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About Us

We investigate deformation of the Earth's crust due to earthquakes and volcanoes.

Measuring deformation that occurs between earthquakes constrains how much elastic strain accumulates in the crust and helps constrain future earthquake hazard.   Similarly, accumulation of magma in crustal reservoirs causes the earth's surface to swell, critical information for forecasting eruptions.  In both volcanic and tectonic environments we combine measurements with physics-based models of the relevant processes to better understand these systems.


We are investigating the physics of injection-induced seismicity including full poroelastic coupling of stress and pore pressure, and time-dependent earthquake nucleation.

We are working to unify physical-chemical models of erupting volcanoes with resulting deformation, that can be measured with GPS, InSAR, tiltmeters and other instruments.

GPS time series in northeast Japan exhibit nonlinear trends from 1996 to 2011 before the Mw 9.0, 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake.

One of the most exciting discoveries in recent decades has been the recognition that many subduction zones undergo transient slip events at depths below the locked mega-thrust zone.

GPS position measurements are widely used for studying various geophysical phenomena  including plate movement, strain accumulation, volcanic deformation, post-glacial rebound, subsidence,  and sea-level change.  Understanding the accuracy of GPS data is therefore paramount. 

Recent Publications

Wong Y.Q., P. Segall, A. Bradley, and K. Anderson (2017), Constraining the magmatic system at Mount St. Helens (2004-2008) using Bayesian inversion with physics-based models including gas escape and crystallization, J. Geophys. Res., 122, doi:10.1002/2017JB014343.

Mavrommatis, A. P., Segall, P., & Johnson, K. M. (2017). A physical model for interseismic erosion of locked fault asperities. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122.

Lucile Bruhat, Paul Segall; Deformation rates in northern Cascadia consistent with slow updip propagation of deep interseismic creep, Geophysical Journal International, Volume 211, Issue 1, 1 October 2017, Pages 427–449, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggx317

Maurer, J., P. Segall, and A. M. Bradley (2017), Bounding the moment deficit rate on crustal faults using geodetic data: Methods, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JB014300

Chang, K.W. & Segall, Reduction of Injection-Induced Pore-Pressure and Stress in Basement Rocks Due to Basal Sealing Layers, P. Pure Appl. Geophys. (2017). doi:10.1007/s00024-017-1567-1