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.