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The goal of the SIGMA research group is to better understand natural disasters and reduce the risks they pose.

How fast can ice sheets disintegrate? Why do volcanoes erupt? Can we manage the risk posed by induced earthquakes? And how can leverage our growing understand to reduce risk? To us, these unanswered questions are at the sweet spot of being relevant to society and scientifically fascinating.

The SIGMA research group leverages insights from different natural systems to understand the processes that govern the onset and evolution of extreme events and reduce the risks they pose. We approach this task through mathematical models, customized for the problem at hand, validated against observational data, and informed by communities needs. 

 

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News & Announcements

TEDx talk on High-purpose computing

Jenny Suckale shows us how the behavior of a melting glacier in the Antarctic doesn’t act like a melting ice cube, and why that matters.

Fully funded PhD position at the SIGMA research group

The SIGMA research group in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University has two fully funded PhD positions available for fall 2021.

SIGMA is presenting at AGU 2020

Here is a list of our contributions for the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.