (2016) Mandate a Man to Fish?: Technological advance in cooling systems at U.S. thermal electric plants: Water Resources Research, v. 52, p. 1418-1426, doi: 10.1002/2014WR015716.
  • Chiaramonte, L., White, J. and Trainor-Guitton, W., (2014) Probabilistic geomechanical analysis of compartmentalization at the Snhvit CO2 sequestration project, Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, doi: 10.1002/2014JB011376.
  • Carroll, S., Keating, E., Mansoor, K., Dai, Z, Sun, Y., Trainor-Guitton, W., Brown, C., Bacon, D. (2014) Key factors for determining groundwater impacts due to leakage from geologic carbon sequestration reservoirs, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 29, pp 153-168.
  • Trainor-Guitton, W., Hoversten, G. M., Ramirez, A., Roberts, J., Jlusson, E., Key, K., Mellors, R. (2014) The value of spatial information of for determining well placement: a geothermal example, Geophysics, 79(5), pp 27-W41, 10.1190/GEO2013-0337.1.
  • Trainor-Guitton, W. (2014) A geophysical perspective of value of information: examples of spatial decisions for groundwater sustainability, Environment, Systems and Decisions, doi:10.1007/s10669-013-9487-9.
  • Trainor-Guitton, W., Ramirez, A., Yang, X., Mansoor, K., Sun, Y., Carroll, S., (2013) Value of information methodology for assessing the ability of electrical resistivity to detect CO2/brine leakage into a shallow aquifer, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 18, pp 101-113.
  • Sun, Y., Tong, C., Trainor-Guitton, W., Lu, C., Mansoor, K., and Carroll, S., (2013) Global sampling for integrating physics-specific subsystems and quantifying uncertainties of CO2 geological sequestration, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 12, pp 108-123.
  • Trainor-Guitton, W. J., Mukerji, T., and Knight, R. (2013). A methodology for quantifying the value of spatial information for dynamic earth problems. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 27(4), 969983. doi:10.1007/s00477-012-0619-4
  • Trainor-Guitton, W., and Hoversten, G. M. (2012). Stochastic inversion for electromagnetic geophysics: practical challenges and improving convergence efficiency. Geophysics, 76(6), F373. doi:10.1190/geo2010-0223.1
  • Trainor-Guitton, W. J., Caers, J. K., and Mukerji, T. (2011). A methodology for establishing a data reliability measure for value of spatial information problems. Mathematical Geosciences, 43(8), 929949. doi:10.1007/s11004-011-9367-0