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Active tectonics and geomorphology

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I’ll give an overview of the techniques we have developed in my group over the last decade, as well as applications of these techniques to investigate various geological problems. I’ll discuss more particularly progress made in the study of active faults (my core research). I will also discuss applications of our techniques to study geomorphic processes such as sand dune migration on Mars.

Dr. Jean-Philippe Avouac received his BS in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (France) in 1987 and his PhD in Earth Sciences at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France) in 1991. He then took a position at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique where he created and lead the Laboratoire de Télédétection et Risque Sismique. Dr Avouac joined the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech as a full Professor in 2003. Dr. Avouac became the Earle C. Anthony Professor of Geology in 2012. He was the director of the Tectonics Observatory from 2004 to 2014. He has been elected to the BP-McKenzie Chair of Earth Sciences at the university of Cambridge (UK) in 2014. Dr. Avouac research aims primarily at a better understanding of the mechanisms governing crustal deformation, seismicity and changes to the Earth’s surface. He resorts to physical dynamic modeling, geological observation and geophysical data analysis. He has contributed to method developments in geodesy, morphotectonics and remote sensing. Dr. Avouac has received several awards and honors, among them: the Humboldt senior scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Wolfson award from the Royal Society; the E. A. Flinn Award of the International Lithosphere Program. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

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