Harriet Lau is interested in understanding the large-scale properties of Earth, but in particular, the anelastic/viscous and buoyancy structure of the mantle. Her work involves studying processes across different timescales, from solid earth tides (~ hours) to post-glacial rebound (~ 10,000 years), making sure that our theoretical understanding of these dissipative processes is consistent across this broad spectrum. With such a framework, observations may then be used to infer various material properties of the Earth, from the long-wavelength buoyancy structure of the deep mantle to the transient nature of Earth's rheology.
Research Expertise and Interest
Earth's mantle, material properties of Earth
October 18, 2022
Dr. Harriet C.P. Lau has been awarded a 2022 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.