Welcome to the Geohazards Research Lab!
The Geohazards Research Lab, led by Prof. Laurie Baise, works on the regional characterization of the geo-environment with a focus on how geologic materials vary in the near surface and how these materials impact engineering design. Much of our work relates to earthquakes and earthquake hazards; however, we are interested in impacts across all natural hazards as well as the effect of geologic variability on engineering design. Our research group has had a long history on improving regional assessments of soil amplification and soil liquefaction due to earthquakes.
In soil amplification, we are interested in using weak ground motion and ambient noise to understand the complexity in a regional wavefield. In liquefaction, we work on developing and updating empirical liquefaction models that are built on geospatial information. In this space, we are currently working on connecting liquefaction occurrence to damage and loss. In addition, we currently have projects that use remote sensing to detect damage to the built and natural environments. and ground motion data as well as soil structure interaction in the context of offshore wind turbines. We use this website to document our work and to share our results with collaborators.