John Vidale speaks about four large Pacific Rim earthquakes in two days
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"For Washington State's Seismologist, Dr. John Vidale, Wednesday was one of those rare days when it didn't seem to end.
First, there was the major quake in Indonesia which took up most of the morning, and by afternoon, the earth was moving off the coast of Oregon, about the same time another temblor hit Mexico.
None of the earthquakes caused widespread damage or injuries. But three large shakers in such a short time begs the question: what is going on with the earth?"
You can watch the interview at king5.com.
Read more of Prof. Vidale's take on the events at LiveScience.
ESS doctoral work of Sanjoy Som published in Nature
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The analysis of 2.7-billion-year old fossil raindrop imprints done as part of the ESS doctoral work of Sanjoy Som was recently published in Nature.
This work has quantitatively constrained ancient atmospheric density using direct physical
geology for the first time. The work also involved UW faculty (Roger Buick and David Catling).
Also see the UW press release and NPR's take on it: "Raindrops In Rock: Clues To A Perplexing Paradox".
Louis Agassiz Medal 2012 awarded to Ian Joughin
Monday, November 14, 2011
Many congratulations to Ian Joughin, winner of the 2012 Louis Agassiz Medal!
Original Message from Hilmar Gudmundsson:
"It gives be great pleasure to be able to announce that the Louis Agassiz Medal 2012 is awarded to Ian Joughin.
This medal was established in 2005 by the Division on Cryospheric Sciences of EGU iin recognition of the scientific achievements of Louis Agassiz. It is reserved for individuals in recognition of their outstanding scientific contribution to the study of the cryosphere on Earth or elsewhere in the
The Louis Agassiz Medal is awarded to Ian Joughin for outstanding contributions to the study of the dynamics and mass balance of polar ice sheets using differential SAR interferometry and other techniques that he has helped to pioneer.
President of the EGU Division on Cryospheric Sciences"
Prof. John Vidale comments in Nature regarding New Madrid seismic zone
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Follow the link below to read Prof. Vidale's comments on one hypothesis regarding the danger of the New Madrid siesmic zone.
Lightning detection could confirm volcano eruptions (WWLLN)
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Anchorage Daily News reports on WWLLN's lightning detection as a means of detecting volcanos (with comments from Prof. Robert Holzworth):
"Lightning flashes through a cloud of ash pouring out of a remote Alaska volcano. A radio signal from the electrical discharge travels thousands of miles in milliseconds and gets picked up by dozens of antennas. A computer sends an alert to volcano researchers.
The volcanologists warn pilots, and a plane traveling from Anchorage to Asia -- with engines that will be choked out by the ash -- steers clear of the dangerous plume. It's a disaster averted.
At least, that's the theory, said Stephen McNutt, a research professor with the Alaska Volcano Observatory and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Enter the World Wide Lightning Location Network.
The network is composed of more than 50 sensors around the world that can pick up signals from most large lightning strikes, said the network's director, Robert Holzworth. More recently, the network has been used to specifically monitor near volcanoes, also referred to as caldera, Holzworth said.
"Every minute, we look for lightning over 1,562 caldera around the world," Holzworth said.
The network currently monitors 262 volcanoes circling the Pacific Ocean, including Cleveland, for the Alaska Volcano Observatory, Holzworth said. Scientists like McNutt are still studying the effectiveness of using the system to detect eruptions, as well as the causes of volcanic lightning, Holzworth said."
This article was also posted by The News Tribune (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/10/29/1885585/lightning-detection-could-confirm.html) and Sci-Tech Today (http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=003000621UL6&full_skip=1).
Did NextEarthquake.com Really Forecast the Hawaii Earthquake?
Monday, October 24, 2011
More comments from Prof. John Vidale regarding earthquake prediction in Hawaii.
Kate Huntington and Gina Schmalzle invited to White House event (UPDATE)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Prof. Kate Huntington and former ESS postdoc Gina Schmalzle were present at the White House for the announcement of the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative. This event featured comments from NSF Director Subra Suresh as well as First Lady Michelle Obama.
You can read more about the event and initiative at UW Today or on the White House Blog.
Earthquake-Magnifying Pocket Beneath Seattle Seen in New Detail
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
"The deep basin that lies beneath Seattle is a source of seismic worry for scientists because the shape and material of the basin amplify ground shaking. Scientists hope that new research into the nature of this basin could help predict the seismic hazards this area faces.
The basin under Seattle essentially holds complex layers of sediment within a bowl of rock. Such basins can trap and focus seismic energy within them. This is due to how different materials conduct seismic waves — they move slower in sediment layers than in solid rock.
This difference in the velocity of seismic waves in sediments versus rock in the Seattle basin "causes the seismic waves to bend, just like a lens in your glasses bends light, and sometimes to become focused into a particular area," explained researcher Andrew Delorey, a seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition, "once seismic waves enter the basin, they can become trapped by reflecting off the boundaries," Delorey told OurAmazingPlanet."
Click through to read more from Andrew Delorey (also mentioned: John Vidale).
Sequim: Whole lotta shakin' going on
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
An article featuring research by Abhi Ghosh and PNSN's array of arrays, from sequimgazette.com:
"A 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck western British Columbia in early September made headlines around the world.
But when another earthquake, one possibly measuring higher on the Moment Magnitude Scale, struck in Sequim last August, no one wrote about it. In fact, only a very few people even noticed it.
There's a good reason for that: while the B.C. quake rattled the dishes, the Sequim event produced a slow tremor that lasted for about a month. It was only measurable by very delicate instruments called seismometers."
Click through to read the entire article featuring comments from Abhi as well as Steve Malone (also mentioned: Ken Creager).
Prof. Vidale Comments on California Quake project
Monday, September 26, 2011
From the Associated Press:
"In the ongoing quest to better anticipate earthquakes, scientists embarked on an ambitious experiment: Identify the likeliest places where magnitude-4.9 quakes or stronger would occur in seismically active California over a five-year period.
Half a dozen teams decided to give it a shot. They developed sophisticated computer models, submitted their best guesses and waited. As part of the ground rules, they could not change their forecasts, which were checked against actual quakes that hit during the study period.
The goal was to see whether there was a reliable way to flag a seismic hotspot before the ground shakes.
So how did scientists do?
"No single model takes home all the gold," said seismologist John Vidale of the University of Washington who was not part of any team."
Read more about this project by clicking through.
PNSN Records Current Events
Monday, September 26, 2011
"A gas leak caused a massive explosion that rattled homes, turned a North Seattle home into a ball of fire and injured two Monday morning.
The force from the explosion was large enough that it registered at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network."
Read more at kirotv.com. This event was also covered by The Seattle Times (see image 2).
Prof. Kate Huntington and Gina Schmalzle invited to White House event
Monday, September 26, 2011
Prof. Kate Huntington and ESS postdoc Gina Schmalzle have been invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to attend and event to announce "New Workplace Flexibility Policies to Support America's Scientists and their Families" at the White House on Monday. They are two of only 14 scientists invited to attend the event.
You can watch the event live at 4:00pm EDT (1:00pm PDT) at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Warning system may provide precious seconds before earthquake hits
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
From king5.com, featuring Prof. Paul Bodin:
"A computer program that counts down to violent shaking could possibly give the West Coast a warning before a major quake hits.
According to Paul Bodin, a Research Professor in Geophysics at the University of Washington, the system could be in place here in Washington in about three years.
Washington' s early warning system would focus on the large subduction zone earthquakes off our coast, similar to the massive quake that hit northeastern Japan back in March. The system here would use GPS to monitor large coastal land movement, and integrate that data with seismometers to determine the size and speed of the quake.
In Washington's case, there could be up to five minutes warning. But warnings may still come just seconds before the shaking starts.
The system is now being tested in California, which has a more mature network of earthquake warning instruments."
Click below to watch the video.
Scientists Worry over 'Bizarre' Trial for Failing to Predict Earthquake
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
From livescience.com, with comments from Prof. John Vidale:
"Six Italian scientists and one government official are set to go to trial today in Italy (Sept. 20) on charges of manslaughter for not warning the public aggressively enough of an impending earthquake that killed more than 300 people in 2009.
While such a trial is unlikely on U.S. soil, experts say, American geologists and seismologists are watching closely, surprised at a legal system that would attempt to criminalize something as uncertain as earthquake prediction.
"I think that what people don't understand is just how low the risk was. These swarms of earthquakes do happen all the time," said John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington. "We have swarms in my state, Washington, all the time, and I'm not sure of a single one that's ended with a large earthquake.""
"Vancouver Spared from Harm in 6.4 Earthquake"
Friday, September 9, 2011
"A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 175 miles west of Vancouver, causing buildings to sway in the Pacific coast Canadian city while causing no reported damage.
The quake took place on a secondary fault, not the major Cascadia Subduction Zone, said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington in Seattle. There was no tsunami because the edges of the fault moved sideways, not up and down, so a major wave wasn't generated, he said.
"There will be lots of aftershocks, but they're in a place that aren't likely to cause a lot of damage," he said"
"Earthquake prediction still stymies scientists"
Sunday, September 4, 2011
From washingtontimes.com (via AP):
"The East Coast earthquake left more than just residents unaccustomed to feeling the ground shake and sway in a daze. It also surprised some scientists who spend their careers trying to untangle the mysteries of sudden ground shifts.
They lived through the checkered history of earthquake prediction, filled with passioned debates, failed oracles and the enduring search for warning signs that may portend a powerful quake. The Earth so far has refused to give up its secrets.
In recent years, however, a more hopeful camp has emerged, pushed by researchers using satellites who say it may be possible to someday predict earthquakes from space and others who think they can tease out signals in rocks. The two schools of thought swapped notes during a two-day meeting in Los Angeles weeks before a relatively mild magnitude-5.8 rattled the Eastern Seaboard."
Click through to read the full article featuring Prof. John Vidale.
"At New Madrid Fault, Shaky Guesses On Next Quake"
Saturday, August 27, 2011
"The magnitude—5.8 earthquake that rattled the eastern U.S. on Tuesday took everyone — even geologists — by surprise. But even when there are reasons to think an earthquake could be around the corner, scientists still can't make good predictions.
It has now been 200 years since the last major earthquakes rocked the New Madrid Seismic Zone — a fault system that runs down the central U.S. through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee. The region has had plenty of smaller quakes since then, but there's no clear answer to the question of when the next big one is coming."
Listen to the piece featuring Prof. John Vidale at the link.
"Should the East Coast Worry About a Tsunami?" - Discovery News
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Discovery News discusses tsunamis in the wake of the earthquake on the East Coast:
"Among the concerns was the possibility of a tsunami. Even though yesterday's quake, for a variety of reasons, posed no threat of creating devastating waves, the question remains -- could a seismic event some day spark a tsunami on the East Coast, much like the ones that have devastated Japan, Indonesia and other parts of the world in recent years?
Normally, it takes a magnitude of eight or higher before offshore earthquakes start sparking tsunami warnings, said John Vidale, a geophysicist and seismologist at the University of Washington, Seattle."
Read more from Discovery News and Prof. Vidale at the link below.
"Why A Quake In Virginia Isn't As Rare As It Sounds"
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
'The earthquake that rattled the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon — from its Virginia epicenter to Washington, D.C., and the islands off Massachusetts — was, indeed, rare, geologists say.
But only because of its size; at a magnitude of 5.8, it was the largest temblor to hit Virginia since 1897, when the largest quake on record, a 5.9 quake, struck.
East Coast earthquakes are typically felt in a wider area than those in California. That's because the Earth's crust is more solid in the East, and it carries seismic waves better than in the more fractured West Coast crust.
The Earth's crust has ancient faults in many places, "but most of them don't move very much," John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington, told NPR.
"The mystery is really what's pushing the faults to make it move now — and there are a lot of theories," Vidale says.'
Read the entire article featuring ESS Prof. John Vidale at the link below.
Professor Robert Winglee - Chairship Renewed
Monday, August 22, 2011
Professor Robert Winglee's chairship in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences has been renewed. In an email announcement, College of the Environment Dean Lisa Graumlich had this to say:
"I am very pleased to report that Professor Robert Winglee has agreed to serve for an
additional five-year term as Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
"I would like to thank all of those who took the time to provide valuable feedback during
the chair review process. The time and energy you put into the process is deeply
appreciated. I would also like to extend a special thanks to the Review Committee, led
by Dennis Hartmann (Atmospheric Sciences) and including Suzanne Hawley (Astronomy) and
Bruce Nelson (Earth and Space Sciences), for conducting such a thorough and thoughtful
"Working with Robert over the past year, I have been impressed with his energy,
judiciousness, and dedication. In our recent discussions, we have reviewed the
important issues facing the Department, and I am confident that Robert will continue to
provide the strong leadership needed to best navigate the challenges and optimize the
opportunities that lie ahead. Please join me in congratulating Robert on a job
well-done, and in supporting his ongoing efforts to best position the Department of
Earth and Space Sciences for future successes."
Peter Ward Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences
Monday, July 25, 2011
Congratulations to Prof. Ward for his election into to the Washington State Academy of Sciences!
Conway B. Leovy
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Conway B. Leovy
Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysics.
July 16, 1934 - July 9, 2011
Huge rock avalanches rumble down Mount Rainier
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
"University of Washington graduate student Max Stevens and his father were about to head out across the Nisqually Glacier to retrieve a GPS instrument used to measure the glacier's movement.
"I heard it first and looked up and saw a house-sized block of rock falling off Nisqually Cleaver," he said. The pair were on skis, and they skedaddled."
"Ten years after Nisqually quake, Northwest's seismic dangers still lurk"
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
From UW Today:
"In the decade since the Nisqually earthquake shook buildings, rattled nerves and rolled the ground in Western Washington, the level of seismic danger in the Pacific Northwest hasn't changed. But scientific ideas about the danger have evolved and the ability to study and prepare for it has improved immensely."
Professors Steve Malone and John Vidale talk about seismic activity in the Pacific Northwest ten years after the Nisqually quake.
On Shaky Ground: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest — KCTS Channel 9 Special
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This KCTS 9 special features Bill Steele, John Vidale, and Ken Creager of the PNSN. Click through for a full-length video of the special.
Lynch's TD run shook area around Seahawks' Qwest Field
Monday, January 10, 2011
Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's touchdown run during a playoff game last weekend caused a fan reaction which shook the stadium, as well as the surrounding area. According to SI.com:
"John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, says that a seismic monitoring station about 100 yards west of the stadium registered seismic activity during Lynch's fourth-quarter run that clinched Seattle's 41-36 victory."
John Vidale discusses slow slip high magnitude earthquakes
Monday, January 3, 2011
Watch the news story featuring Professor John Vidale from Q13.
WWLLN detects volcanic eruptions
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
From The Seattle Times:
"A University of Washington-based network that monitors lightning around the globe has an unexpected new use: detecting volcanic eruptions that could be hazardous to aviation."
The article describes the new use for Prof. Robert Holzworth's World Wide Lightning Location Network.
Craig Weaver receives the Department of Interior's "Distinguished Service Award"
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Craig Weaver today received the Department of Interior's "Distinguished Service Award" - one of it's highest honors. This award is "In recognition of three decades of leadership in natural hazards research and programs, and in engaging the USGS with other federal agencies, states and counties, and the private sector."
Read the entire citation at the link below.
Prof. Dave Montgomery featured on UWTV's UW 360
Monday, October 18, 2010
Prof. Montgomery was featured on the October 2010 edition of the UWTV show UW 360 where they discuss the Howard Hansen Dam and "Take a look at the potentially disastrous results of building homes and businesses along flood-prone rivers, and what we can do to avoid catastrophe."
Watch the segment at the link below.
Distinguished ESS Alum Rob Thomas Honored once more
Friday, September 24, 2010
"The Montana Board of Regents has bestowed its highest honor on University of Montana Western Professor Robert Thomas.
The Regents named Thomas Regents Professor during their bi-monthly meeting, Thursday, Sept. 23 on the campus of Montana Tech of the University of Montana.
"During his 17 years of service to the Montana University System, Dr. Thomas has been an exemplary teacher, providing and advocating for experiential education," the Regents' announcement read, referring to Thomas' involvement in Montana Western's implementation of the Experience One block-scheduling program."
UW PNSN Seismograph Detected Sonic Booms
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The PNSN detected the sonic booms heard during President Obama's visit to Seattle last week. Prof. Vidale talks to Kiro 7 TV about the event.
WWLLN in the news
Monday, August 16, 2010
WWLLN made the news again, this time referenced by CNN in an article about the recent bad-weather Columbian plane crash. From cnn.com:
"CNN World Weather confirmed the presence of multiple lightning strikes
around the San Andres airport at the time of the crash. Analysis of data
from the World Wide Lightning Location Network indicates there were 11
strikes within 6 miles (10 kilometers) of the runway in a five-minute span
around the time of the accident."
Slow-moving 'silent quakes' being tracked by UW seismologists
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
From king5.com: 'University of Washington seismologists are closely monitoring another slow-moving tremor that's been detected under the Olympic Peninsula.
You can't feel this kind of earthquake, despite the fact that they release considerable energy. The reason is that they take weeks to unfold. These so called "silent quakes" are also known as deep tremor or "tremor-and-slip" events and occur miles under ground.'
Watch the videos featuring Prof. John Vidale from King 5 and ESS grad students Amanda Klaus and Justin Sweet from Komo 4.
Prof. Estella Leopold awarded International Cosmos Prize
Sunday, July 25, 2010
From uwnews.org: "A prize claimed by renowned conservationists such as David Attenborough and directors of some of the world's largest botanic gardens has been awarded to Estella Leopold, a University of Washington professor emeritus of biology, forest resources and quaternary research."
Professor Leopold is an Adjunct Professor Emeritus in ESS and former director of the QRC.
"Seismology: The secret chatter of giant faults"
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
From nature.com: "An imminent swarm of tiny quakes beneath western North America could help seismologists prepare for a big one - but only if they can learn to interpret the tremors, finds Naomi Lubick." Features UW Seismology research.
Pacific Northwest Megaquake Imminent
Friday, May 28, 2010
Prof. John Vidale discusses the probability of a 'megaquake in the Pacific Northwest with Discovery News.
UW ESS 2010 Honors and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The annual ESS Honors and Awards Ceremony was held on May 20th, 2010. Numerous awards, honors, and scholarships were given to ESS students, faculty, and staff. See link for more info and slideshow.
NSF Graduate Fellowships
Monday, March 1, 2010
Three ESS graduate students - Sarah Gelman, Zoe Harrold, and Charles
Plummer - were each awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship in March. Congratulations!
Icelandic volcano "Ash cloud thins as eruption loses fizz, reverts to lava"
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
"There are two possibilities for why the volcano's pattern of eruption has shifted, says Olivier Bachmann, a volcanologist at the University of Washington."
UW ESS ranked 10th in Geology and Geophysics
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The annual US News and World Report ranking of colleges and universities has been released for 2010, and the University of Washington Department of Earth & Space Sciences continues to be listed among the top 15 departments of earth sciences, ranked 13th in the nation.
Additionally, in both sub-categories of Geology and Geophysics & Seismology, UW ESS has been ranked 10th!
John Vidale talks about the Baja Earthquake on 97.3 KIRO FM
Monday, April 5, 2010
"John Vidale, Director of the Northwest Seismic Network, explains to
Dori how the pool in Ballard is sensitive enough to slosh around after
the Baja earthquake."
"Are all the recent big earthquakes connected?"
Monday, April 5, 2010
From king5.com: "In the last 100 years, there are three periods where super earthquakes spiked. We're in the middle of one now." Watch the video to see the what UW ESS Prof. John Vidale has to say about the recent spike in seismic activity.
"Local scientists say it's 'when, not if' a Chilean-like quake will hit Wash."
Saturday, March 6, 2010
A reporter discusses the recent Chilean quake with UW ESS Professor John Vidale.
UW PNSN NetQuakes Project in the news
Thursday, February 11, 2010
'The word went out in mid-December: Want seismometer in your house? And people signed up.
More than 1,000 homeowners, businesses and even government agencies volunteered to host a seismometer.
There are already hundreds of seismometers that record different ranges of motion around the region. About 300 of them are part of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network or PNSN, headquartered at the University of Washington in Seattle. But according to PNSN, that's not really enough of the monitors for all the things they want to study, especially in the densely populated Interstate 5 corridor.
"To capture that, we really need to densify the actual measurements of ground motion we can receive." says U.W. seismologist Bill Steele.
Now comes Netquake, which is building out a grid of seismometers in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett and Tacoma and eventually will be up and down Western Washington and into the Portland Oregon area.'
Former Ph.D. student wins Professor of the Year Award
Thursday, November 19, 2009
From Prof. Bourgeois: "Rob Thomas [UW ESS Ph.D. 1993] won a Professor of the Year Award
announced 19 Nov 2009...Rob is a loyal alum who regularly attends our GSA gatherings. Earlier he got
a Distinguished Service Award from GSA."
WWLN in the news again
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
From sciencenews.com: "Designed to scan the heavens thousands to billions of light-years beyond the solar system for gamma rays, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has also picked up a shocking vibe from Earth. During its first 14 months of operation, the flying observatory has detected 17 gamma-ray flashes associated with terrestrial storms - and some of those flashes have contained a surprising signature of antimatter...The 17 flashes Fermi detected occurred just before, during and immediately after lightning strikes, as tracked by the World Wide Lightning Location Network."
WWLN in the news
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
From Discovery News: "Since 2002, the World-Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) has been ramping up its capability to listening in on Earth's electrical tumult. Already 46 monitoring stations dot the globe, detecting close to 30 percent of all lightning strokes and locating nearly every single storm on the planet in real time."
"New studies put potential megaquake closer to Seattle" -The Seattle Times
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
From seattletimes.com: "New studies suggest that a Cascadia megaquake could occur within 50 miles of Seattle - much closer than previously thought." Featuring ESS Professor John Vidale.
More on possible megaquake impacts
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
From komonews.com: "The Washington coast has felt the tremors of a megaquake in the past. But results of a new study shows Seattle may feel them as well." Features ESS Professor John Vidale.
Msnbc: "Lightning's gamma rays may destroy matter"
Monday, November 23, 2009
From msnbc.com: "A satellite dispatched to scout out high-energy gamma rays streaming from the cosmos found that not only were flashes of gamma rays oddly close to home, but they were also powerful enough to annihilate matter." Features ESS Professor, Bob Holzworth.
Monday, November 2, 2009
From king5.com: "Just before a massive landslide came down wiping out a half mile of Highway 410 in Yakima County, residents said they could hear cracking, and moaning from the ground.
It turns out that seismometers that are part of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network run out of the University of Washington heard them too. But what the earthquake-detecting seismometers picked up was the geological correlation with what people heard." Featuring UW ESS's Wes Thelen.
Naches Valley landslide watch update
Saturday, October 31, 2009
From seattletimes.com: "The Naches River Valley is being closely monitored for signs of a potential landslide bigger than the one that cut off Highway 410, forced the river from its banks and damaged homes on Oct. 11." Featuring UW ESS's Dave Montgomery.
UW ESS members studying Naches landslide area
Friday, October 16, 2009
From king5.com: "There are growing concerns about the gigantic Yakima County landslide. With heavy rain expected, its stability is in question."
UW students create climate change display for Olympic Sculpture Park
Thursday, October 8, 2009
From uwnews.com: "The UW is creating a display at the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park that illustrates how projected changes in sea level due to climate change could affect Seattle's waterfront, as well as other more vulnerable waterfront cities elsewhere in the world." Features UW ESS graduate student Kristin Poinar.
Massive landslide cuts off stretch of Highway 410
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
From seattlepi.com: "The landslide that smothered a stretch of Highway 410 Sunday could be among the largest ever to hit a state roadway, but its cause remains a mystery."
Studying Mount Baker
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
From king5.com: "Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens are some of the most studied volcanoes in the Cascades, but now Mount Baker is also getting a closer look." Features UW ESS department's Wes Thelen.
Earthquake threat to Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct
Monday, March 5, 2007
From seattlepi.com: "Its design is obsolete, and it's definitely in the wrong place. That, essentially, is what's wrong with the Alaskan Way Viaduct when it comes to earthquakes, engineers say."
UW ESS silent earthquake research highlighted in Seattle Times article
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Seattle Times has published an article about silent tremors and related research in the UW ESS department. The article, titled "Scientists: Silent tremors may foretell the next Big One," can be found at the link below.
How would Seattle's skyscrapers fare in a M9 earthquake?
Thursday, April 9, 2009
From king5.com: "Scientists in California have come up with a number of scenarios that show a mega earthquake could cause high raise buildings in Seattle and other parts of the Northwest to collapse." Featuring Professor Vidale.
Changes in Northwest megathrust quake expectations
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Professor Vidale talks about the possibility of a 'Mega-quake' in the Northwest.
What's the earthquake risk in the Northwest?
Friday, October 9, 2009
Professor John Vidale talks to King 5 News about Northwest earthquakes in the wake of recent major quakes in the South Pacific.
UW-ESS ranks well in "Science-Watch" survey
Geosciences at the University of Washington ranks fifth in the entire WORLD in a survey of scientific journal publications by Thomson Scientific, and is second only to one other public University in the U.S. More information about this is found below.
From the Univ of Wash Weekly News : "The UW scored very high in a survey
of published geosciences research by Thomson Scientific, both in the number
of times UW research was cited by other scientists (12934 citations for 6th
place) and the average number of times a UW paper was cited (12.57 citations
per paper for 5th place)."
This survey was conducted by Science-Watch and Thomson Scientific's
"Essential Science Indicators", looking at 224 scientific journals containing 150K+ papers, from 1996-2007.
A very interesting interview by Thomson Scientific with UW-ESS chair Robert Winglee in relation to this survey can be found at http://www.in-cites.com/institutions/UnivofWashington.html
Genius rewarded in the ESS department
UW ESS Professor David Montgomery has been selected as a 2008 MacArthur Fellow, receiving
what is commonly known as a "genius grant", a prestigious 5 year grant of
money to support his research and other pursuits.
Additional information can be found at:
MacArthur Foundation 2008 Fellows (all) page:
UW ESS is 11th best in nation
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The annual US News and World Report ranking of colleges and universities has been released for 2009, and the University of Washington Department of Earth & Space Sciences continues to be listed among the top 15 departments of earth sciences in a tie for 11th by Princeton, UCLA, UW, and Yale.