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 Bruce Murray Laboratory for Planetary Visualization is a new facility within the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. The goal of the lab is to develop and implement state-of-the-art image processing, visualization and data integration techniques. The Murray Lab is actively engaged in terrestrial data visualization projects, including production and rendering of ultra-high-resolution gravity models, topographic models, and cm-scale drone imaging and topographic modeling of field sites.
The Center for Geomechanics and Mitigation of Geohazards (GMG) at Caltech is a joint collaboration between GPS and EAS Divisions. GMG is conducting research to advance the understanding of how geomaterials fail in the presence of fluids. The center will develop physics-based methods to mitigate the hazard associated with such activities, as well as with natural earthquakes and landslides. More than fifteen Caltech professorial faculty are participating in the Center, covering all the relevant disciplines - geophysics, geology, mechanical and civil engineering, and information sciences.
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.
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.
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.