Project Overview

Deep Earth Imaging of the Alaskan Subduction Zone

Faculty Sponsor

Aubreya Adams (


Earth and Environmental Geosciences


The subduction zone along Alaska's southern margin is both seismically and volcanically active, and has hosted the second largest earthquake in recorded history. Yet, the properties of the earthquakes and volcanoes vary across the subduction zone. This summer, you can use computer modeling skills to build a model of the subsurface - forming "pictures" of rock properties at depth. This summer, we will focus on calculated the ratios of existing models to search for signs of water in the upper mantle.

Student Qualifications

The vast majority of research for this project is conducted on a computer, so applicants should be comfortable with developing new computer skills. Familiarity with Unix, Matlab, and/or Python will be helpful, but can also be learned during the summer. At least one class in Geology, Physics or Computer Science is required.

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 10/03/2023 and close on 02/28/2024

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