Matt Pritchard, member of the Advisory Board for the Carl Sagan Institute was awarded the Geodesy Section Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Geodesy is the study of the changing shape and gravity of the Earth and other planets. The Geodesy Section Award is given in recognition of major advances in geodesy.
Mark, who is an Associate Professor in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, uses a variety of satellite and ground-based observations to study how the Earth's surface deforms in response to earthquakes, magma movements, glacier dynamics, and human manipulation of subsurface fluids (carbon sequestration, hydrocarbon withdrawal, etc.). He further uses these tools to study the thermal evolution of other planets and how tectonics, volcanoes, and glaciers affect the surfaces.
AGU is the largest single organization dedicated to the advancement of geophysics -- uniting more than 65,000 Earth, atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, space, and planetary scientists in 139 countries.