Ka Wai Helen Lau


Lau, K.W.H., Nedimović, M.R., Jian, H. & Canales, J.P., in preparation. Continent-Ocean Transition Across the Central Morocco Margin from Tomographic Modeling of MIRROR-1 Wide-Angle Seismic Data: Comparison with Conjugate Nova Scotia Margin.

Lau, K.W.H., Nedimović, M.R. & Louden, K.E., 2019. Along-strike variations in structure of the continent-ocean transition at the northeastern Nova Scotia margin from wide-angle seismic observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v.124. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016894

Lau, K.W.H., Nedimović, M.R. & Louden, K.E., 2018. Continent-ocean transition across the northeastern Nova Scotian margin from a dense wide-angle seismic profile. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v.123. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017JB015282

Lau, K.W.H., Watremez, L., Louden, K.E. & Nedimović, M.R., 2015. Structure of thinned continental crust across the Orphan Basin from a dense wide-angle seismic profile and gravity data. Geophysical Journal International, v. 202(3), p.1969-1992, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv261

Watremez, L., Lau, K.W.H., Nedimović, M.R. & Louden, K.E., 2015. Traveltime tomography of a dense wide-angle profile across Orphan Basin, Geophysics, v. 80(3), B69-B82, doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0377.1

Lau, K.W.H, White, R.S. & Christie, P.A.F., 2010. Integrating streamer and ocean-bottom seismic data for sub-basalt imaging on the Atlantic Margin. Petroleum Geoscience, v. 16, p.349-366, doi:10.1144/1354-0793/10-023.

Lau, K.W.H., White, R.S., Christie, P.A.F., 2007. Low-frequency source for long-offset, sub-basalt and deep crustal penetration. The Leading Edge, v.26, no.1, p.36-39.

Lau, K.W.H, Louden, K.E., Funck, T., Tucholke, B., Holbrook, W.S., Hopper, J.R. & Larsen H.C., 2006. Crustal Structure across the Grand Banks-Newfoundland Basin Continental Margin – I. Results from a seismic refraction profile. Geophysical Journal International, v.167, p.127-156. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.02988.x

Lau, K.W.H., Louden, K.E., Deemer, S., Hall, J., Hopper, J.R., Tucholke, B.E., Holbrook, W.S.; Larsen, H.C., 2006. Crustal Structure across the Grand Banks–Newfoundland Basin Continental Margin – II. Results from a Seismic Reflection Profile. Geophysical Journal International, v. 167, p.157-170.

Lau, K.W.H., 2005. Structure of the Eastern Grand Banks/Newfoundland Basin Rifted Margin, Ph.D. thesis, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.

Hopper, J.R., Funck, T., Tucholke, B.E., Larsen, H.C., Holbrook, W.S., Louden, K.E., Shillington, D., Lau, H., 2004. Continental breakup and the onset of ultraslow seafloor spreading off Flemish Cap on the Newfoundland rifted margin. Geology, v.32, no.1, p.93-96.

Louden, K. & Lau, H., 2001. Insights from Scientific Drilling on Rifted Continental Margins. Geoscience Canada, v.28, no. 4, p.187-195.

Conference Papers

Lau, K.W.H., Nedimović, M.R. & Louden, K.E., 2018. Detailed Structure of a Magma-poor Continent-Ocean Transition Offshore Northeastern Nova Scotia based on an Along-strike Wide-angle Seismic Profile (OCTOPUS). Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference – Halifax, NS, Canada. Conjugate Margins Conference Abstracts 2018.

Lau, K.W.H., Nedimović, M.R. & Louden, K.E., 2017. A model of the continent-ocean transition across the NE Nova Scotian margin from coincident dense wide-angle refraction and long-streamer reflection profiles. Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference – Pernambuco, Brazil. Short Abstracts – Tectonics & Sedimentation

Wu, Y., Hannah, C.G., Lau, H., O'Flaherty-Sproul, M. & Wang, X, 2016. A Modelling Study of Influences of Wave-induced Stokes Drift on Trajectories of Oil Spills in Storm Conditions in Hecate Strait, Proceedings of the Thirty-ninth AMOP Technical Seminar, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa, ON, pp. 151‒166, 2016.

Lau, K.W.H., Watremez, L., Louden K., Nedimovic, M. & Karner, G., 2014. Orphan Basin crustal structure from a dense wide-angle seismic profile – layered modeling. EGU General Assembly 2014. Geophysical Research Abstracts, v.16, EGU2014-14521.

Lau, H., Watremez, L., Louden, K., Nedimovic, M., Welford, K. & Karner, G., 2012. New wide-angle seismic constraints across a magma-starved, hyper-extended North Atlantic rift basin – Orphan Basin. III Central North Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference - Dublin. Abstracts Vol. p.61-62

Lau, K.W.H., Louden, K.E., Nedimovic, M.R., Whitehead, M., Farkas, A., Watremez, L. & Dehler, S.A., 2011. Transition from magma dominant to magma poor rifting along the Nova Scotia Continental Margin. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Abstract T21A-2296.

Lau K.W.H., Louden, K.E., Wu, Y. & Nedimovic, M., 2011. Asymmetrical crustal structure across the non-volcanic Nova Scotia-Morocco continental margin conjugates.EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, v.13, EGU2011-3776.

Lau, K.W.H., Louden, K.E. & Nedimovic, M., 2010. Variations in crustal structure across the Nova Scotia continental margin and its conjugate. II Central North Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference - Lisbon. http://metododirecto.pt/CM2010, ISBN: 978-989-96923-1-2, v.8, p.142-146.

Lau, K.W.H., White, R.S. & Christie, P.A.F., 2009. Constraining basalt thickness and sub-basalt velocities by combined analysis of ocean-bottom seismic and streamer data. Faroe Islands Exploration Conference.

Lau, K.H. & Louden, K.E., 2007. Systematic patterns of asymmetric extension and breakup based on seismic models of the Iberia-Newfoundland and other North Atlantic non-volcanic conjugate margins. EGU General Assembly.

Louden, K., Lau, H., Funck, T. & Wu, Y., 2005. Large-scale structural variations across the eastern Canadian continental margins: documenting the rift-to-drift transition, in: Post, P.J., et al., eds., Petroleum Systems of Divergent Continental Margin Basins, GCSSEPM 25th Annual Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, p. 56-74, CD-ROM, ISSN 1544-2462.

Lau, K.H., Louden, K.E., Hall, J., Deemer, S., Tucholke, B.E., Holbrook, W.S., Larsen, H.C., Funck, T. & Hopper, J.R., 2004. The Seismic Characteristics of the Ocean-Continent Transition (OCT) Across the Eastern Grand Banks Margin. AGU Spring Meeting, Montreal, Canada. Abstracts 05/2004.

Lau, K.W.H., Louden, K.E., Funck, T., Hall, J., Deemer, S., Tucholke, B., Holbrook, W.S., Larsen, H.C. & Hopper, J., 2003. Seismic velocity structure across the Eastern Newfoundland (Grand Banks) and Iberia Abyssal Plain Continental Margin Conjugates. EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly, Nice, France.

Lau, K.W.H., Louden, K.E., Funck, T., Hall, J., Deemer, S., Tucholke, B., Holbrook, W.S., Larsen, H.C. & Hopper, J., 2003. Seismic velocity model across the eastern Newfoundland (Grand Banks) continental margin. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section 38th Annual Meeting, Halifax, NS. p.42-4.

Lau, H., Louden, K.E., Hall, J., Deemer, S., Tucholke, B., Holbrook, S., Hopper, J. & Funck, T., 2001. New seismic profiles across the Eastern Grand Banks and Newfoundland Basin: First results from the MARIPROBE Phase I Program. Geological Association of Canada/ Mineralogical Association of Canada, St. John's 2001 Meeting.

Louden, K.E., Tucholke, B., Lau, K.W.H., Hall, J., et al., 2000. Preliminary Results of a Seismic Survey Across the Eastern Newfounland Continental Margin (SCREECH Transect 3). American Geophysical Union 2000 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Awards and Scholarships


  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholar(3 yr; CAN$23600)
  • NSERC scholarship PGS A (2 yr; CAN$36400)
  • Chevron Canada Resources Outstanding Student Paper in Seismology Award, CGU-AGU Joint Assembly (US$500)
  • SEG Foundation Scholarship (4 yr; US$2500)
  • Society of Professional Well Log Analysts Scholarship (1 yr; CAN$1500)
  • Geological Association of Canada Student Prize (1 yr)
  • Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (4 yr; CAN$6000)


  • Dalhousie University Graduate Scholarship (3 yr, CAN$49500)
  • Roger H. Pemberton Geophysical Award, UWO, for the highest overall average (CAN$1000)
  • The Norman B. Keevil Award In Earth Sciences (2 yr; CAN$2500)
  • The Geophysics Scholarship of Excellence, UWO (3 yr; CAN$3750)
  • UWO In-course Scholarships-Year II (1 yr; CAN$700)
  • The Western Scholar Award (1 yr; CAN$500)