University of California, Riverside

Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Gareth Funning

Gareth Funning

Associate Professor

D.Phil. in Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, 2005

Specialty: Earthquake Processes/ Active Tectonics

Phone: (951) 827-2037
Office: Geology 438B

Research Interests:

My research interests revolve around trying to understand the processes at work in deforming the lithosphere, and controlling the behavior of active faults both during and between earthquakes. The development and refinement over the past decade of high-precision space geodetic tools such as InSAR and GPS have given us a wealth of data on the movement of the Earth's surface, which we can use to test models of continental deformation and faulting. 

Recent Projects:

Recently I have been exploring synergies between space geodesy and seismology, including joint inversions of both data types for the evolution of fault slip in earthquakes, study of repeating earthquake sequences on faults to place constraints on the depth of creep, and detailed comparisons of earthquake centroid locations to identify potential biases in Earth velocity models. 

I remain very interested in modeling InSAR data from earthquakes, and have been working on refining the methodology to include treatment of more complex fault surfaces, realistic topography and better treatment of uncertainties, resolution and statistical significance.

Since the whole point of being a geologist is to spend time outdoors, I also maintain ongoing GPS field projects in northern and southern California, targeting fault creep (the northern San Francisco Bay area), areas of fault complexity (the San Jacinto Fault zone, the Ventura Fault zone), areas undergoing postseismic deformation (the epicentral areas of the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah and 2014 South Napa earthquakes), and deformation related to geothermal power production (The Geysers, CA). And we (my students, collaborators and I) are working on modeling all those data right now!

M A Floyd, R J Walters, J R Elliott, G J Funning, J L Svarc, J R Murray, A J Hooper, Y Larsen, P Marinkovic, R Bürgmann, I A Johanson, and T J Wright, 2016, Rupture and afterslip of the 2014 South Napa earthquake reveal spatial variations in fault friction related to lithology, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL069428

E Nissen, J R Elliott, R A Sloan, T J Craig, G J Funning, A Hutko, B E Parsons and T J Wright, 2016, Limitations of rupture forecasting exposed by instantaneously triggered earthquake doublet, Nature Geoscience, in press, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2653

G J Funning, Y Fukahata, Y Yagi and B Parsons, 2014, A method for the joint inversion of geodetic and seismic waveform data using ABIC: application to the 1997 Manyi, Tibet, earthquake, Geophys. J. Int., in press, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt406.

S T Marshall, G J Funning and S E Owen, 2013, Fault slip rates and interseismic deformation in the western Transverse Ranges, California, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 4511-4534,  doi:10.1002/jgrb.50312.

M A Floyd and G J Funning, 2013, Continuation of survey GPS measurements and installation of continuous GPS sites at The Geysers, California, for geothermal deformation monitoring, Geothermal Resources Council Trans., 37, 895-898.

J Weston, A M G Ferreira and G J Funning, 2012, Systematic comparisons of earthquake source models determined using InSAR and seismic data, Tectonophysics, 532, 61-81.

S Salvi, S Stramondo, G J  Funning, A Ferretti, F Sarti and A Mouratidis, 2012, The Sentinel-1 mission for the improvement of the scientific understanding and the operational monitoring of the seismic cycle, Rem. Sens. Env., 120, 164-174.

Z Li, P Pasquali, A Cantone, A Singleton, G Funning and D Forrest, 2012, MERIS Atmospheric Water Vapor Correction Model for Wide Swath Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, IEEE Geosci. Rem. Sens. Lett., 9, 257-261.

J Weston, A M G Ferreira and G J Funning, 2011, Global compilation of interferometric synthetic aperture radar earthquake source models: 1. Comparisons with seismic catalogs, J. Geophys. Res., 116, B08408, doi:10.1029/2010JB008131.

A M G Ferreira, J Weston and G J Funning, 2011, Global compilation of interferometric synthetic aperture radar earthquake source models: 2. Effects of 3‐D Earth structure, J. Geophys. Res., 116, B08409, doi:10.1029/2010JB008132.

E J Fielding, P R Lundgren, R Bürgmann and G J Funning, 2009, Shallow fault-zone dilatancy recovery after the 2003 Bam earthquake in Iran, Nature, 458, 64-68.

G Baer, G J Funning, G Shamir and T J Wright, 2008, The 1995 November 22, Mw 7.2 Gulf of Elat earthquake cycle revisited, Geophys. J. Int., 175, 1040-1054.

G J Funning, R Burgmann, A Ferretti, F Novali and A Fumagalli, 2007, Creep on the Rodgers Creek fault, northern San Francisco Bay area, from a 10-year PS-InSAR dataset, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L19306, doi:10.1029/2007GL030836.

G J Funning, B Parsons and T J Wright, 2007, Fault slip in the 1997 Manyi, Tibet earthquake from linear elastic modelling of InSAR displacements, Geophys. J. Int., 169, 988-1008.

I Ryder, B Parsons, T J Wright and G J Funning, 2007, Post-seismic motion following the 1997 Manyi (Tibet) earthquake: InSAR observations and modelling, Geophys. J. Int., 169, 1009--1027.

E Nissen, B Emmerson, G J Funning, A Mistrukov, B Parsons, D P Robinson and T J Wright, 2007, Combining InSAR and seismology to study the 2003 Siberian Altai earthquakes - dextral strike-slip and anticlockwise rotations in the northern India-Eurasia collision zone, Geophys. J. Int., 169, 216-232.

J Jackson, M Bouchon, E Fielding, G Funning, M Ghorashi, D Hatzfeld, H Nazari, B Parsons, K Priestley, M Talebian, M Tatar, R Walker and T Wright, 2006, Seismotectonic, rupture process and earthquake hazard aspects of the 26 December 2003 Bam earthquake, Geophys. J. Int.., 166, 1270-1292.

J Biggs, E Bergman, B Emmerson, G J Funning, J A Jackson, B Parsons and T J Wright, 2006, Fault identification for buried strike-slip earthquakes using InSAR: the 1994 and 2004 Al Hoceima, Morocco earthquakes, Geophys. J. Int.., 166, 1347-1362.

G J Funning, B Parsons, T J Wright, J A Jackson and E J Fielding, 2005, Surface displacements and source parameters of the 2003 Bam, Iran earthquake from Envisat Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery, J. Geophys. Res., 110 (B9), B09406, doi:10.1029/2004JB003338.

G J Funning, R M D Barke, S H Lamb, E Minaya, B E Parsons and T J Wright, 2005, The 1998 Aiquile, Bolivia earthquake: an active fault revealed with InSAR, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 232, 39-49.

M Talebian, E J Fielding, G J Funning, M Ghorashi, J A Jackson, H Nazari, B E Parsons, K Priestley, P Rosen, R Walker and T J Wright, 2004, The 2003 Bam (Iran) earthquake: rupture of a blind strike-slip fault, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31 (11), L11611, doi:10.1029/2004GL02005

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