Geophysicists and Atmospheric Scientists Partner to Track Typhoons’ Seismic footprints

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

An international team of researchers, assembled by Lucia Gualtieri, a postdoctoral research associate in Geosciences, and AOS Associate Research Scholar Salvatore Pascale, has found a new way to identify the movement and intensity of hurricanes, typhoons and other tropical cyclones by tracking the way they shake the seafloor, as recorded on seismometers on islands and near the coast. After looking at 13 years of data from the northwest Pacific Ocean, they have found statistically significant correlations between seismic data and storms. Their work was published Feb. 15 in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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