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Carl Tape's webpage

Assistant Professor of Geophysics
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute and Department of Geology & Geophysics
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Email ctape[a]
Mailing Address University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute
903 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK  99775-7320
Office Location Geophysical Institute
Elvey building, Room 413D
(map of UAF, mini map)
Phone 907-474-5456 (office)

I am an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the Geophysical Institute (GI) and the Department of Geology and Geophysics -- see the GI Seismology Group website for more details. I conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. I completed my PhD in geophysics at the Seismological Laboratory at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California.

At UAF I teach Applied Seismology (GEOS 626) and Inverse Problems and Parameter Estimation (GEOS 627).

Research group:
Amir Allam (postdoc), Celso Alvizuri, Vipul Silwal, Ulrika Cahayani, Kyle Smith
previous group members:
Yun Wang (postdoc)


Prospective students
CV and publications

     Geophysical Institute
     GI Seismology Group
     Alaska Earthquake Center
     Arctic Region Supercomputing Center
     EarthScope in Alaska
      newspaper articles on Minto Flats project: hidden faults, Minto
      article on 1964 Alaska earthquake simulation (livescience)
      2013 seismic imaging conference in Fairbanks jointly sponsored by CIG-QUEST-IRIS
      newspaper article on earthquake simulations (Anchorage, Fairbanks)


alaska1964 snapshot
Snapshot of a 3D wavefield simulation for the 1964 Alaska earthquake (Mw 9).
White lines = faults and plate boundaries; green dots = seismic stations; yellow dots = Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau.
The simulation used the code SPECFEM3D_GLOBE and was performed on the "pacman" cluster
at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Play the movie on youtube here or download the movie here.
A high-resolution version of this simulation can be watched on youtube here.

Snapshots of a 3D wavefield simulation for a Mw 4.6 earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska,
showing the strong effects of Cook Inlet basin on the seismic wavefield.
A = Anchorage, RV = Redoubt volcano, K = Kenai.
Play the movie on
youtube here or download the movie here .

Snapshot of a 3D wavefield simulation for an earthquake in southern California.
This earthquake was used in the tomographic inversion presented here.
Image credit: SPECFEM3D and Santiago Lombeyda.

Alaska is one of the most seismically active regions on Earth.
This shows earthquakes with Mw >= 4 from 1990-2010.
The deeper earthquakes highlight the subducting Pacific plate.

Problems with the webpage: please email me.