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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Regional Geology and Tectonics of the Central Alpine Himalayan Belt

earth and environmental sciences


The Caucasus Seismic Information Network (CauSIN) and the new Central Asia Seismic Risk Initiative (CASRI) are international research projects on the seismicity, structure, and tectonics of the Caucasus region and Central Asia. CauSIN encompasses the Caucasus from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea (Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) and is being extended southward to the Turkish-Iranian Plateau. CASRI extends from the Caspian Sea to China, through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Both CauSIN and CASRI are being guided by principal investigators from Boston College, MIT, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and New England Research, Inc. We are collaborating closely with geoscience colleagues in these countries and in France and Greece on the neotectonic and active deformation in this part of the Alpine-Himalayan Belt. New GPS measurements are providing us and our students with tectonic deformation rates important for analyses of tectonics, seismicity, and seismic hazards. For additional information, visit