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Tsunami threat: giant wave
USC researchers have found a correlation between tsunami severity and the width of the outer wedge — the area between the continental shelf and deep trenches where large tsunamis emerge — that helps explain how underwater seismic events generate large tsunamis. (Photo/iStock)

Tsunami threats are greatly underestimated in current models, new research shows

An analysis of historical seismic events by a USC Dornsife scientist helps explain why large tsunamis still occur after relatively small earthquakes.

Mars rover Perseverance USC research
Mars rover Perseverance, shown probing the surface of Mars in this illustration, carries instrumentation designed in large part at USC Dornsife to find signs of life on the red planet. (Image/Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Mars rover Perseverance will look for signs of life backed by USC research

USC Dornsife’s Ken Nealson and a team of researchers helped develop SHERLOC, the ultraviolet laser technology that will probe the red planet for chemicals produced by living organisms.

paleoclimatology data predict future climate
Researchers from the Information Sciences Institute and USC Dornsife have created a novel platform to standardize paleoclimatology data. (Photo/Cassidy Joyes)

Earth scientists and AI researchers join forces to better predict our climate future

Paleoclimatology data — which contains the details of our climate history — can be messy. That’s why USC’s scientists and AI experts have teamed up on a new platform to standardize it for research, analysis and prognostication.