School of Earth and Environment

Dr Pablo J. Gonzalez

Research Fellow

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Room: 8.151


This is the homepage of Pablo J. González, a Satellite Geodesy Research Fellow working with Prof. Dr. Tim Wright and Prof. Dr. Andrew Hooper at the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, School of Earth and Environment of the University of Leeds (Leeds, UK).

My research interests are focused on the understanding of the mechanisms that promotes Earth’s surface deformation, and stress conditions in and around volcanoes and fault zones. I use a combination of techniques from various geological techniques, satellite geodesy and computer modelling to address questions about the mechanics of magmatic systems and earthquake faulting.

My current research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Volcano flank deformation (seismic potential) and its relation with active magmatic systems,
  • Mechanics of slow-slip events in volcanic and tectonic areas,
  • Coupling of stress change and rate-and-state models for sill propagation,
  • Mechanisms of deformation in aquifer and geothermal systems in volcanic regions,
  • Continental deformation at diffuse plate boundaries, and
  • Geodynamics of Oceanic Island Volcanoes.

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2010 Ph.D. Geodesy, Universidad Computense de Madrid, Spain
2006 M.Sc. Geodetic Engineering (DEA), Universidad Computense de Madrid, Spain
2003 B.Sc. Geology (Licenciatura), Universidad de Granada, Spain

Professional experience

2014- Satellite geodesy Research Fellow, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2012-2014 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
2010-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
2006-2010 Research Fellow, Universidad Computense de Madrid, Spain
2008 Visiting Research Scientist, INGV-Catania, Italy (3 mos)
2008 Visiting Research Scientist, INGV-CNT, Rome, Italy (2 mos)
2007 Visiting Research Scientist, Univ. Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada (2 mos)
2003-2006 Project Research Scientist, ITER, Tenerife, Spain.
2003 Project Research Scientist, GFZ-Potsdam, Germany. (4 mos)
2002 Visiting Training Student, Colima Volcanological Observatory, Mexico. (2 mos)

Project details

Project title

NERC - Looking into Continents from Space


Selected publications:

  • Samsonov, S.V., Trishchenko, A.P., Tiampo, K.F., González, P.J., Zhang, Y., and Fernández, J. (2014) Removal of systematic seasonal atmospheric signal from interferometric synthetic aperture radar ground deformation time series, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 6123–6130, doi:10.1002/2014GL061307.
  • Samsonov, S.V., K.F. Tiampo, A.G. Camacho, J. Fernández, and P.J. González (2014), Spatiotemporal analysis and interpretation of 1993–2013 ground deformation at Campi Flegrei, Italy, observed by advanced DInSAR, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 6101–6108, doi:10.1002/2014GL060595.
  • González P.J., and Palano M. (2014) Mt. Etna 2001 eruption: New insights into the magmatic feeding system and the mechanical response of the western flank from a detailed geodetic dataset, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 274, 108-121, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.02.001.
  • Alipour, S., Tiampo K.F., Samsonov S., and González P.J. (2013) Multibaseline PolInSAR using RADARSAT-2 Quad-pol data: Improvements in interferometric phase analysis, IEEE Geosciences and Remote Sensing Letters, 10 (6), 1280–1284, doi:10.1109/LGRS.2012.2237501. VOLUME FRONT COVER
  • González P.J., Samsonov S., Pepe S., Tiampo K.F., Tizzani P., Casu F., Fernández J., Camacho A.G., and Sansosti E. (2013), Magma storage and migration associated with the 2011-2012 El Hierro eruption: Implications for shallow magmatic systems at oceanic island volcanoes, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 118, 4361–4377, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50289.
  • Tiampo K.F., González P.J., and Samsonov S. (2013) New results for aseismic creep on the Hayward fault using polarization persistent scatterer InSAR, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 367, 157–165 , doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.02.019
  • González P.J., Tiampo, K.F., Palano M., Cannavo F., and Fernández J. (2012) The 2011 Lorca earthquake slip distribution controlled by groundwater crustal unloading, Nature Geoscience, 5(11), 755-834, doi:10.1038/ngeo1610
  • Camacho A.G., González P.J., Fernández J., and Berrino G. (2011). Modelling ground deformation and gravity changes by means of 3D extended pressured bodies with free geometry. Application to deforming calderas, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B10401, doi:10.1029/2010JB008165
  • González P.J., and Fernández J. (2011). Error estimation in multitemporal InSAR deformation time series, with application to Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B10404, doi:10.1029/2011JB008412
  • González P.J., and Fernández J. (2011). Drought-driven transient aquifer compaction imaged using multitemporal satellite radar interferometry, Geology, 39 (6), 551-554, doi:10.1130/G31900.1VOLUME FRONT COVER
  • González P.J., Tiampo K.F., Camacho A.G., and Fernández J. (2010). Shallow flank deformation at Cumbre Vieja volcano (Canary Islands): Implications on the stability of steep-sided volcano flanks at oceanic islands, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 297 (3-4), 545-557, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.07.006
  • González P.J., Chini M., Stramondo S., and Fernández J. (2010). Co-seismic horizontal offsets and fault trace mapping using phase correlation of IRS satellite images: the 1999 Izmit (Turkey) earthquake. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 48 (5), 2242-2250, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2009.2039352
  • González P.J., Camacho A.G., and Fernández J., (2009). Co-seismic three dimensional displacements determined using SAR data: theory and an application test. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 166 (8-9), doi:10.1007/s00024-009-0500-7