The Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET+) represents the Dynamic Earth and Geohazards research group within the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). NCEO is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
COMET+ involves scientists from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Bristol, University oSf Glasgow, University of Reading, and University College London. We aim to combine satellite observations of Earth's surface movements, topography and gas release with terrestrial observations and modelling to advance understanding of the earthquake cycle, continental deformation and volcanic eruptions, and to quantify seismic and volcanic hazards.
Austin Elliott joins COMET (Oxford) from UC Davis
A warm welcome is given to Austin Elliott who has just arrived in Oxford to take up a postdoctoral position in remote sensing and field investigations of active faulting and past earthquakes with Dr Richard Walker & Prof Barry Parsons. Austin is well known for his AGU blog Trembling Earth in which he covers the latest earthquakes. He was previously a PhD student at UC Davis in Earth & Planetary Sciences.
Space Stupids: Human Performance in Zero Gravity - full article
COMET PhD student David Bekaert recently took a break from his work on Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) to take to the skies and investigate why astronauts get the "space stupids". Image credit: ESA
New satellite maps out Napa Valley earthquake - full article
COMET Scientists have used a new Earth-observation satellite called Sentinel-1A to map the ground movements caused by the earthquake that shook up California’s wine-producing Napa Valley on 24 August 2014.
Download the interferometric results from: insarap.org
Sentinel-1A interferogram of the ground deformation due to the August 24th earthquake, Napa, California. The surface fault rupture (mapped in the field by UC Davis scientists) is shown by the white line. Copyright: Copernicus data (2014)/ESA/PPO.labs-Norut–COMET-SEOM Insarap study.
03.09.2014 The team have used new Earth-observation satellite called Sentinel-1A to map the ground movements caused by the earthquake that shook up California’s wine-producing Napa Valley on 24 August 2014.
20.06.2013 The team have used the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI, on board the Metop weather satellite) to detect and correlate the ash and sulphur-dioxide (SO2) from volcanic eruptions.
20.06.13The team will use the imminent launch of the Sentinel-1 radar satellite to revolutionize our knowledge of how continents deform, how strain accumulates during the earthquake cycle, and how seismic hazard is distributed.
29.11.2012 John Elliott was awarded the runner up prize in the Natural Hazards category of the Lloyd's Research Prize for the Science of Risk by the CEO of Lloyd's Richard Ward.