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Mechanism for active subsidence of the Dunedin volcano

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Academic background
Sciences
Host campus
Dunedin
Qualification
Master’s
Department
Geology
Supervisors
Professor Mark Stirling, Dr Paul Denys (Surveying), Dr Pilar Villamor (GNS Science)

Overview

This project will seek to determine the cause of the present c. 0.8mm/yr subsidence of the Dunedin volcano, as determined from the last 1–2 decades of geodetic data from rock sites across the volcano.

Elastic and/or viscoelastic modelling of post seismic deformation from late Holocene Akatore Fault earthquakes (constrained in recent paleoseismic studies) will be a definite line of investigation in the project.

The project will be suitable for a student with interests in deformation modelling and active tectonics, and with a willingness to learn with deformation modelling software.

Contact

Mark Stirling
Email   mark.stirling@otago.ac.nz