Earthquakes — like lightning — strike unpredictably. The Earth’s tectonic plates, however, hide subtle warnings that a major fault may soon break. Like forecasting a thunderstorm, knowing how to read the warnings could help communities protect lives, infrastructure and local economies. For decades, scientists have struggled to reliably give forecasts for major earthquake hotspots, but… Continue Reading Earthquake Forecasts Move a Step Closer to Reality
Rob Porritt, a UTIG postdoc, along with three UT Geology undergraduate students traveled to the Mojave desert in California in May to deploy 19 broadband seismic sensors. All were successfully placed over the course of six arduous days in the desert. “This was by far the hardest deployment I’ve ever done,” said Rob. “We stressed… Continue Reading From the Field: Installing Seismic Sensors in the Mojave Desert
Ph.D. candidate Gail Muldoon tells the story of how a phone call brought her to Texas and eventually Antarctica.
Continue Reading Changing Fields: From the Stars to Antarctica
University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) glaciologist Joe MacGregor led a recent study that has produced the first comprehensive map of layers inside the Greenland Ice Sheet. Built with data from NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier air-based campaigns that used ice-penetrating radar technology, the new map will help scientists determine the age of large… Continue Reading UTIG Glaciologist Leads Study Of Greenland Ice Sheet Layers
GeoForce Texas stands out among educational outreach programs at the University of Texas at Austin. A new article by Nicholas Persac for Know, an online publication of University Communications at UT Austin, confirms that fact in listing GeoForce Texas as one of “Five UT Programs Changing Education.” A program of the Jackson School of Geosciences,… Continue Reading GeoForce Texas Featured in Web Article