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John Elliott awarded esteemed Royal Society University Research Fellowship

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Link confirmed between earthquakes and wastewater injection

New Science paper co-authored by Pablo González provides strong evidence of links between wastewater disposal and Texan earthquakes.

The team investigated injections from two pairs of wells that began injecting at approximately the same time, disposing of approximately the same amount of wastewater.


Apply now for the first COMET InSAR training workshop, aimed at postgraduate students  and postdoctoral researchers

Figure 1: Satellite radar interferogram of the 25 April 2015 Mw7.8 Nepal Earthquake. The coloured fringes represent contours of ground motion towards the satellite, at intervals of 8.5 cm. Image credit: Pablo Gonzalez, University of Leeds, EwF, LiCS; SAR data provided by the European Space Agency


Apennines Earthquake, Italy

COMET researchers are working on the the recent Mw 6.2 normal faulting earthquake which struck the Apennines region of Italy on Wednesday. Sentinel-1 data has been acquired over the region and will be used, along with other existing radar data, to help focus field investigations of the active faulting in the area between Amatrice and Norcia. The Sentinel-1 interferograms are available to download for the descending here and for the ascending (with more complete coverage) here as a kmz file overlay in GoogleEarth.

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Sentinel-1 interfergram of the ground deformation around Norcia and Amatrice due to the earthquake.
Sentinel-1 interferograms of the ground deformation around Norcia and Amatrice due to the earthquake.

Our research combines techniques such as Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) with 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.

Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics