Welcome to COMET

The Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) uses satellite measurements alongside ground-based observations and geophysical models to study earthquakes and volcanoes, and help understand the hazards they pose.

A national-scale community with considerable size and impact, COMET brings together world-leading scientists across the British Geological Survey (BGS) and 10 UK universities: Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Reading and UCL. We 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.

COMET at AGU Fall Meeting 2022

Follow COMET’s talks and posters at this year’s AGU Fall Meeting 12-16 December via Twitter or view the schedule here.


COMET Webinar Series 2022

View the COMET 2022 webinar presentations here.


InSAR Training Workshop 2022

COMET’s InSAR Training Workshop 2022, will be held both in-person and online at the University of Leeds from 16-18 November.

Either register your interest to attend in-person or register to attend online:

In-person: eventbrite.co.uk/e/comet-insar-

Online: eventbrite.co.uk/e/comet-insar-


2023 Bullerwell Lecturer Prize

COMET is pleased to announce, COMET associate, Dr Zoe Mildon  from University of Plymouth, has been awarded the Bullerwell Lecturer 2023 prize.

Zoe Mildon: Bullerwell Lecturer 2023 – Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (nerc.ac.uk)


Dr Susanna Ebmeier awarded 2022 AGU John Wahr Early Career Award

COMET is pleased to announce Dr Susanna Ebmeier is the latest  recipient of the 2022 John Wahr Early Career Award in the Geodesy section.

Dr Susanna Ebmeier awarded 2022 AGU John Wahr Early Career Award – Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (nerc.ac.uk)


COMET Webinar 2022

View the webinar schedule for over the coming months:

COMET Webinar Series – Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (nerc.ac.uk)

Date: Wednesday 24th August 4pm UK / 5pm CEST / 8am PDT

Speakers: CH Wendy Tsai (University of Oxford) & Aisling O’Kane (University of Cambridge)

Please register: 

https://universityofleeds.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Fo8NgKmBQ9W8ryWv-rHGcQ


COMET Research Internships

Are you a student wanting to gain experience of undertaking scientific research and a flavour of what PhD study is like?

COMET are offering two students an exciting six-week research internship during summer 2022.

Apply and see more details here: https://comet.nerc.ac.uk/comet-vacancies/


COMET Webinar 2022

View the webinar schedule for over the coming months:

COMET Webinar Series – Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (nerc.ac.uk)

Date: Wednesday 22nd June 4pm UK / 5pm CEST / 8am PDT

Speaker: Qi Ou (University of Leeds)

Title: Large-scale strain mapping over the northeast Tibetan Plateau

Please register: 

https://universityofleeds.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SvE0Bwr3TRWv4C0ZWk1I7g


Professor Tamsin Mather and Professor Marie Edmonds receive the honorary title of Geochemistry Fellow

Professor Tamsin Mather (left) and Professor Marie Edmonds (right)

2022 Program of Online Lectures on Earthquakes and Earthquake Hazards in Central Asia

Date: Monday 28th February 2022

Speaker: Victoria Stevens from the Earth Observatory of Singapore

Title: The Relationship between Strain Rate and Seismicity in the India-Asia Collision Zone: Implications for Probabilistic Seismic Hazard.

The webinar is open for everyone interested and will be held via zoom (https://uni-jena-de.zoom.us/j/8941887790
Meeting-ID: 894 188 7790; Password: EQAsia).

COMET Postdoc Opportunity – Bristol

COMET is looking for a new postdoctoral researcher to work on volcano InSAR in Bristol. Closing date for applications is 6th March, start date is flexible!

COMET Webinars 2022

View the webinar schedule for over the coming months:

COMET Webinar Series – Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (nerc.ac.uk)

Date: Wednesday 23rd Feb 4pm UK / 5pm CET / 8am PST

Student Webinar: Sophie Miocevich (Uni. Cambridge) & Dan Gittins (Uni. Oxford)

Titles: Testing the importance of sagduction:  Insights from the structure and petrology of the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, northwest Scotland & Characterizing the along-strike length of creep events along the San Andreas Fault.

Register: Webinar Registration – Zoom


PhD Opportunities

View the latest COMET PhD opportunities here:

COMET PhD Opportunities – Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (nerc.ac.uk)


Watch the latest COMET webinar

Dr Luke Wedmore (University of Bristol) presented a webinar on Wednesday the 19th January 2022 about:

East African seismic hazard: continental rifting of thick lithosphere


Thinking of applying for a PhD?

Watch a webinars supported by COMET, where SENSE CDT and their panelists discuss how to apply for PhDs:

25th November 2021: Support for PhD applications


Dr Tim Craig, COMET Scientist, winner of the 2022 EGU Geodynamics Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award


Professor Greg Houseman, COMET Emeritus Scientist, elected a Fellow of The Royal Society


The Global Waveform Catalogue

The Global Waveform Catalogue hosted by COMET is now available and fully interactive.


Watch the latest COMET webinar

Dr Isabelle Taylor gives a COMET webinar:

Measurements of volcanic plumes with the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI)


 Watch the latest COMET+ webinar

Prof Endra Gunawan gives a COMET+ webinar:

Present-day crustal deformation of Java, Indonesia using GPS data

 

The COMET+ webinar series aims to promote research collaborators of COMET scientists, particularly early-career researchers and those from under-represented groups. The goal is to provide a platform for these researchers to showcase their work to large and international audiences, opening doors to broader collaborative networks and enhancing the community’s diversity of backgrounds and ideas.

 


 COMET Director’s public lecture 

COMET Director Professor Tim Wright presented a free public lecture, ‘Monitoring our hazardous planet from space’, as part of the Royal Astronomical Society’s Bicentenary celebrations on 25th September 2020. Watch (or rewatch!) the lecture on YouTube: