4800 Oak Grove Drive
My research is directed towards understanding the environmental controls on landslide and rock glacier motion. To better constrain the mechanisms that control landslides and rock glaciers, I use satellite and airborne synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR) and pixel offset tracking with SAR and optical imagery to quantify their motion. I examine relationships between kinematics and precipitation and also develop and apply mechanical-hydrological models. Current work is focused on examining how landslides are responding to extreme precipitation; identifying precursory deformations that precede catastrophic landslides; developing mechanical-hydrological models that can describe slow, steady motion and runaway acceleration of landslides; developing open-access tools for landslide detection for rapid response; inventorying active slow-moving landslides and rock glaciers in the Western US; characterizing rock glacier kinematics in response to changes in snow melt and in different climate regimes; quantifying the amount of water stored in rock glaciers.
Landslides, Rock Glaciers, Geodesy (InSAR), Process Geomorphology, Landscape Evolution, Groundwater hydrology, Gas hydrates and Submarine Landslides.