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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Geophysics & Seismology

Research includes the collection, analysis, and interpretation of seismic, geodetic, electrical, magnetic and gravity data. Funded research projects include: large-scale lithospheric studies using active and passive seismic, GPS geodesy, and potential field data; petroleum exploration projects using 3-D industrial seismic data; studies of reservoir-induced seismicity; earthquake and environmental hazards analysis and seismic research contribution to monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. USC has one of the most active seismological field programs in the country. Projects spanning the globe focus on: lithospheric process investigations using active and passive seismological studies; processes of intraplate and induced seismicity; seismological problems of South Carolina; and seismological issues in monitoring and verifying a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. USC hosts the South Carolina Seismic Network and has an active program in monitoring the state and studying prehistoric seismicity and paleoliquefaction features in the southeast.

Geophysics & Seismology Faculty