Using advanced modeling and simulation, seismic data generated by earthquakes, and one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, a team led by Jeroen Tromp of Princeton University is creating a detailed 3-D picture of Earth’s interior. Currently, the team is focused on imaging the entire globe from the surface to the core–mantle boundary, a depth of 1,800 miles.
Three projects with the potential for broad impacts in science and technology have been selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. The projects include a technology for improving ultrasound's grainy images (Prof. Jeroen Tromp), a system for boosting biofuel production, and a facility for designing and testing new wind power technologies.
Published on the Princeton University Facebook account this morning was Prof. Jeroen Tromp's statement on yesterday's Virginia earthquake. Appearing along side the statement was a Global ShakeMovie documenting the earthquake and an array of comments coming in from all facets of Facebook life.