Gabi Laske


Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

University of California San Diego

Education and Employment
07/2012-PresentProfessor, IGPP, UC San Diego
07/2011-06/2012Res. Geophysicist/Senior Lecturer, IGPP, UC San Diego
07/2002-06/2011Assoc. Res. Geophysicist/Lecturer, IGPP, UC San Diego
11/1998-06/2002Assistant Research Geophysicist, IGPP, UC San Diego
06/1996-10/1998Assistant Project Scientist, IGPP, UC San Diego
01/1994-05/1996Postgraduate Researcher, IGPP, UC San Diego
01/1994-12/1995Cecil and Ida Green Scholar, IGPP, UC San Diego
1993Dr. rer. Nat., Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
1988Diplom in Geophysics (M.S. equiv.), Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
1982Vordiplom in Geophysics (B.S. equiv.), Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Service to IRIS and Seismological Community
2012-PresentAmphibious Array Steering Committee
2012 Rolling-deck-to-repository(R2R) Advisory Panel
2005-Present IRIS Institution Representative
2002-2004 IRIS GSN Standing Committee
Contributions to various IRIS proposals and the 2002 OMD science plan
Other selected services
2009-Present Independent liaison between OBSIP users and SIO OBS group to resolve data issues
2007-PresentSIO Marine Operations Committee (chair since 2011)
2004-Present Editor for GJI
2001-2005 Associate Editor for JGR
2010Co-organizer of OBS user workshop, Snowbird, UT
2007Proposal co-PI for NSF ORION-OOI proposal
AGU Lehmann Medal Nomination Committee
NSF review panelist
Interactions with IRIS DMC to debug instrument response software
Being an observational seismologist, IRIS has facilitated and influenced my research profoundly. As a student, I worked on single-record magnetic-tape data from the Black Forest Observatory, Germany, which has provided some of the world’s most spectacular free-oscillation spectra. It was exhilarating to witness how this observatory became part of the GSN, and how easy access to a large network of other such stations became a reality. With all the GSN, PASSCAL, EARTHSCOPE, OBSIP and other data available at a fingertip, IRIS revolutionized the way data are shared and used. In fact, IRIS has served as role model for neighboring disciplines to follow suit. In a funding climate that penalizes continuation of “business as usual”, IRIS increasingly faces the need to reinvent itself to stay competitive. Our biggest challenge will be to find the right balance between diversification into research and education on one hand and, on the other hand, providing the upkeep of DMC services and maintaining data quality and continuity, the things that made observational seismology what it is today. As a student, I participated in adventurous active source experiments, some in areas that are no longer safe to visit. Unfortunately, many of these data never made it to a common and safe data repository. My biggest dream is that the growing data and tools that are now at IRIS will continue to grow and be at IRIS for the generation after the next one.