Researchers awarded 83 million hours of supercomputer time

Led by UCLA geophysics professor Jonathan Aurnou, the team will use the Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory to simulate the generation of the Earth’s magnetic field, using Rayleigh Code, computer software designed for this specific purpose at the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG) at UC Davis. The researchers will also simulate the magnetic field generation occurring inside Jupiter and the Sun.

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Emmanuel Masongsong featured in Multiverse Blog

Masongsong explains the Planeterrella, a miniature Earth model that can simulate the aurora (Northern Lights) and other plasma phenomena, the sight of which causes "children and adults to shriek with delight, 'ooh-ing' and 'aah-ing' at the eerie glow of plasma suspended in a ring before their very eyes.

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In the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, we seek to understand the Earth and the planets. Our students, researchers, and faculty tackle a wide range of problems, from the Sun to the most distant planets, and from the center of the Earth to the tenuous ionized gases of the solar wind. We probe the interior of the Earth using seismic data, laboratory measurements, and computer modeling. We study both the ancient tectonics of the Earth and its ongoing activity. We explore Earth's upper atmosphere using spacecraft to measure magnetic fields and plasmas. Moving outward from Earth, we study other planets, their interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and particle and field environments.

--Kevin McKeegan

Upcoming Events

ESS 295B - EPSS Colloquium

Title: TBD
Date: Jan. 27, 2015
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: Seul Gi Moon

ESS 245B - Tectonics Seminar

Title: Stubailo-TBD
Date: Jan. 28, 2015
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Speaker: Igor Stubailo

ESS 295B - EPSS Colloquium

Title: Tectonic Evolution of a Young Orogen: The Greater Caucasus
Date: Jan. 29, 2015
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: Adam Forte

News and Announcements

1/22/2015 - Sarah Stamps: Role of mantle flow in Nubia-Somalia plate divergence

Sarah Stamps has just published a paper in Geophysical Research Letters which discusses present-day continental extension along the East African ...

12/25/2014 - Aradhna Tripati honored with E.O. Wilson Award for biodiversity conservation

Aradhna Tripati was presented the annual E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation Dec. 17 by the ...

12/11/2014 - Aradhna Tripati is quoted in the Huffington Post

According to UCLA professor Aradhna Tripati, the lead author on that paper, "The last time carbon dioxide levels were apparently ...