Recent News

IGPP's Fricker, Siegfried, team discover varied, high-rate melt along Ross Ice Shelf

AGU's Geophysical Research Letters has published "High basal melting forming a channel at the grounding line of Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica," co-authored by IGPP glaciologists Helen Amanda Fricker and Matt Siegfried. The team, led by Oliver Marsh, University of Canterbury, spent six weeks collecting radar data to map ice melt along the Ross Ice Shelf. The study discovered melt rates vary along the shelf, but that the speed of melt (up to 25 times higher than expected) in some locations may hamper the Ross Ice Shelf's sustainability.

ANZA Network receives critical operational funding

Earlier today, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director Margret Lenien,  Seismic Warning Systems CEO, George Dickson, County Supervisor, Greg Cox and IGPP Research Scientist—and lead researcher for the ANZA network—Frank Vernon, were pleased to announce that a financial donation by Seismic Warning Systems (SWS) will keep the ANZA Seismic Network, and its 28 monitoring stations along the San Jacinto Fault, operating through 2020.  The state-of-the-art network, which has monitored Southern California’s most active fault since 1982, was at risk of being shut down when government funding cu

STEAM/STEM class co-created by IGPP researcher Kilb a hit

Gompers students brought their aluminum foil, whipped cream, and pie tins to the Elementary Institute of Science to learn "How to Make a Disaster Movie Based on Real Science!"

Several IGPP researchers and alumni contributors to Science feature about the Gorkha EQ

Congratulations to IGPP's Yehuda Bock, Xiaohua Xu, Jianghui Geng, and Eric Lindsey as well as IGPP alum's Diego Melgar and Genrich, whose paper, with 25 additional collaborators, "Slip pulse and resonance of the Kathmandu basin during the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal" appeared in today's Science magazine.

Walter Munk, "Einstein of the Oceans," featured in the NY Times

The tremendous career and unabating curiosity of IGPP's Walter Munk, "Einstein of the Oceans," featured in the New York Times.

Key Deploys Sensor Array to Study and Visualize Okmok's Magma

Earlier this summer IGPP Associate Professor Kerry Key, in collaboration with USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory, and University of Wisconsin Madison colleagues, traveled to Umnak Island to commence study of the magma—how it’s formed, where it’s stored—beneath Okmok Volcano.

Pommier's Lithosphere–Asthenosphere Boundary research featured in Nature

Congratulations to Anne Pommier, whose paper "Experimental constraints on the electrical anisotropy of the lithosphere–asthenosphere system," appears in the 11 June 2015 issue of Nature

DEEP Game to be featured at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The SIO GAMES Deep-sea Extreme Environment Pilot (DEEP) XBOX game will be showcased at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC during World Ocean Day 2015. SIO GAMES' East coast collaborator, Leslie Smith from Dive Into the Ocean, Inc., will be presenting DEEP. Learn more here:

GAMES group sharing robotics and video game programming to San Diego's underserved students

In an effort to make STEAM curriculum available to students of San Diego county, IGPP's GAMES group Deborah Kilb

Line of Sight Deformation from Mw 7.8 Gorkha EQ

By processing satellite radar imagery collected before and after the the Mw 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, IGPP’s Eric Lindsey, Xiaohua Xu, and David Sandwell have been able to successfully produce line of sight deformation data for the region.  Imagery and information, about the satellites used, are available at