Welcome to COMET

The Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) is a NERC Centre of Excellence that uses satellite measurements alongside ground-based observations and geophysical models to study earthquakes and volcanoes, and help understand the hazards they pose.

Since April 2014, we have been working in partnership with the British Geological Survey (BGS) to deliver cutting-edge research on earthquakes and volcanoes as well as hazard monitoring services. We also work closely with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and European Space Agency (ESA), as well as many other national and international partners.

Latest News

Mw 7.3 Iran-Iraq earthquake

The first Sentinel-1 interferogram (6 day 20171111-20171117) covering the Mw 7.3 Iran-Iraq earthquake from the 12th November is available to download for viewing as a kmz in GoogleEarth from here. Note that the fringes are wrapped to 2.8 cm displacement in the line-of-sight. Interferogram contains derived works of ESA EU-Copernicus data.

Sentinel-1 Interferogram 20171111-20171117 of the ground displacement associated with this earthquake (image shows wrapped data with 2.8 cm line-of-sight displacement contours). Click to enlarge figure.

Monitoring our dynamic planet using satellite geodesy

Watch Tim Wright’s public lecture at the Royal Astronomical Society on 13 October 2017.

Juliet Biggs receives 2017 AGU Geodesy Section Award

Juliet Biggs, recipient of the 2017 Geodesy Section Award.

Researchers track sneaky Eastern Rift emissions


Watch the first COMET webinar on youtube now!