Southeast Asia and surrounding areas have many large, active faults, as well as a number of major subduction zones that are responsible for some of the world’s most complex movements by tectonic plates. This region provides a natural laboratory to study Earth deformation processes with global relevance.
Volcanic arcs in Southeast Asia are among the most active on earth. EOS Volcano Group conducts geologic, geochemical and geophysical studies to improve understanding of volcanic activity, particularly processes related to eruptions. EOS research in this field is designed to produce knowledge and tools that will aid forecasting of volcanic eruptions, assessment of their environmental and societal impacts, and efforts to mitigate the hazards.
Climate research at EOS aims to fill a gap of much-needed information on climatic forces in Southeast Asia, which will allow better prediction of regional consequences that can expected from global climate change. Several major drivers of global climate, including the Western Pacific Warm Pool and the Indian Ocean Dipole, are active in this tropical region, yet scientific knowledge about them has been relatively scarce.
EOS conducts research that links policy and social science inquiry with its natural science research and Education & Outreach involvement in areas affected by natural hazards. One project in Aceh aims to produce a comprehensive and integrated approach to post-disaster recovery and resilience. Another project is to assess current risk perceptions and mitigative actions related to earthquakes and tsunamis and the degree to which science- communication has influenced those perceptions and actions.
The work of the Art+Media Group directed by Isaac Kerlow fosters the collaboration between artists and Earth scientists and through highly interdisciplinary projects, focusing on the deep connection of human life and civilization with Earth and Nature.