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Eric Geist

The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


Eric Geist is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, where he has worked for over three decades. Throughout his career, he has focused on computer modeling of geophysical phenomena, including large-scale deformation of the earth in response to tectonic forces and the physics of tsunami generation. For the last ten years, his research has focused on improving our ability to forecast tsunamis and their sources. Eric has authored over 120 journal articles and abstracts, including an article in Scientific American on the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and several review papers on tsunamis

Research Interest

earthquake probabilities hazards tsunamis computational methods mathematical modeling


  • Geist, E.L., and Lynett, P.J., 2014, Source processes for the probabilistic assessment of tsunami hazards: Oceanography,

  • Geist, E.L., 2014, Explanation of temporal clustering of tsunami sources using the epidemic-type aftershock sequence model: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 104, p. 2091-2103

  • Geist, E.L., and Parsons, T., 2016, Reconstruction of far-field tsunami amplitude distributions from earthquake sources: Pure and Applied Geophysics

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