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 Webinar Announcement

Watch Juliet Biggs talk on what drives volcanic unrest? Insights from COMET responses to recent seismic crises around the world.

Tuesday 17th July  at 16.00 BST. Tune in using PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/799623787


RAS/COMET Discussion Meeting to celebrate the career of Professor Barry Parsons

Date: 13th – 14th September 2018

Location: Earth Sciences Department, University of Oxford

Registration deadline: 3rd September 2018

Registration website 


COMET webinar:

Watch Alex Copley’s webinar on earthquake and tectonic controls on our YouTube channel:


Turkish fault reveals seismic steadiness

New paper by Ekbal Hussain et al. on constancy of strain accumulation along the North Anatolian Fault out now in Nature Communications.  


COMET honoured by Royal Astronomical Society

The 2018 RAS Group Achievement Award in Geophysics acknowledges COMET’s success in using satellite and ground-based observations and geophysical modelling to study earthquakes, volcanoes and tectonics across the globe.