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Frederik J. Simons - Research

Spectral Variance

I am a geologically inspired, geophysically educated, computationally motivated and mathematically minded geoscientist interested in the seismic, mechanical, thermal and magnetic properties of the Earth's lithosphere — and of the terrestrial planets and moons. I enjoy analyzing complex, large, and heterogeneous geophysical data sets, and design theoretical and computational inverse methods and statistical techniques to be able to do so — especially for partially observed processes modeled on a sphere. No amount of sophistication can cure a fundamental data limitation: I am developing floating hydrophones to open up the sparsely instrumented oceanic domains for global tomography.

Research Interests

Analysis of sea level variations and polar ice melting

Wavelet analysis in seismology, geophysics, and beyond

Oceanic instrumentation  — Projects MERMAID and Son-O-Mermaid

Theoretical signal & spectral analysis on the sphere and in the plane

Analysis of gravity & topography & large earthquakes

Seismic, mechanical & thermal properties of the lithosphere

Regional seismic surface-wave tomography

Study of (planetary) lithospheres and magnetic field properties

(Non-)destructive analysis of geological materials