Our group use geodetic observations and numerical simulations to study (1) tectonics and earthquakes on land and in the ocean; (2) Nuclear test.


Meng “Matt” Wei (matt-wei@uri.edu; 401-874-6530)

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Job openings:

We are looking for a postdoc to use InSAR and numerical models to characterize nuclear tests. Please send your CV and cover letter to Matt Wei.

We are looking for motivated students for a variety of projects related to earthquake physics, geodesy, and numerical simulation. Familiarity with Terminal and Fortran/Matlab/Python language is preferred. Please contact me if you are interested.



[February 13, 2019] After months of hard work between our lab and Minute Earth, an educational video entitled¬† “Why Earthquakes Are So Hard To Predict” has been published on YouTube. [Link]



[August 27, 2018] PI Wei attended the Gordon Conference on Rock Deformation and gave a talk on dynamic triggering of shallow aseismic slip events.



[May 30, 2018] A paper from our lab has been published by GRL on the subject of dynamic triggering of slow slip events in New Zealand.



[December 28, 2017] A paper from our lab was published in JGR on the segmentation of slow slip events in south central Alaska.




[December 21, 2017] Our lab is highlighted in the recent issue (121) of magazine “Research Features” on pages 42-45 [Link]



[September 11, 2017] Preliminary InSAR results of the September 3, 2017 North Korea Nuclear Test [Link].




[September 5, 2017] Two new graduate students joined our group. Please see details of their research interest in the members page.




[August 2, 2017] PI Wei has won the prestigious NSF CAREER award (award number 1654416).




[April 12, 2017] Another paper entitled “A Cost-Effective Geodetic Strainmeter Based on Dual Coaxial Cable Bragg Gratings” has been published in Sensors. PI Wei is a co-author. [pdf]


[February 7, 2017] A new paper has been published in Geophysical Journal International: “Location and Source Characteristics of the January 6, 2016 North Korean Nuclear Test Constrained by InSAR” [pdf]



[August 15, 2017] PI Wei has participated the GMTSAR short course as an instructor. (Course webpage)






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