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Department of Earth Sciences


PhD Opportunity

We are pleased to announce that an exciting opportunity has arisen for a fully-funded, four year PhD studentship to start in October 2017 - more details can be found here.

(21 Jul 2017)

First real-time measurements of Earth's surface displacement during major earthquake

A team of researchers led by the Department of Earth Sciences has collected the first real-time measurements of Earth’s surface displacement during a major earthquake, as published in the journal Scientific Reports

In a rapid-response study following the earthquake that occurred in Italy in August 2016, the research team developed and deployed specialised GPS receivers close to the fault line which caused the quake. Just two months later the receivers were able to precisely measure movements that occurred as a further Mw* 6.5 earthquake struck in October 2016, the largest event to occur in Italy in over 30 years.

The information gathered from this study will not only help further understanding of earthquake processes but will also help engineers to design more resilient infrastructure.

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(7 Jul 2017)

Today is our department conference!

Today is our annual department conference when our undergraduates, postgraduates, research staff and academic staff come together to showcase what we have achieved throughout the year. Highlights include:

  • Oral presentations by Level 4 dissertation students
  • Two poster sessions at lunch and late afternoon
  • Industry exhibition/recruitment stands
  • Prizes for the best undergraduate/postgraduate oral and poster presentations (see below)
  • Guest Speaker Dr Sue Loughlin, MBE, Chief Volcanologist at the British Geological Survey, and former PhD student at Durham, will be giving a talk to inspire everyone to pursue exciting, impactful careers in the geological sciences

More information can be found here.

(6 Jun 2017)