Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Kerry Edward Sieh

Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore

Asian School of the Environment
College of Science

Phone: (+65)65138093
Office: N2-01a-10

  • PhD Stanford University 1977
  • BA University of California, Riverside 1972
Nanyang Technological University
2008 – present. Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore []
2008 – present. Professor of Geology

California Institute of Technology
1986 – 2008. Professor of Geology
1982 – 1986. Associate Professor of Geology
1977 – 1982. Assistant Professor of Geology
Research Interests
My principal research interest is earthquake geology, which uses geological layers and landforms to understand the geometries of active faults, the earthquakes they generate, and the crustal structure their movements produce. My early work on the San Andreas fault led to the discovery of how often and how regularly it produces large earthquakes in southern California.

More recently, my students and colleagues and I investigated Taiwan's multitude of active faults and figured out how their earthquakes are creating that mountainous island. We are currently exploring the earthquake geology of Myanmar (Burma). Our principal current research interest is the subductionmegathrust that produced the devastating giant Sumatran earthquakes and Indian Ocean tsunamis of 2004 and 2005. That research suggests that the megathrust is poised to produce yet another giant earthquake in western Sumatra.

I am also now involved in creation of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, which aims to conduct basic and applied research related to earthquake, tsunami, volcanic, and climate hazards.
Selected Publications
  • Meltzner, Aron J.; Sieh, Kerry; Chiang, Hong-Wei; Wu, Chung-Che; Tsang, Louisa L. H.; Shen, Chuan-Chou; Hill, Emma M.; Suwargadi, Bambang W.; Natawidjaja, Danny H.; Philibosian, Belle; Briggs, Richard W. (2015). Time-varying interseismic strain rates and similar seismic ruptures on the Nias-Simeulue patch of the Sunda megathrust. Quaternary Science Reviews, 122, 258-281.
  • E. M. Hill, H. Yue, S. Barbot, T. Lay, P. Tapponnier, I. Hermawan, J. Hubbard, P. Banerjee, L. Feng, D. Natawidjaja, K. Sieh. (2015). The 2012 Mw 8.6 Wharton Basin earthquake: A cascade of great earthquakes generated by near-orthogonal, young, oceanic-mantle faults. Journal of Geophysical research, 120, 3723-3747.
  • Hill, Emma M.; Yue, Han; Barbot, Sylvain; Lay, Thorne; Tapponnier, Paul; Hermawan, Iwan; Hubbard, Judith; Banerjee, Paramesh; Feng, Lujia; Natawidjaja, Danny; Sieh, Kerry. (2015). The 2012 M(w)8.6 Wharton Basin sequence: A cascade of great earthquakes generated by near-orthogonal, young, oceanic mantle faults. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 120, 3723-3747.
  • Feng, Lujia; Hill, Emma M.; Banerjee, Paramesh; Hermawan, Iwan; Tsang, Louisa L. H.; Natawidjaja, Danny H.; Suwargadi, Bambang W.; Sieh, Kerry. (2015). A unified GPS-based earthquake catalog for the Sumatran plate boundary between 2002 and 2013. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 120, 3566-3598.
  • Yue, Han; Lay, Thorne; Li, Linyan; Yamazaki, Yoshiki; Cheung, Kwok Fai; Rivera, Luis; Hill, Emma M.; Sieh, Kerry; Kongko, Widjo; Muhari, Abdul. (2015). Validation of linearity assumptions for using tsunami waveforms in joint inversion of kinematic rupture models: Application to the 2010 Mentawai M-w 7.8 tsunami earthquake. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 120, 1728-1747.

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