New methods of seismic tomography for imaging flow processes in the mantle
The primary focus of current graduate students in the Panning research group is on applying new methods for inverting for seismic anisotropy. The students are engaging in a research project to test this new approach, and then apply it to regional and global modeling of broadband seismic data. The method integrates surface wave data with SKS splitting measurements in order to constrain both the strength and orientation of anisotropy for more direct comparison with flow modeling. The current primary focus is applying these datasets to models of North American structure using USArray data.
Other potential projects
Other projects are possible, depending on the interest of prospective students and availability of funding. Applications of the above modeling to other regions will be performed. Planetary seismology applications, including modeling of potential data from proposed seismometers on the Moon and Mars is an ongoing interest.