Carl Tape

Associate Professor of Geophysics

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Geophysical Institute and Department of Geosciences

Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Email:ctape[a]alaska.edu
Phone:907-474-5456 (office)
Office location: Geophysical InstituteElvey building, Room 413Dmap of UAF
Mailing address: University of Alaska FairbanksGeophysical Institute903 Koyukuk DriveFairbanks, AK 99775-7320

Magnitude 7.0 Anchorage earthquake on November 30, 2018

Movies of computer simulations on youtube:

Technical notes are listed with the large-scale version on youtube.

These simulations were featured in an Anchorage Daily News story by Alex DeMarban.

I am a seismologist. Seismology is about the study of earthquakes and the subsurface structure of Earth, from the surface to the center of the Earth's iron core.
I'm an associate professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the Geophysical Institute (GI) and the Department of Geosciences -- see the GI Seismology Group website for more details. I conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. I completed my PhD in geophysics at the Seismological Laboratory at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California.
At UAF I teach Applied Seismology (GEOS 626) and Inverse Problems and Parameter Estimation (GEOS 627), and I co-teach Glaciers, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes (GEOS 120).
Research group:Kyle Smith, Cole Richards, Ryan Modrak (postdoc)previous group members:Yun Wang (postdoc), Amir Allam (postdoc)Ulrika Cahayani Miller (MS 2014), Celso Alvizuri (PhD 2016), Vipul Silwal (PhD 2018)
ResearchTeachingProspective studentsCV and publications and moviesLinks: Geophysical Institute GI Seismology and Geodesy Group Alaska Earthquake Center UAF Research Computing Systems EarthScope in Alaska some things to do in Interior Alaska
News: earthquake nucleation in Minto Flats fault zone simulations of M7.1 Iniskin, Alaska, earthquake newspaper articles on Minto Flats project: hidden faults, Minto article on 1964 Alaska earthquake simulation (livescience) 2013 seismic imaging conference in Fairbanks jointly sponsored by CIG-QUEST-IRIS newspaper article on earthquake simulations (Fairbanks, Anchorage)
Seismology/Geophysics faculty at UAF (UAF email directory): Michael West, seismology Stephen Holtkamp, seismology Carl Tape, seismology David Fee, infrasound, seismology, volcanology Bernie Coakley, gravity, active-source seismic, crustal imaging Dmitry Nicolsky, tsunami modeling seismology faculty search in progress geodesy faculty search pending UAF geosciences faculty page
Snapshot of a 3D wavefield simulation for the 1964 Alaska earthquake (Mw 9). White lines = faults and plate boundaries; green dots = seismic stations; yellow dots = Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau.The simulation used the code SPECFEM3D_GLOBE and was performed on the high-performance computing cluster at University of Alaska Fairbanks.Play the movie on youtube here or download the movie here.A high-resolution version of this simulation can be watched on youtube here.
Snapshots of a 3D wavefield simulation for a Mw 4.6 earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska,showing the strong effects of Cook Inlet basin on the seismic wavefield.A = Anchorage, RV = Redoubt volcano, K = Kenai.Play the movie on youtube here or download the movie here .
Snapshot of a 3D wavefield simulation for an earthquake in southern California. This earthquake was used in the tomographic inversion presented here. Image credit: SPECFEM3D and Santiago Lombeyda.
Alaska is one of the most seismically active regions on Earth.This shows earthquakes with Mw >= 4 from 1990–2010.The deeper earthquakes (blue + green) highlight the subducting Pacific plate.

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