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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Mautner Memorial Lecture Series

The 2015 Mautner Memorial Lecture Series this year will be featuring Barbara Romanowicz. She is a professor of Geophysics at the University of California, Berkeley & and Chair of the Physics of the Earth's Interior at the Collège de France, Paris. Lectures held on Feb. 18th & 19th

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Greetings from the Chairman


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 235B - Geocheminar

Title: TBD
Date: March 3, 2015
Time: noon - 1 p.m.

ESS 245B - Tectonics Seminar

Title: Xing-TBD
Date: March 4, 2015
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Speaker: Zheng Xing

ESS 295B - EPSS Colloquium

Title: Newman-TBD
Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: William Newman

News and Announcements

2/07/2015 - Bill Schopf and his team discover organism that hasn't evolved in more than 2 billion years

An international team of scientists, led by EPSS Professor Schopf, has discovered the greatest absence of evolution ever reported — a ...

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 ...