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GEOL 5320 Dynamic Earth I

Spring 2013: MWF 2-2:50 PM Fondren 157

Overview: Development of the theory of plate tectonics as a unifying mechanism for understanding large-scale geologic processes.  Physical and chemical structure of the earth and its evolution through geologic time. Dynamic processes in the core, mantle and crust. Contemporary applications of geological and geophysical techniques.

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GEOL 6380 Geophysical Inverse Theory

Fall 2012: MW 9:30-10:50 AM Heroy 204, Conference Room

Overview: Quantification is one of the hardest problems in the Earth Sciences but is the corner stone for developing and examining scientific hypotheses.  This course will provide an advanced undergraduate student or first year graduate student the mathematical foundations of linear algebra, vector spaces and generalized inverse theory, with an introduction to statistics.  Example problems in the Earth Sciences will be incorporated in class projects showing how to set up a parameter-estimation problem and appropriate ways of solving them.  The MATLAB programming language will be used for solving homework problems and project development.  Class grades will be based on tests, homework assignments, and the final project with class presentation.

Taught at CERI, University of Memphis

ESCI 7603 Inverse Methods in Geophysics

Fall 2011: MWF 10:20-11:15 AM CERI House 3 Conference Room

Overview: Quantification is one of the hardest problems in the Earth Sciences but is the corner stone for developing and examining scientific hypotheses.  This course will provide an advanced undergraduate student or first year graduate student the mathematical foundations of linear algebra, vector spaces and generalized inverse theory, with an introduction to statistics.  Example problems in the Earth Sciences will be incorporated in class projects showing how to set up a parameter-estimation problem and appropriate ways of solving them.  The MATLAB programming language will be used for solving homework problems and project development.  Class grades will be based on tests, homework assignments, and the final project with class presentation

Antelope: Love it or hate it, here is how to use it

Fall 2011: Tuesday 1:00-2:30 PM CERI Mac Lab

The Antelope database system has multiple applications in seismology and is the prefer method for many standard IRIS-related tasks.  Topics covered in this short-course will include 1) overview of real-time and non-real-time applications of Antelope; 2) creating metadata tables; 3) merging field data into a waveform database; 4) archiving data with the IRIS Data Management Center; 5) using Antelope software to detect arrivals and associate with earthquakes; 6) analyzing local earthquake waveforms, relocating earthquakes, and cross-correlating waveforms in Antelope; and 7) writing Matlab scripts to work with Antelope databases.  The computer scripting language Perl will also be covered as needed.  We may also play with integrating temporary networks with the Transportable Array near real-time data if time allows.

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ESCI 7205 Data Analysis in Geophysics

Fall 2010: MWF 9:10-10:05 AM CERI House 3 Conference Room or Unix Lab

Overview: The course provides an overview of computational techniques and common tools used by geoscientists. Homework assignments are designed so that students can acquire a working knowledge of a wide range of scientific programming and scripting languages.  Emphasis is placed on manipulation and analysis of geophysical data in a Unix/Linux environment. Topics covered include working within the Unix/Linux environment; programming in MATLAB; scripting (sh and csh); generating publishable graphics with Generic Mapping Tools (GMT); and Seismic Analysis Code.

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ESCI 7702 Seminar in Seismology-The Seismogenic Zone of Subduction Thrust Fault

Spring 2008: Tues,Thurs 1:00-2:25 House 3 Conference Room

Overview: Underthrusting earthquake occurring along subduction megathrusts account for greater than 80% of the seismic moment released worldwide.  Great (Mw>8), large (Mw>7), and tsunamigenic earthquakes at convergent margins, such as the recent 2004 Sumatra earthquake, cause much damage and loss of life along heavily populated coastal zones. Understanding how and where these seismogenic zone earthquakes occur is a major focus of the international scientific community.  This seminar will focus on the range of compositional, mechanical, hydrothermal, and frictional properties controlling seismogenesis along the subduction thrust.  Readings will include seminal and recent papers on rate-and-state friction laws, accretionary versus erosional margins, thermal modeling, geodetic and seismic modeling, tsunami modeling, observations of tremor and aseismic slip, the role of the upper and lower plate, and the use of proxy data to constrain hazard.  


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