Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute to lead four-year project to revolutionize seismology

A project to unite seismic data analysis and modeling with supercomputing power may help answer some of the biggest questions about the Earth’s seismic activity.

A University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute researcher will lead the four-year, multi-institution project. The Seismic Computational Platform for Empowering Discovery, or SCOPED (@seis_scoped), project involves five universities: UAF, University of Washington, Columbia University, University of Texas and the Colorado School of Mines.

UAF associate professor of geophysics Carl Tape is the principal investigator on the $3.2 million project, funded through the National Science Foundation’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

“Certain problems in seismology, such as imaging the Earth’s interior, depend on having a large amount of data from recording seismic waves at the surface,” said Tape, who is also affiliated with the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics. “In order to make use of the data, we have to be able to correctly understand and model it.”

Full Announcement from the Geophysical Institute