• Atmospheric Chamber, Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science

Research Centers

Cross-disciplinary research centers bring GPS faculty and students with diverse areas of expertise together for an in-depth exploration of areas of overlapping interests and to develop powerful ideas and solutions for moving society forward.

The Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science

The Linde Center brings together scientists and engineers representing a broad range of research perspectives in order to address the complex issue of global climate change. Studies initiated at the Linde Center draw upon principles in chemistry, engineering, geology, environmental science, and other fields, and have led and will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the global environment—including the impact human activities have on it.

Seismological Laboratory

The Seismological Laboratory—informally known as the Seismo Lab—is a modern geophysical observatory that emphasizes the acquisition, analysis, and modeling of data pertaining to the structure and dynamics of the earth as well as other planetary bodies. These data originate from many sources, including regional and global seismic networks, in-house analytic facilities (for example, the diamond-anvil cell laboratory), oceanic research cruises, remote sensing (via GPS, interferometric radar, Landsat, etc.), and geologic field mapping.

Current Seismo Lab research incorporates all aspects of geophysics and earthquake geology, including, but not limited to, regional crustal structure; the physics of earthquakes; the structure, chemistry, and convective flow of the earth's interior; oceanic and continental tectonics; and lithospheric deformation.

Terrestrial Hazard Observation and Reporting Center

The Terrestrial Hazard Observation and Reporting (THOR) Center brings together researchers focused on developing innovative ways to reduce the risks and costs of natural hazards. These hazards may include such diverse phenomena as climate change, extreme weather events, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, floods, landslides, and wildfires.

THOR is jointly managed by GPS and the Division of Engineering and Applied Science.