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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 Geosciences -- 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, Kyle Smith
previous group members:
Yun Wang (postdoc), Ulrika Cahayani (MS 2014)


Prospective students
CV and publications

     Geophysical Institute
     GI Seismology and Geodesy 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.