Tromp’s primary research areas are in Theoretical & Computational Seismology. Research topics include: surface waves, free oscillations, and body waves, seismic tomography, numerical simulations of 3-D wave propagation, and seismic hazard assessment. In collaboration with the late Princeton Geosciences faculty member Tony Dahlen he published the book, Theoretical Global Seismology.
Dahlen, F.A., and Tromp, J., 1998. Theoretical Global Seismology, 1025 pages, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Lee, S.-J., Chan, Y.-C., Komatitsch, D., Huang, B.S., and Tromp., J., 2009. Effects of realistic Surface topography on seismic ground motion in the Yangminshan region of Taiwan based Upon the spectral-element method and LiDAR DTM, Bull. Seism. Soc., 99, 681-693.
Morency, C., and Tromp., J., 2008. Spectral-element simulations of wave Propagation in porous media, Geophys. J. Int. 175, 301-345.