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Three Announcements from the SCEC Community

Date: 07/08/2022

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

  • Fully-funded PhD scholarships in Singapore
  • AGU Session GC076 - Science and Technology towards Achieving Surface Topography and Vegetation Structure Measurements
  • Seismica is Open for Submissions


On behalf of Aron Meltzner, Nanyang Technological University

Fully-funded PhD scholarships in Singapore

Dear Colleagues,

The Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore is offering fully-funded PhD scholarships for outstanding students within any area of our faculty’s specializations.

Founded in 2015, the Asian School of the Environment is an interdisciplinary school with a focus on earth and environmental challenges in and around Asia.  Our PhD students benefit from our diverse, inclusive and dynamic work environment as well as state-of-the-art laboratory and computer facilities.​  ASE integrates earth and environmental life science, ecology, engineering and technology, human ecology, humanities, and the social sciences to address key issues of the environment and sustainability.  The School offers a 4-year PhD programme in Earth Sciences.

ASE is built upon existing research strengths of NTU’s two Research Centres of Excellence, namely, the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE).  The mission of the School is to develop research platforms in areas such as the identification of and adaptation to natural hazards and changing climate; environmental damage as a result of human activities; understanding and addressing critical challenges of sustaining a clean environment; and the sustainable use of water resources.

Fully-funded 4-years PhD scholarships are currently available for the mid-year intake in January 2023, with application deadline being 31st July 2022.

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to first contact potential faculty, and to apply here.

In particular, members of this e-mail list may have interest in working under one or more of the following faculty:

  • Associate Professor Emma Hill
  • Associate Professor Sang-Ho Yun
  • Assistant Professor Aron Meltzner
  • Assistant Professor Shengji Wei
  • Assistant Professor Tong Ping


On behalf of Andrea Donnellan, JPL

AGU Session GC076 - Science and Technology towards Achieving Surface Topography and Vegetation Structure Measurements

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to AGU GC076 - Science and Technology towards Achieving Surface Topography and Vegetation Structure Measurements

The 2017 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space identified the Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) as a targeted observable for maturation.  STV will acquire high-resolution, global height measurements, including bare surface land topography, ice topography, vegetation structure, and shallow water bathymetry. These measurements will serve a broad range of science and applications objectives that span solid earth, cryosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere disciplines.  A common set of measurements could meet many of the community needs serving a wide array of disciplines. STV objectives would be best met by new observing strategies that employ flexible multi-source and sensor measurements from a variety of orbital and sub-orbital assets. Science and application objectives focusing on Solid Earth, Vegetation Structure, Cryosphere, Hydrology, and Coastal Processes would be best met by new, 3-dimensional observations from lidar, radar, and stereo photogrammetry. Simulations, experiments, data analysis and technology development in interferometric SAR, lidar and stereo photogrammetry approaches, platform options and system architectures will all mature STV toward an observing system. This session invites submissions on science and technology maturation activities for STV. The complete STV report from the first incubation study team can be found at https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/decadal-stv.


Andrea Donnellan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Craig L Glennie, University of Houston


On behalf of Christie Rowe, McGill University

Seismica is Open for Submissions

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce the launch of Seismica, a new Diamond Open Access Journal in Seismology and Earthquake Science. Seismica is an independent journal, designed and built by a global team of researchers with the aim of making research in science and engineering freely available, with no publication or subscription fees.

Seismica publishes research articles, opinion articles, and a set of peer-reviewed reports including fast reports, null results/failed experiments, software reports, and instrument deployment/field campaign reports.  We accept papers within the very broad scope of fault slip and earthquake source phenomena, earthquake records, imaging the Earth, theoretical and computational seismology, beyond Earth-tectonic applications, techniques and instrumentation, earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, and community engagement, communication, and outreach.

Seismica is led by an international team of over 40 people spanning these disciplines, including experts in open science and data, equity, diversity and inclusion, outreach and communication, and digital media.  These volunteers cover the traditional editorial roles like in any other journal as well as the journal’s full-time management and operation (tech support, copy editing, branding and communications).  As a community-run journal, we are designed to respond to community needs, and will continue to build our author, reviewer, and editor development programme over the coming months.

Seismica is hosted by the McGill University Library and runs on the Open Journal Systems platform, an open-source journal hosting system offered free by the Public Knowledge Project. McGill is supporting the assignment of digital object identifiers (DOIs) to each article upon acceptance, so Seismica’s articles are fully citable.

For more information, please visit our website at Seismica.org and sign up to join the reviewer database (https://seismica.eu.pythonanywhere.com) or join our mailing list for announcements (Seismica Mailchimp Link). Visit us on the web at seismica.org and follow us on social media (@weareseismica).

Seismica Management Committee:

Executive Editors:  Christie Rowe, Community (McGill University), Kate Rychert, EDI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Sam Teplitzky, Open Science (University of California Berkeley), Carmine Galasso, Operations (University College London) and Gareth Funning, Production (University of California Riverside)

Team Chairs: Tran Huynh, Media & Branding (Southern California Earthquake Center), Kiran Kumar Thingbaijam, Fast Reports (GNS Science), Hannah Mark, Standards & Copy-Editing (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Théa Ragon, Standards & Copy-Editing (Caltech), Martijn van den Ende, Tech (Université Côte d’Azur), Thomas Lecocq, Tech (Royal Observatory of Belgium), Greg Beroza, Editorial Mentoring (Stanford University).



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