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.

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?

Join two live webinars, supported by COMET, where SENSE CDT and their panelists will discuss how to apply for PhDs and how doing a PhD can help you in a multitude of different careers:

25th November 2021, 2pm UK: Support for PhD applications

2nd December 2021, 2pm UK: How can a PhD help my career?

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: