Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Computational Laboratory for Fault System Modeling, Analysis, and Data Assimilation

Dr. Kristy Tiampo, Director
NSERC & Aon Benfield/ICLR Chair in Earthquake Hazard Assessment

The computational modeling and data assimilation lab contains nine state-of-the-art computer workstations designed for visualization and data analysis of large quantities of geodetic and seismic data, attached to a multi-disk storage array with more than one terabyte of capacity.  These workstations are equipped with the latest in commercial and academic research software designed for the analysis of geodetic data and remote sensing images, modeling of the earthquake system using finite element analysis and integrated computational fault models, and includes the capability to perform parallel computing, all for the express purpose of performing near real-time data assimilation and inversion analysis in order to better understand the earthquake fault system.

GPS network



Hudson Bay stations, green triangles

We operate and maintain a small set of continuous GPS stations throughout eastern Canada. These include three stations between Ottawa and along Hudson Bay, three stations near Toronto at the southwestern tip of Lake Ontario, one on Georgian Bay of Lake Huron, and one station to be installed on the Saint Lawrence east of Quebec City. A number of these stations have been operating since late 2004, while the Hudson Bay stations were installed in mid-2008. All data is freely available for research purposes upon request (