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Kevin Chao

Data Science Scholar (NICO/OSL)

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
M.S. Geological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Curriculum Vitae


My research interest focuses on the overarching goal of understanding the physics of earthquake processes in active fault zones, including but not limited to the study of tectonic tremor (i.e., one type of slow earthquake), the dynamic triggering of tremor and earthquakes, the interaction between slow and typical earthquakes, the source parameters of repeating seismic events, and temporal changes in shallow crust properties. I am currently involved in the big data study of cross-disciplinary research subjects, such as applying machine learning algorithms to geoscience problems, developing a software package for seismology study, and adapting the signal process techniques to forecast the amount of solar radiation that may solar panels can receive.

Selected Publications

Chao, K., Z. Peng, Y.-J. Hsu, K. Obara, C. Wu, K.-E. Ching, S. van der Lee, H.-C. Pu, P.L. Leu, and A. Wech (2017), Temporal Variation of Tectonic Tremor Activity in Southern Taiwan Around the 2010 ML6.4 Jiashian Earthquake, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 122, 5417-5434, doi:10.1002/2016JB013925.
Chao, K. and K. Obara, Triggered Tectonic Tremor in Various Types of Fault Systems of Japan Following the 2012 Mw8.6 Sumatra Earthquake (2016), J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121(1), 170-187, doi:10.1002/2015JB012566.
Chao, K., G. A. Prieto, and J. Du (2016), Source parameters of repeating microseismic events during hydraulic fracturing operations, Annual Meeting of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Dubai, UAE, 26-28, Sept. (abstract acceptance rate: ~20%), doi:10.2118/181654-MS.
Delorey, A., K. Chao, K. Obara, and P. A. Johnson (2015), Seismic and Geodetic Observations of Delayed Dynamic Triggering in Japan from the 11 April 2012 M8.6 East Indian Ocean Earthquake, Science Advances, 1, e1500468, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1500468.
Chao, K., Z. Peng, H. Gonzalez-Huizar, C. Aiken, B. Enescu, H. Kao, A. A. Velasco, K. Obara, and T. Matsuzawa (2013), Global search of triggered tremor following the 2011 Mw9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Special Issue, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 103(2b), 1551-1571, doi:10.1785/0120120171.
Chao, K., Z. Peng, A. Fabian, and L. Ojha (2012), Comparisons of triggered tremor in California, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 102(2), 900-908, doi: 10.1785/0120110151.
Chao, K., Z. Peng, C. Wu, C.-C. Tang and C.-H. Lin (2012), Remote triggering of non-volcanic tremor around Taiwan, Geophys. J. Int., 188(1), 301-324, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011. 05261.x.
Chao, K. and Z. Peng (2009), Temporal changes of shear wave velocity and anisotropy in the shallow crust induced by the 10/22/1999 M6.4 Chia-Yi, Taiwan, earthquake, Geophys. J. Int., 179(3), 1800-1816, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009. 04384.x.

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