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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

Prof. Cathy Constable Appointed Interim SIO Director

IGPP's Professor Catherine Constable will serve as the Acting Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences effective Oct. 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Scripps Director Tony Haymet is taking a sabbatical and will continue his research program, accept an excellence award as Visiting Professor of the Petersen Foundation in Kiel, Germany, and chair the World Economic Forum's Ocean Council.

IGPP Researchers Pinpoint Hot Spots as Earthquake Trigger Points

Professors Kevin Brown and Yuri Fialko describe new information gleaned from laboratory experiments mimicking earthquake processes. The researchers discovered how fault zones weaken in select locations shortly after a fault reaches an earthquake tipping point.

The details of the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, were published in the September 30 issue of the journal Nature.

IGPP Researchers ID Unique Geological 'Sombrero' Uplift in South America

A study led by Professor Yuri Fialko of Scripps and Postdoctoral Scholar Jill Pearse has revealed that magma is forming a big blob in the middle of the crust beneath the Altiplano-Puna plateau in South America, pushing up the earth's surface across an area 100 kilometers (62 miles) wide, while the surrounding area sinks, leading to a unique geological phenomenon in the shape of a Mexican hat that the researchers have described as the "sombrero uplift."

John Orcutt, panel, brief Congress on tsunami preparedness

John Orcutt, IGPP Distinguished Professor of Geophysics, and fellow panel members Eddie Bernard (NOAA/PMEL) and John Schelling (Washington State Emergency Management Division), presented "Tsunami Preparedness: Understanding our Nation's Risk and Response" to members of Congress, at the Rayburn House Office Building, in Washington, DC, on 21 March 2012.

IGPP team is granted $1.02 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a deep-ocean seismic system.

PI Jonathan Berger and co-principal investigators John Orcutt, Gabrielle Laske and Jeffrey Babcock will develop a potentially transformative system for deploying seafloor seismometers and relaying their data in near real-time for applications ranging from earthquake monitoring and deep Earth structure and dynamics to tsunami warning systems. Read the full story here.