UNIVERSITY OSLO
DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES and PHYSICS OF GEOLOGICAL PROCESSES
KAREN MAIR
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I work as an associate professor in the PGP section at the Department of Geosciences in the University of Oslo, Norway. Previously I was a senior researcher at the research center PGP (Physics of Geological Processes) located in Oslo, Norway. PGP is an interdisciplinary research environment where physicists and geologists work together to better understand the complex patterns and processes of the Earth.

Researching the mechanics of earthquakes and faulting
My research involves laboratory experiments, field observations and numerical modelling to investigate the physics of faults and earthquakes. I co-ordinated the 'Localisation Processes' group at PGP (2005-2009) and collaborate with international scientists around the world.


WHAT'S NEW ?
Special session on Sonification proposed for EGU Vienna 2014
ESSI3.3 'Listening to our geoscientific data' Mair K. and Barrett, N., read more
NB: Deadline for abstract submission - 16 January 2014, 13:00 CET

Paper on 'Sound art' accepted in Organised Sound (August 2013)
Barrett, N., and Mair, K., Aftershock: a collaboration of science and art through sonification
Organised Sound: An International Journal of Music and Technology, accepted August 2013

Paper on 'Mirror fault surfaces' in press (September 2013)
Fondriest M., Smith, S.A.F., Candela, T., Nielsen, S.B., Mair, K., and Di Toro, G.,
Mirror-like faults and power dissipation during earthquakes
Geology, G34641, November 2013

Paper on 'Roughness evolution' in faults published (Dec 2012)
Renard, F., Mair, K., and Gundersen, O.,
Surface roughness evolution on experimentally simulated faults
Journal of Structural Geology, Vol 45 p99-110, 2012

'AFTERSHOCK' - an exhibition of new works by Natasha Barrett (November - December 2011)
Rocks meet sound, geology meets art, the science of rock deformation meets interactive 3D space. 'AFTERSHOCK' results from a collaboration between composer and sound artist Natasha Barrett , geoscientist Karen Mair and PGP. 'AFTERSHOCK' is exhibited at Galleri ROM, Oslo, Norway (11 November - 11 December, 2011).

Paper on 'Breaking up' in fault gouge published (December 2011)
Mair, K., and Abe, S., Breaking up: Comminution mechanisms in sheared simulated fault gouge
Pure and Applied Geophysics, vol 168, no 12, December 2012

'CRUSH-2' at Norwegian Teknisk Museum (May-August 2011)
Barrett, N. and Mair K., CRUSH-2 an interactive sound-art installation based on a science-art collaboration, features in exhibition on Sonic Interaction Design, Norwegian Teknisk Museum, Oslo Norway 27 May-21 Aug 2011

EOS Andean Geotrail article published (January 2011)
Sassier, C., Galland, O. and Mair, K., To capture student interest in geosciences - Plan an adventure
EOS transactions, American Geophysical Union, vol 92, No 1, January 4, 2011



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