Researching hidden hazards and more.
CERI - a geophysics research center with active projects in different parts of the world, several centering on causes and consequences of earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone (located in proximity to Memphis), and monitored by our seismic and GPS networks. Our research interests cover the spectrum of seismology and geodesy. And our interaction with affiliated academic departments enhances and facilitates our research in tectonics and engineering seismology.
Aided by excellent computational facilities and exploration software, the broad spectrum of seismology is researched. Study covers aspects of applied, observational, and theoretical seismology.
Active, present-day deformations, as well as long-term behaviors of the Earth's crust and lithosphere are studied using numerical simulations constrained by geological, seismological and geodetic observations.
Advanced numerical models are being used to study problems at the intersection of physics, geophysics, seismology, and materials science.
Traditional and high-rate GPS geodetic data and seismology is used to measure motions associated with earthquakes, intra- and inter-plate deformations in the earthquake cycle, and its integration into orogeny, postseismic deformation, plate tectonics, and crustal/isostatic responses to variations in crustal loading.
Investigating ground motions in large earthquakes and their effects on the built environment through an integrated approach using knowledge from seismology and civil engineering.
Active/passive source studies range from investigation of near-surface geological features to large-scale, continental lithosphere structure.