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Paul Lundgren

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-233
Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Earth Surface and Interior

Group Supervisor


Over 25 years experience in earthquake and plate boundary deformation research. Led GPS study of interseismic coupling of the Middle America subduction zone in Costa Rica. Has over 20 years experience applying SAR interferometry to earthquake and volcano source studies. Has extensive experience in integrating seismic waveforms and geophysical observations through inverse and forward numerical models to understand source processes of earthquakes, volcanoes, and crustal deformation. Current research focuses on combining numerical modeling of surface deformation of volcanoes, and fault systems on Earth. Current or past science investigator for ERS, ENVISAT, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X, COSMO-SkyMed, UAVSAR, and ALOS-2 SAR missions (ESA, DLR, ASI, NASA, JAXA respectively).


  • B.A., Physics, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (1979-1983)
  • M.S., Geophysics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (1983-1985)
  • Ph.D., Geophysics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (1985-1988)

Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1989-Present)
    • Earth Surface and Interior group supervisor, JPL(2016-Present)
    • Mentor: Caltech Postdoctoral Research Scholars at JPL J. Pearse. (2009-2011)
    • NASA PGGURP mentor for summer intern S. Nag (2008)
    • Mentor: two Caltech Postdoctoral Research Scholars at JPL (R. Lohman, Z. Liu) (2006-2008)
    • Deputy Project Scientist, Global Earthquake Satellite System (GESS) (2001-2002)
    • NASA Solid Earth Science Working Group (2001-2002)
    • Thesis committee, J. Salichon, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2002)
    • NASA Dynamics of the Solid Earth (DOSE) Center Scientist (1992-1996)
  • NATO Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica, Rome (1988-1989)

Research Interests

  • Volcano geodesy and processes
  • Earthquakes and fault mechanics
  • Anthropogenic fluid - lithosphere interactions

Selected Publications

  1. Lundgren, P., M. Nikkhoo, S. V. Samsonov, P. Milillo, and F. Gil (2017), Source model for the Copahue volcano magma plumbing system constrained by InSAR surface deformation observations, J. Geophys. Res., submitted.
  2. Nikkhoo, M., T. R. Walter, P. R. Lundgren, and P. Prats-Iraola (2017), Compound dislocation models (CDMs) for volcano deformation analysis, Geophys. J. Int., 208, 877-894, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw427.
  3. Milillo, P., R. Bürgmann, P. Lundgren, J. Salzer, D. Perissin, E. Fielding, F. Biondi, and G. Milillo (2016). Space geodetic monitoring of engineered structures: The ongoing destabilization of the Mosul dam, Iraq, Sci. Rep., 6, 37408, doi:10.1038/srep37408.
  4. Lundgren, P., A. Kiryukhin, P. Milillo, and S. Samsonov (2015), Dike model for the 2012-2013 Tolbachik eruption constrained by satellite radar interferometry observations, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 307, 79-88, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.05.011.
  5. Lundgren, P., S. V. Samsonov, C. M. López Velez, and M. Ordoñez (2015), Deep source model for Nevado del Ruiz Volcano, Colombia, constrained by interferometric synthetic aperture radar observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL063858.
  6. Riel, B., P. Milillo, M. Simons, P. Lundgren, H. Kanamori, and S. Samsonov (2015), The collapse of Bárdarbunga caldera, Iceland, Geophys. J. Int., 202, 446-453, doi:10.1093/gji/ggv157.
  7. Lundgren, P., M. Poland, A. Miklius, T. Orr, S.-H. Yun, E. Fielding, Z. Liu, A. Tanaka, W. Szeliga, S. Hensley, and S. Owen (2013), Evolution of dike opening during the March 2011 Kamoamoa fissure eruption, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50108.
  8. Pearse, J., and P. Lundgren (2013), Source model of deformation at Lazufre volcanic center, central Andes, constrained by InSAR time series, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 1059-1064, doi:10.1002/grl.50276.
  9. Richter, N., M. P. Poland, and P. R. Lundgren (2013), TerraSAR-X interferometry reveals small-scale deformation associated with the summit eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai'i, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 1279-1283, doi:10.1002/grl.50286.
  10. Liu, Z., D. Dong, and P. Lundgren (2011), Constraints on time-dependent volcanic dynamics at Long Valley Caldera from 1996 to 2009 using InSAR and geodetic measurements, Geophys. J. Int., 187, 1283-1300, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05214.x
  11. Lundgren, P., E. A. Hetland, Z. Liu, and E. J. Fielding (2009), Southern San Andreas-San Jacinto fault system slip rates estimated from earthquake cycle models constrained by GPS interferometric synthetic aperture radar observations, J. Geophys. Res., 114, B02403, doi:10.1029/2008JB005996.
  12. Fielding, E. J., P. R. Lundgren, R. Bürgmann, and G. J. Funning (2009), Shallow fault-zone dilatancy recovery after the 2003 Bam earthquake in Iran, Nature, 458, 64-68, doi:10.1038/nature07817.
  13. Finnegan, N. J., M. E. Pritchard, R. B. Lohman, and P. R. Lundgren (2008), Constraints on surface deformation in the Seattle, WA, urban corridor from satellite radar interferometry time-series analysis, Geophys. J. Int., 174, 29-41, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03822.x.
  14. Weinstein, S., and P. Lundgren (2008), Finite fault modeling in a tsunami warning center context, Pure Appl. Geophys. 165, 451-474.
  15. Lanari., R., F. Casu, M. Manzo, and P. Lundgren (2007), Application of the SBAS-DInSAR technique to fault creep: A case study of the Hayward fault, California, Remote Sens. Environ., 109, 20-28, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.12.003.
  16. Lundgren, P., and Z. Lu (2006), Inflation model of Uzon caldera, Kamchatka, constrained by satellite radar interferometry observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L063012, doi:10.1029/2005GL025181.
  17. Lanari, R. P. Lundgren, M. Manzo, F. Casu (2004), Satellite radar interferometry time series analysis of surface deformation for Los Angeles, California, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L23613, doi:10.1029/2004GL021294.
  18. Lanari, R., P. Berardino, S. Borgstrom, C. Del Gaudio, P. De Martino, G. Fornaro, S. Guarino, P. Ricciardi, E. Sansosti, and P. Lundgren (2004), The use of IFSAR and classical geodetic techniques for caldera unrest studies: Application to the Campi Flegrei uplift event of 2000, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 133, 247-260.
  19. Lundgren, P., F. Casu, M. Manzo, A. Pepe, P. Berardino, E. Sansosti, and R. Lanari (2004), Gravity and magma spreading of Mount Etna volcano revealed by radar interferometry, Geophys. Res. Lett, L04602, doi:10.1029/2003GL018736.
  20. Salichon, J., P. Lundgren, B. Delouis, and D. Giardini (2004), Slip history of the 1999, October 16, Mw=7.1, Hector Mine earthquake (California) from the inversion of InSAR, GPS and teleseismic data, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 94, 2015-2027.
  21. Lundgren, P., and P. A. Rosen (2003), Source model for the 2001 flank eruption of Mt. Etna volcano, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(7), 1388, doi:10.1029/2002GL016774.
  22. Lundgren, P., P. Berardino, M. Coltelli, G, Fornaro, R. Lanari (2003), G. Puglisi, E. Sansosti, and M. Tesauro, Coupled magma chamber inflation and sector collapse slip observed with syntheic aperture radar interferometry on Mt. Etna volcano, J. Geophys. Res., 108(B5), 2247, doi:10.1029/2001JB000657.
  23. Lundgren, P., and S. Stramondo (2002), Slip distribution of the 1997 Umbria-Marche earthquake sequence: Joint inversion of GPS and synthetic aperture radar interferometry data, J. Geophys. Res.,107(B11), 2316, doi:10.1029/2000JB000103.
  24. Delouis, B., D. Giardini, P. Lundgren, and J. Salichon (2002), Joint inversion of InSAR, teleseismic, and strong motion data for the spatial and temporal distribution of earthquake slip: Application to the 1999 Izmit mainshock, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 92, 278-299.
  25. Lundgren, P., S. Usai, E. Sansosti, R. Lanari, M. Tesauro, G, Fornaro, and P. Berardino (2001), Modeling surface deformation observed with synthetic aperture radar interferometry at Campi Flegrei caldera, J. Geophys. Res., 106,19,355-19,366.
  26. Delouis, B., P. Lundgren, J. Salichon, and D. Giardini (2000), Joint inversion of teleseismic and SAR data for the slip history of the Mw=7.4 Izmit (Turkey) earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 3389-3392, 2000.
  27. Lundgren, P., M. Protti, A. Donnellan, M. Heflin, E. Hernandez, D. Jefferson (1999), Seismic cycle and plate margin deformation in Costa Rica: GPS observations 1994-1997, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 28,915-28,926.
  28. Lundgren, P., D. Giardini, and R. M. Russo (1998), A geodynamic framework for eastern Mediterranean kinematics, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 4007-4010.
  29. Lanari, R., P. Lundgren, and E. Sansosti (1998), Dynamic deformation of Etna volcano observed by satellite radar interferometry, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 1541-1544.
  30. Lundgren, PR., and R. M. Russo (1996), Finite element modeling of crustal deformation in the North America -Caribbean plate boundary zone, J. Geophys. Res., 101, 11,317-11,327.
  31. Lundgren, P., and D. Giardini (1995), The 9 June Bolivia and March 9 Fiji deep earthquakes of 1994: I. Source processes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 2241-2244.
  32. Lundgren, P., F. Saucier, R. Palmer, and M. Langon (1995), Alaska crustal deformation: Finite element modeling constrained by geologic and VLBI data, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 22,033-22,045.
  33. Lundgren, P. R., and D. Giardini (1994), Isolated deep earthquakes and the fate of subduction in the mantle, J. Geophys. Res., 99, 15,833-15,842.
  34. Lundgren, P. R., S. Kornreich Wolf, M. Protti, and K. J. Hurst (1993), GPS measurements of crustal deformation associated with the 22 April 1991, Valle de la Estrella, Costa Rica Earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 20, 407-410.
  35. Lundgren, P.R., and D. Giardini (1992), Seismicity, shear failure and modes of deformation in deep subduction zones, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 74, 63-74.