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AVO is a very extended family. Some people work full time for the observatory, others well under half time. Others perform essential work, but only draw operating expenses. Several agencies contribute personnel at several locations. A wide variety of disciplines are represented, including geophysics, geology, glaciology, hydrology, geochemistry, remote sensing, computing, electronics, and administration. The following people are the paid staff, and share among themselves about 22 Full Time Equivalent positions.

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Michael West
Department: Geophysical Institute
Institute: UAF/GI
Office: 907.474.6977
Fax: 907.474.5618
Website: http://giseis.alaska.edu/input
Address: Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320
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West focuses on the processes that cause volcanic earthquake swarms and techniques to infer the structure of the shallow Earth from seismicity. Much of his research is applied to exotic seismic sources such as those generated by volcanoes and glaciers. His work seeks to explain volcanic processes and improve eruption forecasting. He is based at the Seismology Lab at the Geophysical Institute. Domestic and foreign field projects are the foundation for much of his research. His group specializes in seismic network operations in remote locations. He also works closely with seismic data feeds from across Alaska and the Aleutians. These real time data are used for everything from characterizing large earthquakes, to monitoring volcanoes and glaciers, to tracking geothermal systems. An unusual aspect of West's group is the emphasis on developing emerging research techniques into production-ready tools that are applied in-house to improve earthquake and volcano monitoring systems.

Buurman, Helena, Nye, C.J., West, M.E., and Cameron, Cheryl, 2014, Regional controls on volcano seismicity along the Aleutian Arc: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1002/2013GC005101

Buurman, Helena, West, M.E., and Roman, D.C., 2013, Using repeating volcano-tectonic earthquakes to track post-eruptive activity in the conduit system at Redoubt Volcano, Alaska: Geology, v. 41, n. 4, p. 511-514, doi:10.1130/G34089.1

Buurman, Helena, and West, M.E., 2013, Magma fracture and hybrid earthquakes in the conduit of Augustine Volcano: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 40, 5 p., doi:10.1002/2013GL057864

Koulakov, I., West, M., and Izbekov, P., 2013, Fluid ascent during the 2004-2005 unrest at Mt. Spurr inferred from seismic tomography: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50674 .

McNutt, S.R., Thompson, G., West, M.E., Fee, D., Stihler, S., and Clark, E., 2013, Local seismic and infrasound observations of the 2009 explosive eruptions of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 259, p. 63-76, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2013.03.016

Buurman, Helena, West, M.E., and Thompson, Glenn, 2013, The seismicity of the 2009 Redoubt eruption: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 259, p. 16-30, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2012.04.024

Haney, M.M., Power, John, West, Michael, and Michaels, Paul, 2012, Causal instrument corrections for short-period and broadband seismometers: Seismological Research Letters, v. 83, p. 834-845.

citation imageReyes, C.G., and West, M.E., 2011, The waveform suite: a robust platform for manipulating waveforms in MATLAB: Seismological Research Letters, v. 82, n. 1, p. 104-110, doi:10.1785/gssrl.82.1.104 .

Gardine, Matt, West, Michael, Werner, Cynthia, and Doukas, Michael, 2011, Evidence of magma intrusion at Fourpeaked volcano, Alaska in 2006-2007 from a rapid-response seismic network and volcanic gases: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 200, p. 192-200, doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2010.11.018.

Thelen, Weston, Malone, Steve, and West, Michael, 2011, Multiplets: Their behavior and utility at dacitic and andesitic volcanic centers: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 116, B08210, doi: 10.1029/2010JB007924 , 16 p.

Buurman, Helena and West, M.E., 2010, Seismic precursors to volcanic explosions during the 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, chapter 2 of Power, J.A., Coombs, M.L., and Freymueller, J.T., eds., The 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1769, p. 41-57 [http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1769/chapters/p1769_chapter02.pdf].
Download PDF chapter PDF on USGS website

van Manen, S.M., Dehn, Jonathan, West, M.E., Blake Stephen, and Rothery, D.A., 2010, The 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano; combined analyses of thermal satellite data and reduced displacement, chapter 23 of Power, J.A., Coombs, M.L., and Freymueller, J.T., eds., The 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1769, p. 553-567 [http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1769/chapters/p1769_chapter23.pdf].
Download PDF chapter PDF on USGS website

citation imageWest, M.E., Larsen, C.F., Truffer, Martin, O'Neel, Shad, and LeBlanc, Laura, 2010, Glacier microseismicity: Geology, v. 38, n. 4, p. 319-322, doi: 10.1130/G30606.1 .

citation imageThelen, Weston, West, Michael, and Senyukov, Sergey, 2010, Seismic characterizations of the fall 2007 eruptive sequence at Bezymianny Volcano, Russia: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 194, n. 4, p. 201-213, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2010.05.010 .

citation imageThompson, Glenn, and West, M.E., 2010, Real-time detection of earthquake swarms at Redoubt Volcano: Seismological Research Lettesr, v. 81, n. 3, p. 505-513 doi: 10.1785/gssrl.81.3.505 .

citation imageNikulin, Alex, Levin, Vadim, Shuler, Ashley, and West, Michael, 2010, Anomalous seismic structure beneath the Klyuchevskoy Group, Kamchatka: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 37, 5 p., doi: 0094-8276/10/2010GL043904 .

citation imageThelen, W.A., Malone, S.D., and West, M.E., 2010, Repose time and cumulative moment magnitude: a new tool for forecasting eruptions?: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 37, L18301, 5 p. doi: 10.1029/2010GL044194, 2010 .
http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2010GL044194, 2010

Denlinger, R.P., West, M.E., and Diefenbach, A., 2010, Pulsatile loading of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska [abs.]: Seismological Research Letters, v. 81, n. 2, p. 352.

West, M.E., and Thompson, Glenn, 2010, Real-time tracking of earthquake swarms at Redoubt Volcano, 2009 [abs.]: Seismological Research Letters, v. 81, n. 2, p. 350.

Dixon, J.P., McNutt, S.R., Power, J.A., and West, M., 2008, Twenty years of Alaska Volcano Observatory's contributions to seismology [abs.]: Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 89, n. 53, 1 p.

Dixon, J.P., McNutt, S.R., Power, J.A., and West, M.E., 2008, Twenty years of seismic monitoring by the Alaska Volcano Observatory [abs.]: Seismological Research Letters, v. 79, n. 2, p. 318-319.

Buurman, Helena, and West, Michael, 2008, Seismic precursors to explosive eruptions during the 2006 eruption of Augustine Volcano, Alaska [abs.]: in 2008 IRIS Workshop: Abstracts, Stevenson WA, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, p. 94.

van Manen, S., Dehn, J., West, M., Blake, S., and Rothery, D., 2007, The 2006 Augustine Alaska eruption: combined analyses of seismic and thermal data [abs.]: Geological Society of London Bicentennial Conference, September 10-12, London, UK.

citation imageWest, M., Sanchez, J., and McNutt, S., 2005, Periodically triggered seismicity at Mount Wrangell, Alaska, after the Sumatra earthquake: Science, v. 308, p. 1144-1146.

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