Professor Phil Cummins
Most of my research focusses on understanding earthquakes and how they affect us. This includes understanding why earthquakes occur where they do, how big they can be, and how efficiently they generate seismic waves. It also involves the study of the generation and propagation of tsunamis, and the focusing and attenuation of seismic waves by earth structure. The topics my group is actively researching include:
- Rapid, accurate and reliable estimation of earthquake slip distributions and sea surface displacement associated with undersea earthquakes.
- The effects of sedimentary basins (mainly in Indonesia) on the focusing and amplification of seismic waves.
- Characterisation of earthquake potential through measurement of crustal strain accumulation.
- Improving tsunami warning systems through rapid and reliable earthquake source characterization and tsunami forecasts.
- Earthquake source effects on ground motion and building damage.
Through my work at Geoscience Australia, I am also involved in efforts to assist developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to improve their ability to assess earthquake and tsunami hazard.
- Collaborator, Realistic tsunami modeling with seafloor loading and density stratification
- Collaborator, Seismographic Studies on Basin Effects in the Amplification of Seismic Waves in Indonesia
- Collaborator, Source Mechanism Determination for Improved Seismic Hazard Assessment in Indonesia
- Collaborator, Transdimensional Bayesian finite fault inversion
- Supervisor, Finite Fault inversion using the W-Phase
- Supervisor, Geohazards
- Supervisor, Improving tsunami warning systems: fast and reliable estimation of source parameters of large earthquakes using long period W-phase data
- Supervisor, Time-Reverse imaging of the tsunami source