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.'”
Friday, Jan. 24
Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC)
Contact Sherri Honza at 254-710-1271 for more information.