Classes

Natural Disasters

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

An introduction to risks in the environment. Different types of hazards are analyzed and compared including, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, floods, and meteorite impacts. Emphasizes the basic physical principles controlling the hazardous phenomena and develops simple quantitative methods for making scientifically reasoned assessments of the threats posed by hazardous events, processes, and exposures. Class web site

Earthquakes and Faulting

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2009

Earthquake phenomenology in the context of plate tectonics. Continuum mechanics and elastic deformation. Earthquake cycle models and constraints from tectonic geodesy. Earthquake geology and paleoseismology. Deformation rates and fault system structure. Quantitative seismic hazard analysis. (EPS203, with John Shaw and Jim Rice)

Computer Tools for Earth Sciences

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2008

An overview of modern computational tools with applications to the Earth Sciences. Introduction to the MATLAB programming and visualization environment. Topics include: statistical and time series analysis, visualization of two- and three-dimensional data sets, tools for solving linear/differential equations, parameter estimation methods. Labs emphasize applications of the methods and tools to a wide range of data in Earth Sciences. Class web site

Mathematical Modeling

Semester: 

N/A
Abstracting the essential components and mechanisms from a natural system to produce a mathematical model, which can be analyzed with a variety of formal mathematical methods, is perhaps the most important, but least understood, task in applied mathematics. This course approaches a number of problems without the prejudice of trying to apply a particular method of solution. Topics drawn from biology, economics, engineering, physical and social sciences. (AM115, with L. Mahadevan and Zhiming Kuang)

Orogen Dynamics

Semester: 

N/A

A reading seminar focused on theoretical models of mountain building and observations constraints. (EPS269r)

Harvard-MIT Geophysics Seminar

Semester: 

N/A
Research seminar on current important problems on the state and processes of the solid Earth. Topics may include mantle structure and geochemistry, the core-mantle boundary, the continental lithosphere. (EPS260, with Rick O'Connell and Miaki Ishii)