GPS Laboratory Tours

Self guided laboratory tours will be available throughout the day of the event. For more information on times and locations please see below. ( Event Map )


Flume Lab (CES 115): 10am – 12pm

The Caltech Earth Surface Dynamics Laboratory is a 4000 sq. ft. high-bay space designed to facilitate physical experiments and models to study the processes that erode, transport, and deposit sediment on the surface of the Earth and other planets.  The lab is located on the main Caltech campus, a short walk from the GPS Division.  It includes a state-of-the-art tilting flume (below) to investigate fluvial bedrock erosion, sediment transport in rivers, and initiation of debris flows.  The lab also includes a river-plume flume for research into backwater dynamics and delta formation.

Flume Lab


Murray Lab (Arms 262): 10am – 12pm, 1:30pm – 5pm

The Bruce Murray Laboratory for Planetary Visualization is a brand new facility within the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. Its goal is to develop and implement state-of-the-art image processing, visualization and data integration techniques that continue the legacy of Dr. Bruce Murray (1931-2013). The Murray Lab is actively engaged in terrestrial data visualization projects including production and rendering of ultra-high-resolution gravity models, topographic models and cm-scale drone imaging and topographic modeling of field sites.

Murray Lab

Media Center (South Mudd 269): 10am – 12pm, 1:30pm – 5pm

Seismologists from Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) brief reporters in the Media Center at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory immediately following widely felt quakes both locally and throughout the United States, as well as following significant international quakes. Provided there are no earthquakes requiring its use for the media, the Media Center will be available to visit during the indicated times.

Media Center