School of Earth and Environment

Richard Walters Dr Richard Walters

Research Fellow

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My research involves the use of remote sensing techniques to study active tectonic deformation of the Earth's crust. I am particularly interested in using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to study earthquakes, and to evaluate interseismic strain accumulation on faults in the Alpine-Himalayan belt.

As part of my PhD I studied interseismic and coseismic deformation in Italy, Turkey, Iran and China. More recently I have been working on evaluating strain accumulation on a large (several hundred km) scale, from both GPS and InSAR data.

I am also interested in atmospheric correction for InSAR data, which is of great importance when using InSAR to measure small deformations. I have worked on developing and comparing methods of atmospheric correction.

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  • D.Phil, University of Oxford: "Geodetic observation and modelling of continental deformation in Iran and Turkey", 2012
  • MEarthSci, University of Oxford: "InSAR & Remote Sensing of Mw 5-7 Earthquakes on the Tibetan Plateau", 2008

Research Interests

  • Continental deformation and active faulting
  • Geodetic techniques, particularly InSAR and GPS
  • Earthquake hazard
  • Remote sensing techniques


  • Cheloni D; Giuliani R; D'Anastasio E; Atzori S; Walters RJ; Bonci L; D'Agostino N; Mattone M; Calcaterra S; Gambino P; Deninno F; Maseroli R; Stefanelli G (2014) Coseismic and post-seismic slip of the 2009 L'Aquila (central Italy) MW6.3 earthquake and implications for seismic potential along the Campotosto fault from joint inversion of high-precision levelling, InSAR and GPS data, Tectonophysics, 622, pp.168-185. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.03.009
  • Walters RJ; Parsons B; Wright TJ (2014) Constraining crustal velocity fields with InSAR for Eastern Turkey: Limits to the block-like behavior of Eastern Anatolia, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119, pp.5215-5234. doi: 10.1002/2013JB010909
  • Walters RJ; Elliott JR; Li Z; Parsons B (2013) Rapid strain accumulation on the Ashkabad fault (Turkmenistan) from atmosphere-corrected InSAR, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118, pp.3674-3690. doi: 10.1002/jgrb.50236
  • Walker RT; Bergman EA; Elliott JR; Fielding EJ; Ghods A-R; Ghoraishi M; Jackson J; Nazari H; Nemati M; Oveisi B; Talebian M; Walters RJ (2013) The 2010-2011 South Rigan (Baluchestan) earthquake sequence and its implications for distributed deformation and earthquake hazard in southeast Iran, Geophysical Journal International, 193, pp.349-374-349-374. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggs109
  • Li Z; Elliott JR; Feng W; Jackson JA; Parsons BE; Walters RJ (2011) The 2010 Mw 6.8 Yushu (Qinghai, China) earthquake: Constraints provided by InSAR and body wave seismology, JGR, 116, pp.10302-10302. doi: 10.1029/2011JB008358
  • Walters RJ; Holley RJ; Parsons B; Wright TJ (2011) Interseismic strain accumulation across the North Anatolian Fault from Envisat InSAR measurements, GEOPHYS RES LETT, 38, . doi: 10.1029/2010GL046443
  • Roberts GP; Raithatha B; Sileo G; Pizzi A; Pucci S; Walker JF; Wilkinson M; McCaffrey K; Phillips RJ; Michetti AM; Guerrieri L; Blumetti AM; Vittori E; Cowie P; Sammonds P; Galli P; Boncio P; Bristow C; Walters R (2010) Shallow subsurface structure of the 2009 April 6 M-w 6.3 L'Aquila earthquake surface rupture at Paganica, investigated with ground-penetrating radar, GEOPHYS J INT, 183, pp.774-790. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04713.x
  • Elliott JR; Walters RJ; England PC; Jackson JA; Li Z; Parsons B (2010) Extension in Tibet: Recent Normal Faulting measured by InSAR & Body Wave Seismology, GJI, .
  • Walters RJ; Elliott JR; D'Agostino N; England PC; Hunstad I; Jackson JA; Parsons B; Phillips RJ; Roberts G (2009) The 2009 L'Aquila earthquake (central Italy): A source mechanism and implications for seismic hazard, GEOPHYS RES LETT, 36, . doi: 10.1029/2009GL039337