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Patience Cowie

Professor, Earth System Dynamics
  • E-mailPatience.Cowie@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 35 16
  • Visitor Address
    Realfagbygget 2nd floor
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

My research is concerned with the mechanics of fault and fracture development in the elastic-brittle part of the lithosphere and includes studies of continental rifts as well as mid-ocean ridges. In my work I use a combination of numerical modelling and field data collection. I am particularly interested in the rates of fault growth and systematic variations in space and time due to fault interaction, and the implications of rate variations for seismic hazard assessment, geomorphic processes (especially river incision) and sedimentation in active tectonic settings. At present I am actively working on various aspects of tectonic geomorphology in the Italian Appenines and mainland Greece. I am also currently involved in a project to use cosmogenically induced 36Cl concentrations to determine exposure ages along active normal faults in central Italy.

Courses that I am involved in teaching:

Historical Geology and Paleontology GEOV105

Geodynamics and Basin Modelling GEOV254


Journal articles
  • Bubeck, Alodie; Wilkinson, Max; Roberts, Gerald P.; Cowie, Patience; McCaffrey, Kenneth J.W.; Phillips, Richard J.; Sammonds, Peter. 2015. The tectonic geomorphology of bedrock scarps on active normal faults in the Italian Apennines mapped using combined ground penetrating radar and terrestrial laser scanning. Geomorphology. 237: 38-51. doi: doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.03.011
  • Cowie, Patience; Roberts, Gerald P.; Phillips, Richard J.; McCaffrey, Kenneth J.W.; Gregory, Laura C; Faure Walker, Joanna; Zijerveld, Leo; Dunai, Tibor; Binnie, Steven; Freeman, Stewart; Wilcken, Klaus M; Wedmore, Luke; Watson, Zoe K; Papanikolaou, I. 2015. Implications of slip rate variability along extensional faults in the central Apennines for geodynamic interpretations and earthquake hazard assessment. 6th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology. 27. 4 pages.
  • Wilkinson, Maxwell; Roberts, Gerald P.; McCaffrey, Kenneth J.W.; Cowie, Patience; Faure Walker, Joanna P.; Papanikolaou, Ioannis; Phillips, Richard J.; Michetti, Alessandro Maria; Vittori, Eutizio; Gregory, Laura; Wedmore, Luke; Watson, Zoë K. 2015. Slip distributions on active normal faults measured from LiDAR and field mapping of geomorphic offsets: An example from L'Aquila, Italy, and implications for modelling seismic moment release. Geomorphology. 237: 130-141. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.04.026
  • Pechlivanidou, Sofia; Vouvalidis, Konstantinos; Løvlie, Reidar; Nesje, Atle; Albanakis, Konstantinos; Pennos, Christos; Syrides, George; Cowie, Patience; Gawthorpe, Robert. 2014. A multi-proxy approach to reconstructing sedimentary environments from the Sperchios delta, Greece. The Holocene. 24: 1825-1839. doi: 10.1177/0959683614551219
  • Cowie, Patience; Scholz, Ccristopher H.; Roberts, Gerald P.; Faure Walker, Joanna; Steer, Philippe. 2013. Viscous roots of active seismogenic faults revealed by geologic slip rate variations. Nature Geoscience. 6: 1036-1040. doi: 10.1038/NGEO1991
  • Cowie, Patience; Roberts, Gerald P.; Bull, Jon; Visini, Francesco. 2012. Relationships between fault geometry, slip rate variability and earthquake recurrence in extensional settings. Geophysical Journal International. 189: 143-160. doi: doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05378.x
  • Faure Walker, Joanna; Roberts, Gerald P.; Cowie, Patience; Papanikolaou, Ioannis; Michetti, Alessandro; Sammonds, Peter; Wilkinson, Max; McCaffrey, Kenneth J.W.; Phillips, Richard J. 2012. Relationship between topography and strain rate in the actively extending Italian Apennines. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 325/326: 76-84. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.01.028
  • Wilkinson, Mazwell W.; McCaffrey, Kenneth J.W.; Roberts, Gerald P.; Cowie, Patience; Phillips, Richard J.; Degasperi, Marzia; Vittori, Eutizio; Michetti, Alessandro Maria. 2012. Distribution and magnitude of post-seismic deformation of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake (M6.3) surface rupture measured using repeat terrestrial laser scanning. Geophysical Journal International. 189: 911-922. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05418.x
  • Hobley, Daniel E. J.; Sinclair, Hugh D.; Mudd, Simon M.; Cowie, Patience. 2011. Field calibration of sediment flux dependent river incision. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface. 116. 18 pages. doi: 10.1029/2010JF001935

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BSc Durham University 1985

PhD Columbia University New York USA 1992

MultiRift project

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