Nienke Blom

Nienke is a seismologist who works on imaging the Earth's interior based on the vibrations emitted as a result of earthquakes. She is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge and works on seismic waveform tomography, with a specific interest in developing methods to image density. She enjoys reading a good book, hiking, cycling, and cooking. As ECS rep, she works towards outreach to the community and beyond, and integration and communication between disciplines. In this light, she collaborates with the TS and GD divisions to set up a series of short courses on the "Solid Earth 101", aimed at early career students and with a specific focus on integration between disciplines. This builds upon the EGU short course "Seismology for non-seismologists", which she's already helped organise for the past couple of years.

Seismology throughout the years: from blown pre-amplifiers to the internet of things — a technician’s view on seismology

Seismology throughout the years: from blown pre-amplifiers to the internet of things — a technician’s view on seismology

An interview with Arie van Wettum In many universities, students and staff will go out into the field to deploy seismometers, collect data, and service instruments. Students get a sense of the area their data is coming from, the difficulties that are involved with deploying and recording data, and although inexperienced at the beginning, they are a relatively low-cost way of getting equipment out. ...[Read More]

The sound of Covid-silence

The sound of Covid-silence

  As lockdowns have come in place all over the globe, workplaces have closed, people are sticking to their homes, and perpetual traffic jams have reduced to a trickle [1]. This results in eerie sights, where the lone bypasser walking through deserted streets cannot but wonder whether they’ve accidentally missed the memo on the apocalypse. The world is coming to a halt and this results in… sil ...[Read More]

AGU 2018


The AGU Fall Meeting: that other large geosciences meeting in the world. As every year, thousands of people burned their yearly share of carbon flying across the globe. Just like last year, the meeting was held on the East coast – but instead of balmy New Orleans, we found ourselves in somewhat chilly Washington DC. For those coming from Europe, this meant slightly less travel (as well as a slight ...[Read More]

Lombok and Fiji – or why a M6.9 earthquake can be worse news than a M8.2 event

Two magnitude 6.9 earthquakes in Indonesia in the space of two weeks, 20 km apart. Meanwhile, a magnitude 8.2 event in the Pacific. Did you get any questions about the end of the world being upon us, how come all these quakes happen so close together and why the Fiji event was so harmless?       Latitude Longitude Origin time depth Magnitude Region 8.2597° S 116.4363° E 2018-08-05 1 ...[Read More]