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The Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the science of geophysics in the Appalachian Basin.

We are an official section of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG).

Monthly meetings are generally held from September to May on the first Tuesday of each month at various locations around the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, be sure to check the event calendar as exceptions to this rule occur often.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend.



2014 GSP Scholarship Program Announced

Established in 2013 by the Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh, the purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for a junior or senior undergraduate pursuing a BS degree with emphasis in geophysics and who is planning to attend graduate school where he/she will pursue a Masters or PhD degree with an emphasis in geophysics; or a graduate student in geophysics or on a geoscience tract emphasizing geophysics. In either case the student should be attending an accredited college or university in the northeast US within the boundaries of the Appalachian basin.
    Armstrong County Community Foundation (ACCF), administers the fund.  ACCF must receive the complete 2014 application packet by March 15, but you are encouraged to review the process early so you have time to assemble the required components, including information from three (3) references.
     Get started today! Click HERE.

Upcoming events


April 1 GSP Meeting

Penn Brewery, Pittsburgh    REGISTER

8.8 Magnitude Earthquake at Maule, Chile:
the Geodetic Emergency Response

Dr. Dana Caccamise

The 27 February 2010 (M 8.8) Maule, Chile Earthquake, the 6th largest earthquake ever recorded, occurred in south-central Chile and partially overlaps the rupture area of the 1960 (M 9.5) Valdivia Earthquake, the largest earthquake ever recorded. The 2010 megathrust occurred in an area that has been studied by our geodesy and geodynamics group and collaborators since 1993, and the coseismic displacement field was recorded by dozens of continuous GPS (CGPS) stations in the region. At the time, the Maule event was only the second enormous megathrust event to occur in the modern times of space geodesy (being more accessible than the previous event in 2004, Indonesia), and the US National Science Foundation funded major scientific responses (i.e., seismological, geomorphological and InSAR characterizations) so as to capture its coseismic and postseismic deformation field in unprecedented detail.
 
The presentation will provide an overview of our geodetic response some of the implications of the plate interface, some of the human impacts from the earthquake processes and aftermath of the event, including locating and steering the drilling operation for the recovery of the Chilean miners following the famous mining accident.  This event is arguably one of the most carefully studied earthquakes in history.


 
 

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