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

COMET scientists share drone expertise to help Guatemalans better prepare for volcanic eruptions

A team of including COMET scientists from the University of Bristol have returned from Guatemala where they have been teaching local scientists how to use drones to map the Fuego volcano which violently erupted earlier this year.


Italian earthquake data hint at possibility of forecasting one type of quake

The latest edition of Nature features work by led by Richard Walters of Durham University on how ‘sequence’ quakes are constrained by their geology, and the potential to forecast the large follow-up quakes.


COMET scientists recognised in a series of awards

Four COMET scientists have recently had their achievements recognised in a spate of awards and prizes!   Congratulations to Juliet Biggs (Philip Leverhulme Prize), Tamsin Mather (Rosalind Franklin Award), Philip England (AGU Walter H. Buchner Medal) and Marie Edmonds (Thermo-Fisher Scientific VMSG awardee).

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Juliet Biggs receives 2018 Philip Leverhulme Prize

Juliet Biggs is a 2018 Philip Leverhulme Prize Winner!  The award celebrates her outstanding, internationally-recognised research in volcanology.  Congratulations, Juliet from all your COMET colleagues.


Tamsin Mather delivers Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture

Watch Tamsin Mather deliver this year’s Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture, which celebrates her achievements in volcanology, and promotes women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.