Professor Brian Kennett
Areas of expertise
- Seismology And Seismic Exploration 040407
- Geophysics 0404
- Geodynamics 040402
- Acoustics And Acoustical Devices; Waves 020301
The exploitation of the seismic wavefield for better charcterisation of the structure of the Earth and the character of seismic sources. Much of my work has been drected towards understanding the properties of the lithosphere and subduction zones, as well as the fate of subducted material.
Studies include methods for improved location of seismic events, and the development of reference models for the global structure of the Earth which are widely used for earthquake location and as a basis for seismic tomography.
A long term program of work on the 3-D structure under the Australian region has resulted in the Australian Seismological Reference Model (AuSREM) in 2012 whch incorprates results from a wide range of previous studies using both body waves and surface waves. AuSREM has been exploited in a number of ways to enhance knowledge of smaller-scale structure across the continent.
Brian Kennett is now Emeritus Professor of Seismology at the Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University and was Director from September 2006 to January 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Seismology from the University of Cambridge in 1973. He was a Lindemann Fellow at IGPP, University of California, San Diego and then a University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He moved to Australia in 1984, and was President of IASPEI from 1999-2003.
His research has covered a very wide range of topics in seismology, from reflection seismology to studies of the deep Earth and from theoretical to observational studies. He has received recognition through many medals and awards including the Gold Medal in Geophysics from the Royal Astronomical Society, the Gutenberg Medal from the European Geosciences Union, the Murchison Medal from the Geological Society of London, and the Jaeger and Flinders Medals from the Australian Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society (London).
Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.
- Craton modification and growth: the east Albany-Fraser Orogen in 3-D (Secondary Investigator)
- Multi-Array, Multi-Frequency Probing of the Earth's Heterogeneity (Secondary Investigator)
- Taming the nonlinearity of geophysical inversions (Secondary Investigator)