Earth Deformation Caused by Surface Mass Loading
What causes the shape of the earth to change over time? Some of the more familiar causes include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and lunar gravity. But did you know that movements of air, ocean, and fresh-water masses also distort the rocks beneath our feet? This presentation will explore new methods for measuring and modeling earth deformation caused by the redistribution of surface fluids. Applications range from probing the density structure of ancient cratons to tracking the depletion of groundwater reservoirs during periods of drought.
Martens, Hilary, "Earth Deformation Caused by Surface Mass Loading" (2019). Public Lecture Series. 140.