Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics

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.

 

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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

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.


Latest News

New satellite maps out Napa Valley earthquake

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.

Weather Satellite to Detect Volcanic Eruption Hazards

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.

COMET Scientists Win Major NERC Grant to "Look Inside the Continents from Space"

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.

Lloyd's Science of Risk

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.