Recent News

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

Zhitu Ma wins GJI best student paper in 2014

Congratulations to graduate student Zhitu Ma for winning the Geophysical Journal International prize for best student paper in 2014.

Science publishes Paolo and Fricker's 18-year study of changing Antarctic ice sheet shelves

The findings of a recent study on Antarctic ice sheet thinning by IGPP geophysicists, Fernando Paolo and Helen Fricker, have been published in the March 26, 2015 issue of Science. Ph.D. student Paolo, glaciologist Fricker, and Laurie Padman, of Earth & Space Research Space Agency, reviewed 18 years of imagery gathered during European Space Agency satellite radar altimetry missions to conduct their research.

GISMOS Gathers Detailed Pre-storm Data

Track GISMOS (GNSS [Global Navigation Satellite System] Instrument System for Multistatic and Occultation Sensing) as it gathers onshore moisture feeding data (for the 3-4 days of heavy rain forecasted in Northern California). GISMOS is gathering data from its perch aboard the NOAA G-IV aircraft during the NOAA CALWATER2015 Atmospheric Rivers campaign.

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: