Professor of Geophysics
California Institute of Technology
Many natural hazards have been well known and qualitatively understood for decades, but still lack accurate measures of how damaging future events will be. For example, despite many years of research, it still remains a question as to how sensitive the Ant arctic Ice Sheet is to climate change, and how much variability in ground motions one should expect of a large San Andreas type earthquake. In this talk, I address both of these questions by using simple but physically sound mechanical principles to quantify certain aspects of these hazards.