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Project:  Analysis of Mako data sets collected over major active faults in Southern California
Disciplines:  Geophysics, remote sensing
Mentor:  Joann Stock, Professor, (GPS), jstock@gps.caltech.edu, Phone: 6263956938
Mentor URL:  https://www.gps.caltech.edu/people/joann-m-stock  (opens in new window)
Background:  This project is a collaboration with scientists at The Aerospace Corporation using data from their airborne sensor named Mako. We will use Mako data sets collected over major active faults cutting sedimentary rock sequences in Southern California. These sedimentary rock sequences are deformed and offset by the active faults. Some of the compositional differences in the sedimentary layers should be more obvious in thermal-infrared data than in visible light images. We will use Mako data to improve our lithological understanding of the sedimentary sequences that are displaced and deformed by the faults. This will allow us to better map the on-fault and near-fault deformation zones and contribute to the larger problems of how slip along these major fault zones has been distributed along and within the fault zones.
Description:  The student will process thermal infrared remote sensing data that were collected by airplane along some of the major fault zones in southern California. The software package ENVI will be used to process the data. This may be done either by remote desktop or on campus. Processing steps will be similar to those indicated in the references by Witkosky (cited below). We will have periodic meetings with researchers from The Aerospace Corporation to collaborate on the research.
References:  Dorsey, R.J., Housen, B.A., Janecke, S.U., Fanning, C.M., and Spears, A.L.F. (2011), “Stratigraphic record of basin development within the San Andreas fault system: Late Cenozoic Fish Creek–Vallecito basin, southern California,” Geological Society of America Bulletin, 123(5-6), 771-793, https://doi.org/10.1130/B30168.1.

Witkosky, R.D., Adams, P., Akçiz, S., Buckland, K., Harvey, J., Johnson, P., Lynch, D.K., Sousa, F., Stock, J., and Tratt, D. (2016), “Geologic swath map of the Lavic Lake fault from airborne thermal hyperspectral imagery,” Proceedings, 8th IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing - WHISPERS (Los Angeles, CA, August 21-24, 2016), https://doi.org/10.1109/WHISPERS.2016.8071769.

Witkosky, R.A., Stock, J.M., Tratt, D.M., Buckland, K.N., Adams, P.M., Johnson, P.D., Lynch, D.K., and Sousa, F.J. (2020), “The Lavic Lake fault: A long-term cumulative slip analysis via combined field work and thermal infrared hyperspectral airborne remote sensing,” Remote Sensing, 12(21), 3586, https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12213586
Student Requirements:  Background in Geology or Geophysics.
Familiarity with Linux operating system.
Completion of Caltech freshman core classes in Math, Physics, and Chemistry.

This project is open to US Citizens and to US Permanent Residents.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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