Rick Bennett
Rick Bennett
Professor, Department of Geosciences
(520) 621-2324
PhD, Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995

Dr. Bennett is a professor in the Department of Geosciences at University of Arizona and also serves as professor in two University of Arizona Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs: “Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis” and “Global Change.” His research is motivated by global challenges on Earth and environmental science. Bennett’s main area of expertise is the field of high precision satellite geodesy and its many applications to the Earth sciences, particularly contributions to hazards assessments. His research has touched on a wide range of issues of relevance to society, including hazards associated with earthquakes on active faults, glacial outburst floods, extreme weather, and sea level rise. He serves as faculty fellow in the University of Arizona’s Disability Resource Center. He has created and leads an accessible geoscience study abroad program based in central Italy that introduces students to Earth observation data sets, concepts of space geodesy and remote sensing, as well as open source software (e.g., Bash, Python, GMT, and Git/GitHub) for data acquisition, analysis, and visualization.

Selected Citations: 

Bennett, R.A. and D. Lamb, Accessibility and innovation, Nature Geoscience, 9, doi:10.1038/ngeo2685, April 2016. 

Compton, K., R.A. Bennett, S. Hresindottir, Climate driven vertical acceleration of Icelandic crust measured by GPS geodesy, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2014GL062446, 2015.

Adams, D.K., R. Fernandes, K. Holub, S. Gutman. H. Barbosa, L. Machado, R.A. Bennett, R.E. Kursinski, L. Sapucci, C. DeMets, G. Chagas, A. Arellano, N. Filizola, A. Amorim, R. Araujo, L. Assuncao, A. Calheiros, G. Cirino, T. Pauliquevis, B. Portela, A. Sa, J. Sousa, L. Tanaka, The Amazon Dense GNSS Meteorological Network : A New Approach for Examining Water Vapor and Deep Convection Interactions in the Tropics, Bull. American Meteorological Soc., doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00171.1, 2015. 

Sigmundsson, F., A. Hooper, S. Hreinsdottir, K.S. Vogfjord, B.G. Ofeigsson,E.R. Heimisson, S. Dumont, M. Parks, K. Spaans, G.B. Gudmundsson, V. Drouin, T. Arnadottir, K. Jonsdottir, M.T. Gudmundsson, T. Hognadottir, H.M. Fridriksdottir, M. Hensch, P. Einarsson, E. Magnusson, S. Samsonov, B. Brandsdottir, R.S. White, T. Agustsdottir, T. Greenfield, R.G. Green, A.R. Hjartardottir, R. Pedersen, R.A. Bennett, H. Geirsson, P.C. LaFemina,H. Bjornsson, F. Palsson, E. Sturkell, C.J. Bean, M. Mollhoff, A.K. Braiden, and E.P.S. Eibl, Segmented lateral dyke growth in a rifting event at Bardarbunga volcanic system, Iceland, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature14111, 2014.

Bennett, R.A., E. Serpelloni, S. Hreinsdóttir, M.T. Brandon, G. Buble, T. Basic, G. Casale, A. Cavaliere, M. Anzidei, M. Marjonovic, G. Minelli, G. Molli, A. Montanari, Syn-convergent extension observed using the RETREAT GPS network, Northern Apennines, Italy, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2011JB008744, 2012.

Magnússon, E., H. Björnsson, H. Rott, M. Roberts, F. Pálsson, S. Gudmunsson, R.A. Bennett, H. Geirsson, E. Sturkell, Localized uplift of Vatnajökull ice cap, Iceland: subglacial water accumulation deduced from InSAR and GPS observations, Journal of Glaciology, 57, 475-484, 2011.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity

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