2014 CASPER Seminar Series with Dr. Jay Pulliam, Department of Geology

DateJanuary 24, 2014
Time2:30 - 3:30 pm
LocationBRIC Room 3160

The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) presents a lecture by Dr. Jay Pulliam, the W.M. Keck Professor of Geophysics in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences.

Seafloor Seismology: Research and Technology Needs for Studies of the Solid Earth

"Studies of Earth’s structure and tectonic processes are hampered by a dearth of instruments that can be deployed on the seafloor. Since more than 75% of the planet is covered by water, and important structures, such as mid-ocean spreading centers and subduction zones reside in and beneath oceans, such limitations impede our understanding of the Earth as a whole.

"Fortunately, modern technology has resolved some previous shortcomings, such as a lack of stable clocks and batteries for long-term operation of autonomous seismic recorders, so a frontier of Earth science is about to open to prospectors. I will review the research needs that can only be satisfied by 'campaign-style' expeditions in the ocean basins or permanent seafloor observatories and show recent results obtained with autonomous 'ocean bottom seismographs.'"

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PublisherCenter for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER)
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