I'm now officially halfway done with my internship. I feel like I have a good grasp of how to run our different fault models, and am starting to explore the different parameters that we can vary more in depth. Although it doesn't always feel that way, we have generated some useful results already. I started with zones of different normal stresses across the fault, thinking that higher normal stresses would cause longer recurrence intervals of slow slip events in that section. However, it turns out that this effect only shows up between different faults; variations in normal stress on continuous faults don't have significant affects on the each section, since events nucleate in one section and often migrate to another. I don't think we have a way of sorting events by where the most slip occurs. This probably suggests that normal stress either isn't one of the main factors, or that there are tears or other features in the subducting slab which prevent sections of the fault from interacting with each other. We will be exploring this later in the summer with some different fault geometries, as well as changing the frictional properties of the fault.
Each of these model runs takes about 2.5 days to complete, and we can only run one or two at a time on Harmony's computer, so there is a fair amount of time I don't have a whole lot to do. It's not a bad problem to have I suppose, but I do sometimes feel like I should be working more than I am. That could change here soon, since I will need to start my AGU abstract soon, and also I may be starting to write the introduction for the paper we are planning from this. I'm not real worried about writing an abstract, since I have done that already, but the paper will be new. I wrote two different proposals for classes this past school year, but an actual paper will be different, although I feel like it could be easier in some respects since I've actually done what I'm writing about. The writing will run through the fall semester most likely. I'm planning on continuing my project through the school year as my senior project at IUP. It should lend itself well to that, since I work remotely a lot of the time already.
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