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Associate Professor Jon Kirby

Associate Professor Jon Kirby Associate Professor Jon Kirby

PhD, MSc, BSc

Position Head of Department
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Western Australian School of Mines
Department Department of Spatial Sciences
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 207.219
Phone +61 8 9266 7565
Fax +61 8 9266 2703
Email J.Kirby@curtin.edu.au
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0003-2822-7517
ResearcherID www.researcherid.com/rid/A-5705-2012
Scopus Author Identifier www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=7202384117

Brief Summary

I am Head of Department of Spatial Sciences which is part of the WA School of Mines, and am a member of the department's Geodesy Research Group. My research interests are mainly geophysical and mathematical (see below). I came to Curtin as a postdoc from the UK in 1996, having completed my PhD in geophysical geodesy at Edinburgh University, an MSc in exploration geophysics at Leeds University, and a BSc in physics at Durham University. I had a brief spell as a lecturer at Melbourne University, but returned to Perth to take up a research fellowship at Curtin in 2000. I obtained a continuing academic position in 2005.

Research Interests

My main research interest is lithospheric flexure. In a nutshell, this field concerns estimation of the elastic thickness (Te) of tectonic plates, which is a measure of their strength, or resistance to loading, say from volcanism, mountain-building, or sedimentation. One way to estimate Te is by correlating gravity and topography in the spectral domain, and then inverting the resulting coherence against theoretical models of plate flexure. Hence the research is a combination of geophysics, geodesy, mechanical engineering, and signal processing.

While the Fourier transform may be used to do the spectral analysis, I prefer to use the wavelet transform, which also forms a large part of my research. As well as writing journal articles on wavelets, I have written software to compute the continuous wavelet transform which has been used by many groups worldwide.

My other research topics fall under the category of physical geodesy, such as geoid determination, gravimetric terrain corrections, and satellite altimetry.

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