MIT EAPS Directory

Thomas Herring

Professor of Geophysics
Chair of the Program in Geophysics

Tom Herring’s research is in the applications of high precision geodetic measurement systems, primarily the Global Position System (GPS), Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), and Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). These applications include deformation monitoring both globally and in selected regions around the world; studies of atmospheric water vapor; and analysis of changes in the rotation of the Earth.

Herring received his Ph.D. from EAPS 1983. Following his doctorate, he spent almost seven years as a Research Associate at Harvard University. he returned to EAPS and MIT in 1989 where he has been a Professor of Geophysics since 1997.


Çırmık, A., Pamukçu, O., Gönenç, T., Kahveci, M., Şalk, M., & Herring, T. (2017). Examination of the kinematic structures in İzmir (Western Anatolia) with repeated GPS observations (2009, 2010 and 2011). Journal of African Earth Sciences, 126, 1-12, doi: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2016.11.020

Stevens, L. A., Behn, M. D., Das, S. B., Joughin, I., Noël, B. P., Broeke, M. R., & Herring, T. (2016). Greenland Ice Sheet flow response to runoff variability. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(21), doi: 10.1002/2016GL070414

Li, J. D., Rude, C. M., Blair, D. M., Gowanlock, M. G., Herring, T. A., & Pankratius, V. (2016). Computer aided detection of transient inflation events at Alaskan volcanoes using GPS measurements from 2005–2015. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 327, 634-642, doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2016.10.003

Herring, T. A., Melbourne, T. I., Murray, M. H., Floyd, M. A., Szeliga, W. M., King, R. W., ... & Wang, L. (2016). Plate Boundary Observatory and Related Networks: GPS Data Analysis Methods and Geodetic Products. Reviews of Geophysics, doi: 10.1002/2016RG000529

Jha, B. and Bottazzi, F. and Wojcik, R. and Coccia, M. and Bechor, N. and McLaughlin, D. and Herring, T. and Hager, B. H. and Mantica, S. and Juanes, R. (2015) Reservoir characterization in an underground gas storage field using joint inversion of flow and geodetic data International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, vol. 39, no. 14, pp. 1619-1638, doi: 10.1002/nag.2427

Stevens, L. A. and Behn, M. D. and McGuire, J. J. and Das, S. B. and Joughin, I. and Herring, T. and Shean, D. E. and King, M. A. (2015) Greenland supraglacial lake drainages triggered by hydrologically induced basal slip Nature, vol. 522, no. 7554, pp. 73-U163, doi: 10.1038/nature14480


Fellow AAAS (2013) | Vening-Meinesz Medal, European Geophysical Union (2007) | Bomford Prize, International Association of Geodesy (1995) | Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union (1991) | NASA Group Achievement Award, Crustal Dynamics Project (1986 & 1993) | Australian Postgraduate Research Award (1977) | S.E. Reilly Prize in Surveying (1975) | Commonwealth University Scholarship (1973)

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Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983
M., Surveying, University of Queensland, 1978
B., Surveying (First Class honors), University of Queensland 1971