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
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.
Large-scale computational facilities are aiding the integration of modeling approaches
in geodynamics, earthquake physics and ground motion simulation. Investigating faulting
phenomena at multi-scale lengths is a unifying theme.