Recent News

Sandwell and Garcia satellite altimetry-based marine gravity featured in Science

Congratulations to David Sandwell and Soli Garcia. Their paper "New global marine gravity model from CryoSat-2 and Jason-1 reveals buried tectonic structure" will appear in the October 3, 2014 issue of Science! See:

Agnew and Borsa research featured in Science!

Duncan Agnew and Adrian Borsa's research on drought-related western uplift is featured in the September 26, 2014 issue of Science! See:

Adrian Borsa on KPBS Midday Edition

IGPP researcher Adrian Borsa appeared on KPBS's Midday Edition August 25 to discuss drought-related uplift in the western U.S. with USGS's Randy Hanson and KPBS's Amita Sharma. The full video may be viewed here.

In Memory of J. Freeman Gilbert, 1931-2014

Friends and colleagues of J. Freeman Gilbert are encouraged to write to to share their fond memories and condolences. The obituary of IGPP's second director, J. Freeman Gilbert may be read here.

IGPP Mourns former Director J. Freeman Gilbert

IGPP is very sad to report the loss J. Freeman Gilbert, former Director and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of geophysics who died on Aug.15th.

During his 53 years with IGPP, Freeman was beloved by a long list of colleagues and former students who he has mentored throughout his long and illustrious career. He was the first faculty member hired at IGPP and its second Director. His seminal work on observing and interpreting the frequencies of the normal modes of oscillation of Earth led him to create the IDA (International Deployment of Accelerometers) project, and he was instrumental in creating the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) in 1984 at a workshop held at Scripps. His awards and honors included AGU’s William Bowie Medal, the organization’s highest honor, which recognizes outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research; membership in the National Academy of Sciences; membership in the Italian Accademia dei Lincei; and the Balzan Prize.

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!