We investigate deformation of the continents from the scale of individual earthquakes to entire mountain belts, from seconds to millennia.

Our group focuses on remote sensing techniques to detect changes to the Earth’s surface caused by earthquakes. We relate these geological and geodetic observations to mechanical models of fault behavior. By combining satellite interferometry, image pixel-tracking, and imagery-derived elevation models with surveys, numerical modeling, and geochronologic dating in the field, we develop our understanding of the earthquake cycle and how it relates to mountain-building, landscape evolution, continental dynamics, and regional hazards.

Oxford’s earthquake geology and geodesy project locales span the globe, with a particular focus in the slowly deforming but highly seismically threatened regions of Central Asia, Southwest Asia, and China.