Chelsea Scott


  • PhD Cornell (2016): Geophysics
  • BA Carleton College (2010): Geology & physics

I serve as an NSF postdoctoral scholar at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. In my research, I integrate remote sensing and field-based observations of earthquake activity over different timescales to understand how tectonic forces drive seismic activity and surface processes shape the Earth's landscape. My research focuses on the following questions:

  • Surface rupturing strike-slip earthquakes: How can the on-fault and near-field surface deformation be best measured with geodesy? What fraction of the total moment is released on the principal fault?
  • What are the transient and permanent landscape changes following a decadal scale rain storm in the the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile?
  • Do ancient tectono-geomorphic markers in the Atacama Desert record the strain field produced by great earthquakes on the South America- Nazca subduction zone?
  • Do great subduction zone earthquakes trigger backarc earthquakes?
  • What is the uncertainty in fault geometry parameters due to atmospheric noise in InSAR data?

To answer these questions, I use InSAR, lidar, differential topography, and field observations coupled with inverse theory and other computational techniques.

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