Diego Melgar, Department of Earth Sciences

Academic Areas:
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Seismology, Early Warning Systems

Diego Melgar is an academic expert in earthquakes, tsunamis, seismology, early warning systems, strong ground motion and geodetic imaging. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of earth sciences. Diego’s research focuses on the physics of large earthquakes and the hazards that they generate. He is especially interested in the rupture processes at faults and in how these generate tsunamis and strong shaking. He specializes in using diverse data sets including land-based, ocean-based, and space-based techniques to study major events around the globe. He also applies the basic science insights from these studies towards building the next generation of earthquake and tsunami early warning systems.

Contact: dmelgarm@uoregon.edu | 541-346-3488

Websites: http://www.dmelgar.com/people.html

Recent Media: 
When should we issue earthquake warnings? It’s complicated. (Popular Science, Nov. 22, 2019)
Earthquake size is not foretold in the first second of rupture, study finds, shortening warning times (Temblor, Oct. 14, 2019)
NASA Grant To Help NOAA Forecast Tsunami Strength And Location (KLCC, Sept. 30, 2019)
Private Companies Shake Up Mexico City’s Earthquake-Alert System (The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 23, 2019)
Quake survivor seeks solutions as UO professor (The Register-Guard, Sept. 23, 2019)
A Signal in Giant Earthquakes That Could Save Lives (The New York Times, May 29, 2019)
Discoveries about 2017 Mexican Earthquake Rattle Geologists (The Weather Channel, Oct. 26 ,2018)
Quake split a tectonic plate in two, and geologists are shaken (National Geographic, Oct. 24, 2018)
Why tsunamis are so difficult to predict (The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 22, 2018)
¿Qué tan difícil es predecir un tsunami? (CNN en Español, Oct. 2, 2018)
Mexico City’s potent 2017 earthquake was a rare ‘bending’ quake – and it could happen again (The Conversation, March 12, 2018)