Andy Nowacki

University of Leeds
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Status

I am a seismologist and Lecturer in Geophysics at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, studying the inside of the Earth using observations and simulations of seismic waves emitted by earthquakes.

Office

8.134

Address

School of Earth and Environment,
University of Leeds,
Leeds
LS2 9JT
UK

Email

a.nowacki@leeds.ac.uk

Telephone

+44 (0)113 343 9630

Research Interests

  • Mantle flow
  • D″ structure and anisotropy
  • Microseismicity beneath volcanoes and in reservoirs (geothermal and petroleum)
  • Dynamics and seismicity of Earth’s transition zone (410–660 km) and uppermost lower mantle
  • Seismic monitoring of industrial processes
  • Seismic structure of mid-ocean ridge

The core-mantle boundary region is where mantle plumes may originate, tectonic slabs terminate and the rocky mantle and liquid iron outer core meet. My research involves using seismic observations, mineral physical predictions and geodynamic simulations to try and better understand this poorly-known part of the deep Earth. So far my research has involved making measurements of seismic anisotropy and forward modelling the seismic wavefield in complicated media. I have also investigated microseismicity in rifting regions such as Iceland and Ethiopia, and studied melting processes beneath mid-ocean ridges.