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Pasadena, CA 91109
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Susan Owen
Section Manager

  • Ph. D., Geophysics, Stanford University (1998)
  • B.A., Physics, Harvard-Radcliffe University (1992)

Research Interests

Susan’s research interests include improving GPS data analysis techniques to study the earthquake cycle and volcano deformation. She also leads the Advanced Rapid Imaging Project, a team that is developing automated SAR and GPS analysis for both hazard response and hazard science.


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.

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.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (2004–2015)
    • Research Scientist (2004–2015)
    • Principal Investigator/Project Lead for Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis team (2010-present)
    • Deputy Applications Lead for NISAR mission (2012-present)
    • Discipline Program Manager for Solid Earth Science (2015-present)
    • Group Supervisor, Earth Surface and Interior Group (2015-2016)
    • Deputy Section Manager, Earth Science (2016-2017)
    • Section Manager (2017-Present)
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, LA
    • Assistant Research Professor, Geophysics (2004-2006)
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, LA
    • Assistant Professor of Geophysics (1999–2004)
  • Department of Geology and Geophysics, U.C.
    • Miller Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (1998-1999)
  • Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA (1992-1993)

Community Service
  • AGU Geodesy Section President-Elect, (2015)
  • EarthScope Steering Committee, Cyberinfrastructure Committee Chair (2013-present)
  • UNAVCO Nominations Committee (2011-2012)
  • UNAVCO Board of Directors (2007-2010): Vice-Chair (2007), Chair (2008-2009)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, (2014)
  • Research Poster Conference Award from JPL OCS and OCT (2011, 2013)
  • Zumberge Fellow, USC (1999-2000)
  • Lieberman Fellowship, Stanford University (1996-1997)

Selected Publications
  1. Martens, H.R., M. Simons, S. Owen, L. Rivera, “Observations of Ocean Tidal Load Response in South America from Sub-daily GPS Positions”, Geophys. J. Intl., accepted for publication February 2016.
  2. Yun, S-H.,  K. Hudnut, S. Owen, F. Webb, M. Simons, P. Sacco, E. Gurrola, G. Manipon, C. Liang, E. Fielding, P. Milillo, H. Hua, and A. Coletta, “Rapid Damage Mapping for the 2015 Mw 7.8Gorkha Earthquake Using Synthetic ApertureRadar Data from COSMO–SkyMed and ALOS-2 Satellites”, SRL, DOI: 10.1785/0220150152, v. 86 no. 6 p. 1549-1556, 2015.
  3. Duputel, Z., J. Jiang, R. Jolivet, M. Simons, L. Rivera, J.-P. Ampuero, B. Riel, S. E. Owen, A. W. Moore, S. V. Samsonov, F. Ortega-Culaciati, and S. E. Minson, 2015. “The Iquique earthquake sequence of April 2014: Bayesian modeling accounting for prediction uncertainty”, GRL, DOI: 10.1002/2015GL065402, 2015.
  4. Galetzka, J., D. Melgar, J. F. Genrich, J. Geng, S. Owen, et al., “Slip pulse and resonance of the Kathmandu basin during the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal”, Science, [DOI:10.1126/science.aac6383], 2015.
  5. Liu, Z., A W. Moore, S. Owen, “Recurrent slow slip event reveals the interaction with seismic slow earthquakes and disruption from large earthquake” Geophysical Journal International 2015 202 (3): 1555-1565, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv238.
  6. Minson, Sarah E., Benjamin A. Brooks, Craig L. Glennie, Jessica R. Murray, John O. Langbein, Susan E. Owen, Thomas H. Heaton, Robert A. Iannucci, and Darren L. Hauser. "Crowdsourced earthquake early warning." Science Advances 1, no. 3 (2015): e1500036.
  7. Fielding, E., M. Simons, S. Owen, P. Lundgren, H. Hua, P. Agram, Z. Liu et al., Rapid Imaging of Earthquake Ruptures with Combined Geodetic and Seismic Analysis. Procedia Technology 16 (2014): 876-885.
  8. Liu, Z., Owen, S., & Moore, A., Rapid Estimate and Modeling of Permanent Coseismic Displacements for Large Earthquakes Using High‐Rate Global Positioning System Data. Seism. Res. Lett., 85(2), 284-294, 2014.
  9. Protti, Marino, Victor González, Andrew V. Newman, Timothy H. Dixon, Susan Y. Schwartz, Jeffrey S. Marshall, Lujia Feng, Jacob I. Walter, Rocco Malservisi, and Susan E. Owen. "Nicoya earthquake rupture anticipated by geodetic measurement of the locked plate interface." Nature Geoscience 7, no. 2 (2014): 117-121.
  10. Minson, S. E., M. Simons, J. L. Beck, F. Ortega, J. Jiang, S. E. Owen, A. W. Moore, A. Inbal, and A. Sladen. "Bayesian inversion for finite fault earthquake source models–II: the 2011 great Tohoku-oki, Japan earthquake." Geophysical Journal International 198, no. 2 (2014): 922-940.
  11. Fielding, E. J., Lundgren, P. R., Taymaz, T., Yolsal‐Çevikbilen, S., & Owen, S. E., Fault‐Slip Source Models for the 2011 M 7.1 Van Earthquake in Turkey from SAR Interferometry, Pixel Offset Tracking, GPS, and Seismic Waveform Analysis. Seismological Research Letters, 84(4), 579-593, 2013.
  12. Yue, H., Lay, T., Schwartz, S., Rivera, L., Protti, M., Dixon, T., Owen, S. The 5 September 2012 Costa Rica Mw 7.6 earthquake rupture process from joint inversion of high-rate GPS, strong-motion, and teleseismic P wave data and its relationship to adjacent plate boundary interface properties, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, revisions submitted, 2013.
  13. Marshall, S., Funning, G., Owen, S., Fault Slip Rates and Interseismic Deformation in the Western Transverse Ranges, California, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50312, 2013.
  14. Wei, S., Helmberger, D., Owen, S., Graves, R. W., Hudnut, K. W., & Fielding, E. J., Complementary slip distributions of the largest earthquakes in the 2012 Brawley swarm, Imperial Valley, California, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 40, 5, pp 847-852, 2013.
  15. Lundgren, P., Poland, M., Miklius, A., Orr, T., Yun, S. H., Fielding, E., Liu, Z., Tanaka, A., Szeliga, W., Hensley, S., & Owen, S., Evolution of dike opening during the March 2011 Kamoamoa fissure eruption, Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi. J. Geophys. Res, 118, 897–914, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50108, 2013.
  16. Pritchard, M., Owen, S., Anandakrishnan, S., Holt, W., Bennett, R., La Femina, P., P. Jansma, I. MacGregor, C. Raymond, S. Schwartz, S. Stein, M. Miller. Open access to geophysical data sets requires community responsibility. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 93(26), 243-243, 2012.
  17. Miklius, A., Cervelli, P., Sako, M., Lisowski, M., Owen, S., Segall, P., Foster, J., Kamibayashi, K., and Brooks, B, Global positioning system measurements on the island of Hawai'i: 1997 through 2004. BiblioGov, 2013.

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