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Christopher Milliner

Chris is an NPP NASA postdoc fellow using space-based geodesy (SAR interferometry, lidar, and optical pixel tracking), GPS, and numerical inverse methods, to constrain how faults release strain throughout the earthquake cycle, and measure water changes following large hurricanes.

  • MSci, Geology & Geophysics, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London (2010)
  • Geology & Geophysics, UCLA, Study Exchange Program (2008-2009)
  • PhD, Geology, Univ. of Southern California (2016)

Research Interests
  • Faulting mechanics, how do fault systems release strain during earthquakes? How does this strain vary with depth, and across fault damage zones? How is strain dissipated post-seismically?
  • Lower crustal and upper mantle rheology, what is the viscosity and deformation processes of non-brittle, ductile material?
  • Development of space-based geodetic techniques: 3D optical image correlation; lidar differencing and point cloud matching techniques; field studies of fault-zone deformation.
  • Hydrogeodesy, Using GPS to measure solid Earth's elastic response to water loading from extreme precipitation events (hurricanes, floods, and atmospheric rivers). From GPS we can estimate the daily accumulation and dissipation of water storage on land giving important insights into how the hydrologic system responds to large influxes of water.

Professional Experience
  • Post-doc Scholar, Univ. of California Berkeley, Advisor: Roland Burgmann (2016-2017)
  • Graduate Student Researcher, University of Southern California (2011 - 2016)
  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of Southern California (2011-2016)

Selected Awards
  • JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Award (2016).
  • NPP NASA Postdoc Fellowship (2016)
  • Outstanding Student Presentation, SSA meeting (2015)
  • Graduate Research Symposium 2nd place, USC (2015)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, USC (2014)

Selected Publications
  1. Milliner, C. W. D., K., Materna, R., Bürgmann, Y., Fu, D., Bekaert, A., Moore, S. Adhikari, D., Argus (2018), Tracking the Weight of Hurricane Harvey's Stormwaters Using GPS Data, Science Advances.
  2. Donnellan, A., Parker, J., Milliner, C. W. D., Farr, T., Glasscoe, M., Lou, Y., Zheng, Y., Hawkins, B., (2018) UAVSAR and Optical Analysis of the Thomas Fire Scar and Montecito Debris Flows: Case Study of Methods for Disaster Response using Remote Sensing Products. Earth and Space Science.
  3. Milliner, C. W. D., C. Sammis, A. Allam, J. Dolan, J. Hollingsworth, S. Leprince, and F. Ayoub (2016a), Resolving Fine-Scale Heterogeneity of Co-Seismic Slip and the Relation to Fault Structure, Nature Scientific Reports, 6, 27201. doi:10.1038/srep27109
  4. Milliner, C.W. D., J. F. Dolan, J. Hollingsworth, S. Leprince, and F. Ayoub (2016b), Comparison of Coseismic Near-Field and Off-Fault Surface Deformation Patterns of the 1992 Mw 7.3 Landers and 1999 Mw 7.1 Hector Mine Earthquakes: Implications for Controls on the Distribution of Surface Strain, Geophys.Res.Lett., 43, 10,115-10,124, doi:10.1002/2016GL069841.
  5. Milliner, C. W. D., J. F. Dolan, J. Hollingsworth, S. Leprince, F. Ayoub, and C. G. Sammis (2015), Quantifying near-field and off-fault deformation patterns of the 1992 Mw 7.3 Landers earthquake, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 16, doi:10.1002/2014GC005693.
  6. Xu, X., X. Tong, D. T. Sandwell, C. W. D. Milliner, J. F. Dolan, J. Hollingsworth, S. Leprince, and F. Ayoub (2016), Refining the Shallow Slip Deficit, Geophysical Journal International, 204, 1867-1886. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv563

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