University of California, Riverside

Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

James H. Dieterich

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Distinguished Professor of Geophysics

Ph.D. Geology/Geophysics, Yale University , New Haven , CT
M.Phil. Geology, Yale University
B.S. University of Washington , Seattle , WA

Phone: (951) 827-2976
Fax: (951) 827-4324
Office: Geology 414

Research Interests:

My interests are broadly concerned with deformation processes in the Earth's crust, particularly as they relate to earthquake physics, earthquake hazard estimation, and volcanic phenomena . Although this research often has a theoretical or modeling component, I prefer a multi-disciplinary approach that relies heavily on laboratory experiments, field observations, and monitoring data to define research problems, to guide model development, and to test model predictions.

Recent Projects:

Previous work on the rate- and state-dependent representation of fault constitutive properties is now being applied in modeling of seismicity, including aftershocks and triggering of earthquakes; and in inverse models that use earthquake rates to map stress changes in space and time. A new effort has been launched to investigate fault slip and earthquake processes in geometrically complex fault systems. This includes development of large-scale quasi-dynamic simulations of seismicity in fault systems, and investigation of the physical interactions and stressing conditions that control system-level phenomena. Volcano research currently focuses on the coupled interactions among magmatic, faulting and earthquake processes at Kilauaea volcano in Hawaii.

Dieterich, J.H. , 1992, Earthquake nucleation on faults with rate- and state-dependent friction, Tectonophysics, 211 , 115-134.

Linker, M.F., and Dieterich, J.H. , 1992, Effects of variable normal stress on rock friction: Observations and constitutive relations, J. Geophys. Res. , 4923-4940.

Dieterich, J.H. , and Linker, M.F., 1992, Stability of fault slip under condition of variable normal stress, Geophys. Res. Lett., 19 , 1691--1694.

Cornell , C.A. , Wu, S.-C., Winterstein, S.R., Dieterich, J.H. , and Simpson, R.W., 1993, Seismic hazard induced by mechanically interactive fault segments, Bull. Seismol. Soci. Am., 83 , 436-449.

Dieterich, J.H. , 1994, A constitutive law for rate of earthquake production and its application to earthquake clustering, J. Geophys. Res. , 99 , 2601-2618.

Dieterich, J.H. , and Kilgore, B.D., 1994, Direct observation of frictional contacts: New insights for sliding memory effects, Pure Appl. Geophys. , 143 , 283-302.

Chadwick, W.W., and Dieterich, J.H. , 1995, Mechanical modeling of circumferential and radial dike intrusion on Galapagos volcanoes, J. Volc. Geoth. Res . 66, 37-52.

Dieterich, J.H. , 1995, Earthquake Simulations with Time-Dependent Nucleation and Long-Range Interactions, Journal of Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics , 2, 109-120.

Dieterich J. H. and Kilgore B.D., 1996, Imaging surface contacts: Power law contact distributions and contact stresses in quartz, calcite, glass and acrylic plastic, Tectonophysics , 256, 219-239.

Dieterich, J. H ., and Kilgore,B.D., 1996, Implications of fault constitutive properties for earthquake prediction, Symposium Volume: Earthquake Prediction: The Scientific Challenge, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 93 , 3787-3794.

Stein, R. S., Barka, A. A., and Dieterich, J. H ., 1997, Progressive failure on the North Anatolian fault since 1939 by earthquake stress triggering, Geophysical Journal International, 128 , 594-604.

Toda, S., R.S. Stein, P.A. Reasenberg, J.H. Dieterich , and A. Yoshida, 1998, Stress transferred by the 1995 Mw=6.9 Kobe, Japan, shock, J. Geophys. Res., 103 , 24,543-24,565.

Parsons, T., Toda, S., Stein, R.S., Barka, A., Dieterich, J.H ., 2000, Heightened odds of large earthquakes near Istanbul : An interaction based probability calculation , Science, 28, 661-665.

Cayol, V., Dieterich, J.H., Okamura, A.T., Miklius, A ., 2000, High magma storage rates before the 1983 eruption of Kilauea, Hawaii, Science , 288 , 2343-2346.

Dieterich, J.H. , Cayol, V., Okubo, P., 2000, The use of earthquake rate changes as a stress meter at Kilauea volcano, Nature , 408 , 457-460.

Abe, S., J.H. Dieterich , P. Mora, D. Place, 2002, Simulation of the Influence of Rate- and State-dependent Friction on the Macroscopic Behavior of Complex Fault Zones with the Lattice Solid Model, Pure and Appl. Geophys ., 159 , 1967-1983.

Committee on the Science of Earthquakes, 2003, Living on an Active Earth: Perspectives on Earthquake Science, National Research Council , 432p. [Member of committee and contributor to this book.]

Dieterich, J. H. , V. Cayol, and P. Okubo, 2003, Stress Changes Before and During the Puu Oo-Kupianaha Eruption. in: The Puu Oo-Kupaianaha Eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii : The First 20 Years , U. S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1676 , 187-202.

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