• Earth and Environmental Systems

Full Professorship (W 3) for Remote Sensing in Geo-/Environmental Sciences and GFZ Section Head position

The University of Potsdam, Faculty of Science, Institute of Geosciences, together with the Institute for Environmental Science and Geography, hereby announces a joint professorship under the Jülich Model with the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences to be filled as soon as possible: Full Professorship (W 3) for Remote Sensing in Geo-/Environmental Sciences and GFZ Section Head position Scope of the position: Representation of Remote Sensing in research and teaching at the University of Potsdam, with a focus on Earth and environmental scienc

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Highlights from Earth System Science

Jonathan Weiss at a GPS Ground Motion Observartoy in the higher Andes.
Photo: J. Weiss
Jonathan Weiss while monitoring GPS-Ground Motion sensors in the Andean Highlands

 

From GPS to geodynamics

how surface measurements help understand earthquakes and Earth structure

The primary interest of Jonathan Weiss has been to understand how mountains are built. While there are some well-established theories of orogenesis – the lingua franca term for mountain building - many aspects of how, when and why mountain ranges are created remain a mystery. This is especially true for the Andes; the 7,500-kilometer-long chain of mountains and volcanoes at the border of the South American continent and the Pacific Ocean. On one side, the Nazca and Pacific tectonic plates are forced to dig deep into the Earth’s mantle. On the other side, much of South America remains stable. The compressional forces associated with this convergence result in the rise of the Andes and geological hazards such as explosive volcanoes and high intensity earthquakes are common. Jonathan is particularly interested in the formation of the eastern portion of the Andes in southern Bolivia where the mountain range is youngest and seismic hazard is arguably drastically underestimated. 

 

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Jonathan Weiss at a GPS Ground Motion Observartoy in the higher Andes.
Photo: J. Weiss
Jonathan Weiss while monitoring GPS-Ground Motion sensors in the Andean Highlands

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