Recent News

Zhan and Shearer deep earthquake observations published in Science

IGPP Postdoc Zhongwen Zhan and Professor Peter Shearer, in collaboration with researchers at Caltech, have shared their recent observations on the high-rupture speeds of deep earthquakes in the July 11, 2014 issue of Science. Zhan and Shearer's discoveries, which provide new insight into both deep and near-surface earthquakes, came about as they researched the aftershocks of the M8.3 Sea of Okhotsk event of May 24, 2103.

Orcutt selected as inaugural editor for new AGU publication

IGPP is pleased to announce that John Orcutt has been selected to be the inaugural editor for AGU's newest open access journal: Earth and Space Science! Huge congrats John! Now begins the process of assembling the team so that submissions may be accepted late summer.

Staudigel's exploration of Antarctic underwater world featured in the San Diego Union Tribune

IGPP Researcher Hubert Staudigel and his colleagues have been exploring the most extreme environments of Antartica to research the microbes that thrive there to better understand the origins of life on Earth.  The team has both traversed the 12,448-foot  volcano Mt. Erubus as well as performed dry-suit dives beneath Antartica's glowing blue ice to study this remarkable ecosystem. For the full article, click here.

Bock's upgraded sensors provide warning time for seismic and weather events

IGPP's Yehuda Bock, director of California Spatial Reference Center, spoke to San Diego's Channel 10 News about the addition of "small, inexpensive seismic and meteorological sensors" to exisitng GPS sensors in San Diego and surrounding Southern California counties.  The sensors, which transmit data in real-time, can detect initial seismic waves.

"Based on that information, we can very quickly, within seconds, determine what the magnitude of the earthquake is going to be," said Bock.

These sensors will give the public and local safety agencies 30 seconds to two minutes warning time. For more information, click here.

Jean-Bernard Minster named AAAS Fellow

IGPP is thrilled to announce that Distinguished Professor of Geophysics Jean-Bernard Minster has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for distinguished contributions in the areas of plate motion, crustal deformation, and satellite geodesy, as well as for community leadership and teaching the next generation of geophysicists.” Minster will be inaugurated during a meeting in Chicago in February 2014. Minster is in good company at UCSD, where this year, there were five other recipeints of the honor: Congratulations Professor Minster! 

Yehuda Bock featured in Scientific American blog

The Earth's coordinates are not at all fixed and can be greatly altered by geologic activity. IGPP's Yehuda Bock, director of California Spatial Reference Center, helps Scientific American's George Musser better understand how to best track and update the Earth's geographic coordinates in "What Happens to Google Maps When Tectonic Plates Move?

IGPP Researchers co-author Nature article on the Chelyabinsk meteor

Michael Hedlin, Catherine deGroot-Hedlin, Luciana Astiz and Gabi Laske have co-authored—with a larger group of researchers from other institutions—the 6 November 2013 Nature article, "A 500-kiloton airburst over Chelyabinsk and an enhanced hazard from small impactors," on the Chelyabinsk meteor and the probability of large asteroid strikes. 


Professor Catherine Constable to receive 2013 William Gilbert Award

IGPP congratulates Professor of Geophysics Cathy Constable  for her receipt of the 2013 William Gilbert Award.  Per nominator, Rick Blakely, this award recognizes Constable for  "…her fundamental contributions to our understanding of secular variation of the geomagnetic field and exemplary service to the geomagnetism and paleomagnetism community."

The Gilbert Award recognizes excellence in scientific rigor, originality, and impact; leadership and service to the GP research community; and development of cross-disciplinary research areas and methods.

Yehuda Bock featured in "The Machine Shop of Science"

Yehuda Bock, director of IGPP's California Spatial Reference Center is among several Scripps researchers featured in the UT's article: The Machine Shop of Science.  Bock's seismic sensor and GPS sensor duo are designed to speed the relay of quake size and earth movement information.

IGPP Researchers Samer Naif, Kerry Key and Steve Constable Discover 'Lubricant' for Earth's Tectonic Plates

Hidden magma layer could play a role in earthquakes and other aspects shaping the geological face of the planet. Read their Nature paper "Melt-rich channel observed at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary" to learn more about their discovery. click here