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 has been awarded £950,000 by NERC to deliver cutting-edge research on earthquakes and volcanoes and to continue the development of hazard monitoring services.

NERC has officially announced the new funding for COMET on Wednesday 29 May.  This will enable ambitious, large-scale science which helps us to understand global change and natural disasters over the next two years.

You can read more about the award, and National Capability, on the NERC website.


Can AI and satellites help predict volcanic eruptions?

A recent Nature article describes how COMET scientists Andy Hooper and Juliet Biggs are combining satellite measurements with artificial intelligence to more accurately monitor — and eventually predict — volcanic eruptions.

View of Mount Agung erupting in the afternoon.
Credit: Donal Husni/Zuma

Satellite images reveal interconnected plumbing system that caused Bali volcano to erupt


Marek Ziebart wins Tycho Brahe Award from the US Institute of Navigation


Watch Tim Wright give the RAS Group Award Lecture on behalf of COMET