Jean-Philippe Avouac photoJean-Philippe Avouac Professor of Geology:Director of the Tectonics Observatory:CaltechCaltech logo
Jean-Philippe Avouac

My research aims mainly at understanding better earthquakes, crustal deformation, and geomorphic processes. We use field observations, seismological and geodetic measurements, remote sensing to develop kinematic and dynamic models and inform theory.

Currently active projects concern:  forecasting of ground deformation and seismicity, in particular in the context of subsurface engineering operations (for CO2 storage or geothermal energy production for example); the effect of hydrology on crustal deformation and seismicity; dune dynamics on Mars and Earth; earthquakes and postseismic deformation; crustal deformation in the Himalaya and Tibet.

  • Center Director, The Center for Geomechanics and Mitigation of Geohazards (GMG)
  • Associate Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies  


    In the News!

    PKU Distinguished Lecture Series on Earthquake Physics: What make earthquake probability go up and down? What control do we have?


    Make sure to watch my PBS Interview on GMG related research on geothermal systems in California
    Airing Airing KCET June 26, 2022, 7:00 pm (PST) or PBS SoCal June 29, 2022, 7:00 pm (PST) (recording)


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    Telephone: (626) 395-4239
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