“My work tries to understand why the ground under our feet sometimes shakes and kills people.
I use especially-long light waves sent from boxes flying in space to look at cracks (faults) in the ground. With this light, I can see how quickly the faults and the close-by land are moving. Any land that moves around faults, even if it is very very slow, can store up trouble - eventually the faults will slip and the ground will shake. By searching for the areas that move the fastest, I can try to find places where the ground might shake in the days and years that follow.”
— TIM WRIGHT, Satellite geodesy.