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Undergraduate degrees gain IEMA accreditation

SEE's BSc and MEnv in Sustainability and Environmental Management has been accredited...

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The School of Earth and Environment now has it's own blog. Find out about everything from frogspawn and fruit to the launch of satellites - updated from all around the world.

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CRR Conference 2014

The BOSS research group within the Sustainability Research Institute is running the Corporate...

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New satellite maps out Napa Valley earthquake

Scientists have used a new Earth-observation satellite called Sentinel-1A to map the ground movements caused by the earthquake that shook up California’s wine-producing Napa Valley on 24 August 2014.

This is the first earthquake to be mapped by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) new satellite and demonstrates the capabilities of the Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) in analysing its observations quickly.

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A radar interferogram from Sentinel-1A showing how the ground moved in the Napa Valley earthquake. Each coloured fringe is caused by a change in distance between the ground and the satellite of about 3cm. The extent of the ground deformation in the interferogram shows that the fault slip which occurred in this earthquake continues further north than the extent of the mapped rupture at the surface.
Credit: Copernicus data (2014)/ESA/PPO.labs-Norut–COMET-SEOM Insarap study.
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