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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Richard Walters

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41727
Room number: ES327

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Indicators of Esteem

  • 2017: William Smith Fund: Awarded by Geological Society of London for Early Career contributions to Geoscience
  • 2013: Keith Runcorn Prize:

    Awarded by Royal Astronomical Society for best PhD in Geophysics

Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences


Selected Publications

  • 1: Burrows, Katy, Walters, Richard J., Milledge, David, Spaans, Karsten & Densmore, Alexander L. (2019). A New Method for Large-Scale Landslide Classification from Satellite Radar. Remote Sensing 11(3): 237.
  • 2: Walters, R. J., Gregory, L. C., Wedmore, L. N. J., Craig, T. J., McCaffrey, K., Wilkinson, M., Chen, J., Li, Z., Elliott, J. R., Goodall, H., Iezzi, F., Livio, F., Michetti, A. M., Roberts, G. & Vittori, E. (2018). Dual control of fault intersections on stop-start rupture in the 2016 Central Italy seismic sequence. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 500: 1-14.
  • 3: Amey, R. M. J., Hooper, A. & Walters, R. J. (2018). A Bayesian Method for Incorporating Self-Similarity into Earthquake Slip Inversions. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth 123(7): 6052-6071.
  • 4: Hamlyn, Joanna, Wright, Tim, Walters, Richard, Pagli, Carolina, Sansosti, Eugenio, Casu, Francesco, Pepe, Susi, Edmonds, Marie, McCormick Kilbride, Brendan, Keir, Derek, Neuberg, Jürgen & Oppenheimer, Clive (2018). What causes subsidence following the 2011 eruption at Nabro (Eritrea)? Progress in Earth and Planetary Science 5(1): 31.
  • 5: Hussain, E., Wright, T. J., Walters, R. J., Bekaert, D. P. S., Lloyd, R. & Hooper, A. (2018). Constant strain accumulation rate between major earthquakes on the North Anatolian Fault. Nature Communications 9(1): 1392.
  • 6: Walters, R. J., England, P. C. & Houseman, G. A. (2017). Constraints from GPS measurements on the dynamics of the zone of convergence between Arabia and Eurasia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122(2): 1470-1495.
  • 7: Allen, M.B., Walters, R.J., Song, S.G., Saville, C., De Paola, N., Ford, J., Hu, Z.X. & Sun, W.L. (2017). Partitioning of oblique convergence coupled to the fault locking behavior of fold-and-thrust belts: evidence from the Qilian Shan, northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Tectonics 36(9): 1679-1698.
  • 8: Nippress, Stuart E. J., Heyburn, Ross & Walters, R. J. (2017). The 2008 and 2012 Moosiyan Earthquake Sequences: Rare Insights into the Role of Strike Slip and Thrust Faulting within the Simply Folded Belt (Iran). Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 107(4): 1625-1641.
  • 9: Wilkinson, M.W., McCaffrey, K., Jones, R.R., Roberts, G.P., Holdsworth, R.E., Gregory, L., Walters, R.J., Wedmore, L., Goodall, H. & Iezzi, F. (2017). Near-field fault slip of the 2016 Vettore Mw 6.6 earthquake (Central Italy) measured using low-cost GNSS. Scientific Reports 7: 4612.
  • 10: Elliott, J. R., Walters, R. J. & Wright, T. J. (2016). The role of space-based observation in understanding and responding to active tectonics and earthquakes. Nature Communications 7: 13844.
  • 11: Floyd, M. A., Walters, R. J., Elliott, J. R., Funning, G. J., Svarc, J. L., Murray, J. R., Hooper, A. J., Larsen, Y., Marinkovic, P., Bürgmann, R., Johanson, I. A. & Wright, T. J. (2016). Spatial variations in fault friction related to lithology from rupture and afterslip of the 2014 South Napa, California, earthquake. Geophysical Research Letters 43(13): 6808-6816.
  • 12: Hussain, E., Hooper, A., Wright, T. J., Walters, R. J. & Bekaert, D. P. S. (2016). Interseismic strain accumulation across the central North Anatolian Fault from iteratively unwrapped InSAR measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 121(12): 9000-9019.
  • 13: Karasözen, E., Nissen, E., Bergman, E. A., Johnson, K. L. & Walters, R. J. (2016). Normal faulting in the Simav graben of western Turkey reassessed with calibrated earthquake relocations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 121(6): 4553-4574.
  • 14: Hussain, E., Wright, T. J., Walters, R. J., Bekaert, D., Hooper, A. & Houseman, G. A. (2016). Geodetic observations of postseismic creep in the decade after the 1999 Izmit earthquake, Turkey: Implications for a shallow slip deficit. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 121(4): 2980-3001.

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