Diego Melgar

PhD Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Background and research interests

Diego obtained a BEng in Geophysics from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 2009. He obtained an MSc in Geophysics from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2010. He works under Professor Yehuda Bock in real-time geodesy and seismology and is concerned with rapid modeling of large earthquakes and their associated phenomena. The most interesting aspect of rapid earthquake source models is their capacity to produce rapid tsunami waves.

Diego is a seismologist. But he has tried to avoid being a one-dimensional scientist and moved from the normal bounds of seismology on to broader questions. One of them is how to adequately model tsunamis in the near-field and in near-real time from measured geophysical data. This data can be on-shore GPS or seismometry or offshore GPS buoy, DART buoy or tide gauge data.