In the news

COMET has a significant presence in the media, whether it’s expertise provided by our scientists or news about COMET itself.  You can read a selection of recent media coverage below.


Earthquake mapping using EDGE computing (BBC 04.08.2020) Professor Tim Wright (COMET Director) appears on BBC Digital World in a segment about earthquake mapping with localised EDGE computing. The piece starts at approximately 19 minutes, and Professor Wright appears at around 23 minutes.


COMET comments on earthquake models of California (National Geographic 13.07.2020) COMET scientist Pablo Gonzalez (University of Liverpool) highlights the “simplifying assumptions” that all models make about our “astoundingly complex planet”.


COMET scientist involved in pioneer project to protect Nepal’s future generations from earthquakes  (University of Bristol, 08.07.2020) COMET scientist Max Werner (University of Bristol) is co-investigator on the SAFER Nepal Project, the aims of which are described in this article.


COMET comments on Iceye’s small radar satellites and InSar (BBC 07.05.20) Professor Tim Wright (COMET Director) is quoted in a BBC article about Iceye’s microsatellites and their ability to provide InSar data.


How researchers can use satellite data to predict volcanic eruptions (Analytics India Magazine 13.12.2019) Article on the 2019 JGR Solid Earth research paper ‘Using Machine Learning to Automatically Detect Volcanic Unrest in a Time Series of Interferograms’ by COMET researchers.

Volcano cliffs can affect monitoring data (Science Daily 21.03.2019) Juliet Biggs, co-author, comments on new research that reveals that sharp variations of the surface of volcanoes can affect data collected by monitoring equipment. Also on University of Bristol

Copernicus Sentinel-1 reveals shared plumbing led to Agung awakening  ( 14.02.2019) Research published in Nature by COMET researchers Dr Fabien Albino and Professor Juliet Biggs at the University of Bristol was covered by a number of media sources, such as The Express, Science Daily and

How AI can help predict volcanic eruptions (Science 11.12.2018) Andy Hooper explains how artificial intelligence can help to detect volcano deformation patterns in millions of pieces of data.


Research into deadly 2016 Italian earthquakes could improve future seismic forecasts ( 23.08.18) Work by Richard Walters and Laura Gregory has shown that the clustering of the three 2016 Italian quakes might have been caused by a cross-cutting network of underground faults.

Turkish fault reveals seismic steadiness (JPL Space in Images 12.04.18) Ekbal Hussain’s work on the North Anatolian Fault in Turkey shows that tectonic strain builds up along this fault — one of the worlds most deadly earthquake zones — at a remarkably steady rate.

What volcanic plumes reveal about our planet (BBC R4 The Life Scientific 30.05.17)  Tamsin Mather explains how her work is helping to not only predict when a volcano may erupt, but to understand how volcanoes shape our planet both now and over geological time.

Sentinel satellites to monitor every volcano (BBC science website 19.04.17) Juliet Biggs and Andy Hooper explain how the Sentinel constellation will routinely map the planet’s surface, looking for signs that might hint at a future eruption.


The rapidly populating coastal region from the Gulf to Pakistan faces a huge tsunami risk (The Conversation 05.04.17) Camilla Penney explains how a 1,000 km long fault at the northern end of the Arabian Sea may pose a tsunami threat.


Kaikoura: Most complex quake ever studied (BBC science website 23.03.17) Tim Wright explains the mechanics behind this event which has prompted a rethink about how earthquakes are expected to behave in high-risk regions such as New Zealand.