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Curriculum Vitae:

Eric Fielding

  • A.B. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College (1982)
  • Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University (1989)

Research Interests
  • Mechanics of landslides including transition from stable to unstable sliding and effects of climate variations
  • Active tectonics, especially in the Alpine-Himalaya-Tibet system, on a variety of time scales ranging from co-seismic and interseismic deformation (using SAR interferometry) to Late Quaternary deformation estimated from geomorphic analysis
  • Fault interaction via the transfer of stresses through the lithosphere and the possible applications for earthquake risk assessment
  • Long-term evolution (Cenozoic) and present lithospheric structure of Tibet and Altiplano-Puna plateaus


NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, or NISAR, is a satellite radar mission run jointly by NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) that will survey Earth’s changing ecosystems, dynamic surface, and ice masses.

ARIA is a collaborative project between JPL and Caltech to develop data systems and data products based on radar, GPS, and seismic observations for hazard science and response.

UAVSAR, is a reconfigurable, polarimetric L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is specifically designed to acquire airborne repeat track SAR data for differential interferometric measurements.

Selected Awards
  • AGU Geodesy Ivan I. Mueller Award for Service and Leadership, 2016
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 2010 and 2014
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2010)
  • Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication (2010)
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship, Cornell University (1985-1987)
  • John McMullen Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University (1982-1983)

Selected Publications
  1. Fielding, E J., S. S. Sangha, D. P. S. Bekaert, S. V. Samsonov, and J. C. Chang (2017, in press), Surface Deformation of North‐Central Oklahoma Related to the 2016 Mw 5.8 Pawnee Earthquake from SAR Interferometry Time Series, Seismol. Res. Lett., doi:10.1785/0220170010.
  2. Huang, M.-H., Fielding, E. J., Dickinson, H., Sun, J., Gonzalez-Ortega, J. A., Freed, A. M., and Bürgmann, R., 2017, Fault geometry inversion and slip distribution of the 2010 Mw 7.2 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake from geodetic data: Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v. 122, no. 1, p. 607-621.
  3. Huang, M.-H., Tung, H., Fielding, E. J., Huang, H.-H., Liang, C. R., Hu, J.-C., and Huang, C., 2016, Multiple fault slip triggered above the 2016 Mw 6.4 MeiNong earthquake in Taiwan: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 43, p. 7459-7467.
  4. Liang, C., and Fielding, E. J., 2016, Interferometric Processing of ScanSAR Data Using Stripmap Processor: New Insights From Coregistration: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, v. 54, no. 7, p. 4343-4354.
  5. Liang, C., and Fielding, E. J., 2017, in press-a, Interferometry With ALOS-2 Full-Aperture ScanSAR Data: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.
  6. Liang, C., and Fielding, E. J., 2017, in press-b, Measuring Azimuth Deformation With L-Band ALOS-2 ScanSAR Interferometry: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.
  7. Hamling, I. J., Hreinsdóttir, S., Clark, K., Elliott, J., Liang, C., Fielding, E., et al., 2017, Complex multifault rupture during the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake, New Zealand: Science.
  8. Delbridge, B. G., Bürgmann, R., Fielding, E., Hensley, S., and Schulz, W. H., 2016, 3D surface deformation derived from airborne interferometric UAVSAR: Application to the Slumgullion Landslide: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 121, no. 5, p. 3951-3977.
  9. Kargel, J. S., Leonard, G. J., Shugar, D. H., Haritashya, U. K., Bevington, A., Fielding, E. J., et al., 2016, Geomorphic and geologic controls of geohazards induced by Nepal's 2015 Gorkha earthquake: Science, v. 351, no. 6269.
  10. Yun, S.-H., Hudnut, K., Owen, S., Webb, F., Simons, M., Sacco, P., Gurrola, E., Manipon, G., Liang, C., Fielding, E., Milillo, P., Hua, H., and Coletta, A., 2015, Rapid Damage Mapping for the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha Earthquake Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Data from COSMO-SkyMed and ALOS-2 Satellites: Seismological Research Letters, v. 86, no. 6, p. 1549-1556.
  11. Angster, S., Fielding, E. J., Wesnousky, S., Pierce, I., Chamlagain, D., Gautam, D., Upreti, B. N., Kumahara, Y., and Nakata, T., 2015, Field Reconnaissance after the 25 April 2015 M 7.8 Gorkha Earthquake: Seismological Research Letters, v. 86, no. 6, p. 1506-1513.
  12. Milillo, P., E. J. Fielding, W. H. Schulz, B. Delbridge, and R. Burgmann, 2014, COSMO-SkyMed Spotlight Interferometry Over Rural Areas: The Slumgullion Landslide in Colorado, USA, Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of, 7(7), 2919-2926.
  13. Motagh, M., Beavan, J., Fielding, E.J. & Haghshenas, M., 2014. Postseismic Ground Deformation Following the September 2010 Darfield, New Zealand, Earthquake From TerraSAR-X, COSMO-SkyMed, and ALOS InSAR, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE, 11, 186-190.
  14. Fielding, E.J., Lundgren, P.R., Taymaz, T., Yolsal-Çevikbilen, S. & Owen, S.E., 2013a. Fault slip source model for the 2011 M7.1 Van earthquake in Turkey from SAR interferometry, pixel offset tracking, GPS and seismic waveform analysis, Seismological Research Letters, 84, 579-593.
  15. Fielding, E.J., Sladen, A., Li, Z., Avouac, J.-P., Bürgmann, R. & Ryder, I., 2013b. Kinematic fault slip evolution source models of the 2008 M7.9 Wenchuan earthquake in China from SAR interferometry, GPS and teleseismic analysis and implications for Longmen Shan tectonics, Geophys. J. Int., 194, 1138-1166.
  16. Beavan, J., Motagh, M., Fielding, E.J., Donnelly, N. & Collett, D., 2012. Fault slip models of the 2010-2011 Canterbury, New Zealand, earthquakes from geodetic data, and observations of post-seismic ground deformation, NZ J. Geol. & Geophys., 55, 207-221.
  17. Fielding, E.J., and McKenzie, D., 2012, Lithospheric Flexure in the Sichuan Basin and Longmen Shan at the Eastern Edge of Tibet, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L09311, doi:10.1029/2012GL051680.
  18. Ryder, I., R. Bürgmann, and E. Fielding, 2012, Static stress interactions in extensional earthquake sequences: An example from the South Lunggar Rift, Tibet, J. Geophys. Res., 117(B9), B09405.
  19. Wei, SJ, Fielding, E., Leprince, S., Sladen, A., Avouac, J.-P., Helmberger, D., Hauksson, E., Chu, R., Simons, M., Hudnut, K., Herring, T., Briggs, R., 2011, Superficial simplicity of the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake of Baja California in Mexico: Nature Geosci., doi:10.1038/ngeo1213.
  20. Li, Z., Fielding, E.J. & Cross, P., 2009. Integration of InSAR Time-Series Analysis and Water-Vapor Correction for Mapping Postseismic Motion After the 2003 Bam (Iran) Earthquake, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on, 47, 3220-3230.
  21. Konca, A.O., Avouac, J.-P., Sladen, A., Meltzner, A.J., Sieh, K., Fang, P., Li, Z., Galetzka, J., Genrich, J., Chlieh, M., Natawidjaja, D.H., Bock, Y., Fielding, E.J., Ji, C., and Helmberger, D.V., 2008, Partial rupture of a locked patch of the Sumatra megathrust during the 2007 earthquake sequence: Nature, v. 456, p. 631-635.
  22. Fielding, E.J., Fielding, E.J., Lundgren, P.R., Bürgmann, R. & Funning, G.J., 2009. Shallow fault-zone dilatancy recovery after the 2003 Bam earthquake in Iran, Nature, 458, 64-68.
  23. Pritchard, M.E., and Fielding, E.J., 2008, A study of the 2006 and 2007 earthquake sequence of Pisco, Peru, with InSAR and teleseismic data: Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2008GL033374, in press.
  24. Crippen, R.E., Hook, S.J., and Fielding, E.J., 2007, Nighttime ASTER thermal imagery as an elevation surrogate for filling SRTM DEM voids: Geophys. Res. Lett., v. 34, p. L01302, doi:10.1029/2006GL028496.
  25. Tralli, D.M., Blom, R.G., Fielding, E.J., Donnellan, A., and Evans, D.L., 2007, Conceptual case for assimilating synthetic aperture radar interferometry data into the HAZUS-MH earthquake module: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, v.45, p.1595-1604.
  26. Jackson, J.A., Bouchon, M., Fielding, E.J., Funning, G.J., Ghorashi, M., Hatzfeld, D., Nazari, H., Parsons, B., Priestley, K., Talebian, M., Tatar, M., Walker, R., and Wright, T.J., 2006, Seismotectonic, rupture-process, and earthquake-hazard aspects of the 26 December 2003 Bam, Iran, earthquake: Geophys J Int, v. 166, p. 1270-1292.
  27. Johanson, I.A., Fielding, E.J., Rolandone, F., and Burgmann, R., 2006, Coseismic and postseismic slip of the 2004 Parkfield earthquake from space-geodetic data: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 96, p. 5269-5282.
  28. Li, Z., Fielding, E.J., Cross, P., and Muller, J.-P., 2006a, InSAR atmospheric correction GPS Topography-dependent Turbulence Model (GTTM): Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 111, p. B02404, doi:10.1029/2005JB003711.
  29. Li, Z., Fielding, E.J., Cross, P., and Muller, J.P., 2006b, Interferometric synthetic aperture radar atmospheric correction: MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar integration: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 33, p. L06816, doi:10.1029/2005GL025299.
  30. Pathier, E., Fielding, E.J., Wright, T.J., Walker, R., Parsons, B.E., and Hensley, S., 2006, Displacement field and slip distribution of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake from SAR imagery: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 33, p. L20310, doi:10.1029/2006GL027193.
  31. Bennett, E.R., Youngson, J.H., Jackson, J.A., Norris, R.J., Raisbeck, G.M., Yiou, F., and Fielding, E.J., 2005, Growth of South Rough Ridge, central Otago, New Zealand: Using in situ cosmogenic isotopes and geomorphology to study an active, blind reverse fault: Journal of Geophysical Research, p. B02404, doi:10.1029/2004JB003184.
  32. Funning, G.J., Parsons, B.E., Wright, T.J., Jackson, J.A., and Fielding, E.J., 2005, Surface displacements and source parameters of the 2003 Bam (Iran) earthquake from Envisat advanced synthetic aperture radar imagery: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 110, p. B09406,doi:10.1029/2004JB003338.
  33. Li, Z., Muller, J.P., Cross, P., and Fielding, E.J., 2005, InSAR atmospheric correction: GPS, MODIS and InSAR integration: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 110, p. B03410, doi:10.1029/2004JB003446.
  34. Fielding, E.J., Talebian, M., Rosen, P.A., Nazari, H., Jackson, J.A., Ghorashi, M., and Berberian, M., 2005, Surface ruptures and building damage of the 2003 Bam, Iran earthquake mapped by satellite synthetic aperture radar interferometric correlation: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 110, no. B3, p. B03302, doi:10.1029/2004JB003299.
  35. Wright, T.J., Parsons, B., England, P.C., and Fielding, E.J., 2004, InSAR Observations of Low Slip Rates on the Major Faults of Western Tibet: Science, v. 305, no. 5681, p. 236-239.
  36. Talebian, M., Fielding, E.J., Funning, G.J., Jackson, J.A., Nazari, H., Parsons, B.E., Priestley, K., Ghorashi, M., Rosen, P.A., Walker, R., and Wright, T.J., 2004, The 2003 Bam (Iran) earthquake: rupture of a blind fault: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 31, L11611, doi:10.1029/2004GL020058.
  37. Fielding, E.J., Wright, T.J., Muller, J., Parsons, B.E., and Walker, R., 2004, Aseismic deformation of a fold-and-thrust belt imaged by synthetic aperture radar interferometry near Shahdad, southeast Iran: Geology, v. 32, no. 7, p. 577-580.
  38. Curkendall, D., Fielding, E.J., Cheng, T.-H., and Pohl, J.M., 2003, A computational-grid based system for continental drainage network extraction using SRTM digital elevation models, 2003 International Conference on Parallel Processing Workshops: Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC, IEEE Computer Society, p. 181-190.
  39. Duncan, C., Masek, J., and Fielding, E.J., 2003, How steep are the Himalaya? Characteristics and implications of along-strike topographic variations: Geology, v. 31, no. 1, p. 75-78.
  40. Lu, Z., Patrick, M., Fielding, E.J., and Trautwein, C., 2003, Lava volume from the 1997 eruption of Okmok volcano, Alaska, estimated from spaceborne and airborne interferometric synthetic aperture radar: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, v. 41, no. 6, p. 1428-1436.
  41. Pinty, B., Gobron, N., Verstraete, M.M., Melin, F., Widlowski, J.-L., Govaerts, Y., Diner, D.J., Fielding, E.J., Nelson, D.L., Madariaga, R., and Tuttle, M.P., 2003, Observing earthquake-related dewatering using MISR/Terra satellite data: Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 84, no. 5, p. 37-48.
  42. Burgmann, R., Ayhan, M.E., Fielding, E.J., Wright, T.J., McClusky, S., Aktug, B., Demir, C., Lenk, O., and Türkezer, A., 2002, Deformation during the 12 November 1999 Duzce, Turkey, earthquake, from GPS and InSAR data: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 92, p. 161-171.

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