California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

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Brent Minchew

Brent Minchew

Grad Student in Geophysics

BS 2008, Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
MSE 2010, Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 364
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6931
Fax: (626) 564-0715
Email: bminchew@gps.caltech.edu
Website: http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~bminchew/

Research

I am interested in applications of geodetic methods and numerical models to investigating the fundamental mechanics of glacier flow. My work has focused on improving the accuracy of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) techniques for glacial applications so that small velocity variations in the ice flow can be inferred on synoptic scales. These velocity variations inform our understanding of the salient physics of the ice/bedrock interface and are likely to reveal important insights into how glaciers will respond to the changing climate.

My other research interests include studying mantle dynamics in subduction zones using seismologic data and applications of geodetic methods to natural and manmade disaster relief and mitigation.