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▶︎ CANCELED: Watson Lecture - A Geodesy Odyssey: Mapping Disasters From Space

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
8:00pm to 9:30pm
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Beckman Auditorium
Susan Owen, Principal Investigator and Project Scientist, Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) for Natural Hazards Project, JPL,
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This event has been canceled.

This decision was made out of concern for the health of our community as a social distancing measure in light of COVID-19.

For updates from the Institute on its COVID-19 response, please visit /coronavirusCaltech's Coronavirus information page.


Modern geodesy uses satellite data to accurately measure how much the earth moves and changes with time. In her lecture, Owen will explore how these measurements have become critical additions to the current toolset for understanding and mapping the damage caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, hurricanes, and floods.

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested via Eventbrite. Registration is not a guaranteed seat or a reserved ticket*. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m.


* Reserved tickets are printed tickets available in advance from the Caltech Ticket Office to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditorium and The Caltech Associates, and to Caltech alumni. A reserved ticket guarantees a seat until 7:45 p.m., and grants access to a reserved section in the auditorium. If you are a member of The Friends of Beckman or The Caltech Associates, or are a graduate of Caltech, please contact the Ticket Office to reserve your Watson Lecture tickets.

About the Speaker

Susan Owen is Principal Investigator and Project Scientist for the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) for Natural Hazards Project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which Caltech manages for NASA.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight assistant professors' research each season.DOWNLOAD THE SERIES BROCHURE

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