Current team members:

  • Pablo J. González (Senior Researcher)
  • Yu Jiang (COMET and University of Liverpool PhD researcher funded by CSC China Scholarship, 2017-2021). Yu works on the mechanics of continental normal faults applying satellite geodesy and bayesian inference methods.

In addition, we have enjoyed working with our lab visitors, and past team members.

Work with us:

The Estación Volcanológica de Canarias is a research group within CSIC, Spain’s largest research-intensive institution. CSIC is not an academic institution and does not award PhD degrees. However, we are able to supervise, e.g., early career researchers a) who are enrolled in Environmental and Earth Sciences PhD programs at Spanish universities, b) postdoctoral researchers (Marie Curie, Juan de la Cierva, etc), or c) otherwise self-funded researchers who want to spend time in Tenerife for a time-limited project.

If you are interested to collaborate, please contact me and come to research in Tenerife.


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(* Supervised Early Career Researcher)


[63] Omira R., Ramalho R.S., Kim J., González P.J., Kadri U., Miranda J.M., Carrilho F., Baptista M.A., (2022) Global Tonga tsunami explained by a fast-moving atmospheric source. Nature, doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04926-4

[62] González P.J., (2022) Volcano-tectonic control of Cumbre Vieja. Science, 375(6587), 1348-1349, doi:10.1126/science.abn5148

[61] Porras D., Carrasco, J., Carrasco, P., González P.J., (2022) Imaging extensional fault systems using deep electrical resistivity tomography: A case study of the Baza fault, Betic Cordillera, Spain. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 202(104673), doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2022.104673

[60] Jiang* Y., González P.J., Burgmann, R., (2022) Subduction earthquakes controlled by incoming plate geometry: The 2020 M > 7.5 Shumagin, Alaska, earthquake doublet. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 536, 116-139 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2022.117447

[59] González P.J., (2022) Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar. in Remote sensing applications to characterization of geohazards and natural resources Ed. E. Chaussard. Springer. (post-print hosted in EarthXiv) doi:10.31223/X53G9K


[58] Miguelsanz, L., González P.J., Tiampo, K.F., Fernández, J., (2021) Tidal Influence on Seismic Activity During the 2011–2013 El Hierro Volcanic Unrest. Tectonics, 40(2), e2020TC006201, doi:10.1029/2020TC006201

[57] Rodríguez-Molina*, S., González P.J., Charco, M., Negredo, A.M., Schmidt, D.A., (2021) Time-Scales of inter-eruptive Volcano Uplift Signals: Three Sisters Volcanic center, Oregon (USA). Frontiers in Earth Science, 8(645), 1-30, doi:10.3389/feart.2020.577588


[56] Lazecký M., Hatton E., González P.J., Hlaváčová I., Jiránková E., Dvořák F., Šustr Z., Martinovič J., (2020) Displacements Monitoring over Czechia by IT4S1 System for Automatised Interferometric Measurements using Sentinel-1 Data. Remote Sensing, 12(18), 2960, doi:10.3390/rs12182960

[55] Weiss J.R., Walters R.J., Morishita Y., Wright T.J., Lazecký M., Wang H., Hussain E., Hooper A.J., Elliot J.R., Rollins C., Yu C., González P.J., Spaans K., Li Z., Parsons B., (2020) High‐Resolution Surface Velocities and Strain for Anatolia From Sentinel‐1 InSAR and GNSS Data. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(17), 1-12, doi:10.1029/2020GL087376

[54] Lazecký M., Spaans K., González P.J., Maghsoudi Y., Morishita Y., Albino F., Elliot J., Greenall N., Hatton E., Hooper A., Juncu D., McDougall A., Walters R., Watson S., Weiss J.R., Wright T. (2020) LiCSAR: An Automatic InSAR Tool for Measuring and Monitoring Tectonic and Volcanic Activity. Remote Sensing, 12(15), 2430, doi:10.3390/rs12152430

[53] Jiang* Y., González P.J. (2020) Bayesian inversion of wrapped satellite interferometric phase to estimate fault and volcano surface ground deformation models. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 125(5), 1-23 doi:10.1029/2019JB018313 (code)

[52] Wallace P.A., Lamb O.D., De Angelis S., Kendrick J.E., Hornby A.J., Díaz-Moreno A., González P.J., von Aulock F.W., Lamur A., Utley J.E.P., Rietbrock A., Chigna G., Lavallée Y. (2020). Integrated constraints on explosive eruption intensification at Santiaguito dome complex, Guatemala. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 536, 116-139 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116139


[51] Nagy* T., Andreassen L.M., Duller R., González P.J. (2019) SenDiT: The Sentinel-2 Displacement Toolbox with Application to Glacier Surface Velocities. Remote Sensing, 11(10), 1151, doi:10.3390/rs11101151

[50] Samadi Alinia H., Tiampo K.F., Samsonov S.V., González P.J. (2019) Modeling the elevation-dependent seasonal amplitude of tropospheric delays in GPS time series using DInSAR and meteorological data. Geophysical Journal International, 216(1) doi:10.1093/gji/ggy443


[49] Mestre-Quereda A., Lopez-Sanchez J.M., Selva J., González P.J. (2018) An Improved Phase Filter for Differential SAR Interferometry Based on an Iterative Method. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56(8), 4477-4491. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2018.2820725

[48] Bie L., Hicks S., Garth T., González P.J., Rietbrock A. (2018) ‘Two go together’: Near-simultaneous moment release of two asperities during the 2016 Mw6.6 Muji, China earthquake. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 491, 34-42 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.03.033

[47] Mestre-Quereda A., Lopez-Sanchez J.M., Ballester-Berman J.D., González P.J., Hooper A., Wright T.J. (2018) Evaluation of the Multilook Size in Polarimetric Optimization of Differential SAR Interferograms. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 15(9), 1407-1411. doi:10.1109/LGRS.2018.2839179


[46] Bru* G., González P.J., Mateos R.M., Roldan F.J., Herrera G., Bejar-Pizarro M., Fernández J. (2017) A-DInSAR Monitoring of Landslide and Subsidence Activity: A Case of Urban Damage in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain. Remote Sensing, 9(8). doi:10.3390/rs9080787

[45] Delgado F., Pritchard M.E., Ebmeier S.K., González P.J., Lara L. (2017) Recent unrest (2002-2015) imaged by space geodesy at the highest risk Chilean volcanoes: Llaima, Villarica and Calbuco (Southern Andes). Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 344, 270-288 doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.05.020

[44] Bie L., González P.J., Rietbrock A. (2017) Slip Distribution of the 2015 Lefkada Earthquake and its Implications for Fault Segmentation. Geophysical Journal International. 210(1), 420-427. doi:10.1093/gji/ggx171

[43] Tiampo K.F., González P.J., Samsonov S.V., Fernández J., Camacho A.G. (2017) Principal component analysis of MSBAS DInSAR time series from Campi Flegrei, Italy. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 344, 139-153. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.03.004


[42] Shirzaei M., Ellsworth W., Tiampo K.F., González, P.J., M., Manga M. (2016) Surface uplift and time-dependent seismic hazard due to fluid injection in eastern Texas, Science, 353(6306), doi:10.1126/science.aag0262

[41] Bagnardi M., González P.J., Hooper A. (2016). High-resolution digital elevation model from tri-stereo Pleiades-1 satellite imagery for lava flow volume estimates at Fogo Volcano. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(12), 6267-6275. doi:10.1002/2016GL069457

[40] Bonforte A., González P.J., Fernández J. (2016). Joint terrestrial and aerial measurements to study ground deformation: Application to the Sciara del Fuoco at the stromboli volcano (Sicily). Remote Sensing, 8(6). doi:10.3390/rs8060463

[39] Elliott J.R., Jolivet R., González P.J., Avouac J.-P., Hollingsworth J., Searle M.P., Stevens V.L. (2016) Himalayan megathrust geometry and relation to topography revealed by the Gorkha earthquake, Nature Geoscience, 9, 174–180, doi:10.1038/ngeo2623


[38] González P.J., Bagnardi M., Hooper A.J., Larsen Y., Marinkovic P., Samsonov S.V., Wright T.J. (2015) The 2014-2015 eruption of Fogo volcano: geodetic modeling of Sentinel-1 TOPS interferometry, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 9239–9246, doi:10.1002/2015GL066003

[37] González P.J., Herrera G., Luzón F., Tizzani P. (2015) Current Topics on Deformation Monitoring and Modelling, Geodynamics and Natural Hazards: Introduction, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172 (11), 2961–2964 doi:10.1007/s00024-015-1176-9

[36] González P.J., Singh K.D., Tiampo K.F. (2015) Shallow hydrothermal pressurization prior to 2010 Mount Sinabung volcano, Indonesia eruption observed with ALOS satellite radar interferometry, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172 (11), 3229–3245, doi:10.1007/s00024-014-0915-7

[35] Fernández J., González P.J., Camacho A.G., Prieto J.F., Bru* G. (2015) An Overview of Geodetic Volcano Research in the Canary Islands, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172 (11), 3189–3228, doi:10.1007/s00024-014-0916-6

[34] Palano M., González P.J., Fernández J. (2015) The diffuse plate boundary of Nubia and Iberia in the Western Mediterranean: crustal deformation evidence for viscous coupling and fragmented lithosphere, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 430, 439–447, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.08.040

[33] Bonì R., Herrera G., Meisina C., Notti D., Béjar-Pizarro M., Zucca F., González P.J., Palano M., Tomás R., Fernández J., Fernández-Merodo J.A., Mulas J., Aragón R., Guardiola-Albert C. Mora O. (2015) Twenty-year advanced DInSAR analysis of severe land subsidence: the Alto Guadalentín Basin (Spain) case study, Engineering Geology, 198, 42–50, doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2015.08.014

[32] Cannavò F., Camacho A.G., González P.J., Mattia M., Puglisi G., Fernández J. (2015) Real Time Tracking of Magmatic Intrusions by means of Ground Deformation Modeling during Volcanic Crises, Scientific Reports, 5 (10970) doi:10.1038/srep10970

[31] Alipour* S., Tiampo K.F., Samsonov S.V., González P.J. (2015) Short-term surface deformation on the northern Hayward fault, CA, using Polarimetric SAR Interferometry (PolInSAR), Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172 (8), 2179–2193, doi:10.1007/s00024-013-0747-x


[30] Samsonov S.V., Trishchenko A.P., Tiampo K.F., González P.J. Zhang Y., Fernández J. (2014) Removal of systematic seasonal atmospheric signal from interferometric synthetic aperture radar ground deformation time series, Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (17), 6123–6130, doi:10.1002/2014GL061307

[29] Samsonov S.V., Tiampo K.F., Camacho A.G., Fernández J., González P.J. (2014) Spatiotemporal analysis and interpretation of 1993–2013 ground deformation at Campi Flegrei, Italy, observed by advanced DInSAR, Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (17), 6101–6108, doi:10.1002/2014GL060595

[28] González P.J., Palano M. (2014) Mt. Etna 2001 eruption: new insights into the magmatic system feeding and the mechanical response of the western flank from geodetic data, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 274, 108–121, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.02.001

[27] Samsonov S.V., González P.J., Tiampo K.F., d’Oreye N. (2014) Modelling of fast ground subsidence observed in southern Saskatchewan (Canada) during 2008-2011, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 14, 247–257, doi:10.5194/nhess-14-247-2014

[26] Samsonov S.V., d’Oreye N., González P.J., Tiampo K.F., Ertolahti L., Clague J.J. (2014) Rapidly accelerating subsidence in the Greater Vancouver region from two decades of ERS-ENVISAT-RADARSAT-2 DInSAR measurements, Remote Sensing of Environment, 143 (1), 180-191, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2013.12.017

[25] Tomás R., Romero R., Mulas J., Marturià J.J., Mallorquí J.J., Lopez-Sanchez J.M., Herrera G., Gutiérrez F., González, P.J., Fernández J., Duque S., Concha-Dimas A., Cocksley G., Castañeda C., Carrasco D., Blanco P. (2014) Radar interferometry techniques for the study of ground subsidence phenomena: a review of practical issues through cases in Spain, Environmental Earth Sciences, 71 (1), 163-181, doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2422-z

[24] Smets B., d’Oreye N., Kervyn F., Kervin M., Albino F., Arellanos S.R., Bagalwa M., Balagizi C., Carn S.A., Darrah T.H., Fernández J., Galle B., González P.J., Head E., Karume K., Kavotha D., Lukaya F., Mashagiro N., Mavonga G., Norman P., Osodundu E., Pallero J.L.G., Prieto J.F., Samsonov S.V., Syauswa M., Tedesco D., Tiampo K.F., Wauthier C., Yalire M.M. (2014) Detailed multidisciplinary monitoring reveals pre- and co-eruptive signals at Nyamulagira volcano (North Kivu, D.R.C.), Bulletin of Volcanology, 76 (1), 787, doi:10.1007/s00445-013-0787-1


[23] Alipour*, S., Tiampo K.F., Samsonov S., González P.J. (2013) Multibaseline PolInSAR using RADARSAT-2 Quad-pol data: Improvements in interferometric phase analysis, IEEE Geosciences and Remote Sensing Letters, 10 (6), 1280–1284, doi:10.1109/LGRS.2012.2237501, (VOLUME FRONT COVER)

[22] González P.J., Samsonov S., Pepe S., Tiampo K.F., Tizzani P., Casu F., Fernández J., Camacho A.G., Sansosti E. (2013), Magma storage and migration associated with the 2011-2012 El Hierro eruption: Implications for shallow magmatic systems at oceanic island volcanoes, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 118, 4361–4377, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50289

[21] Samsonov S., González P.J., Tiampo K.F., d’Oreye N. (2013) Spatio-temporal analysis of ground deformation in southern Saskatchewan observed by Radarsat-2 DInSAR during 2008-2011, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 39 (1), 27-33, doi:10.5589/m13-005

[20] Tiampo K.F., González P.J., Samsonov S. (2013) New results for aseismic creep on the Hayward fault using polarization persistent scatterer InSAR, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 367, 157–165 , doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.02.019

[19] Palano M., González P.J., Fernández J. (2013) Strain and stress fields along the Gibraltar Orogenic Arc: Constraints on active geodynamics, Gondwana Research, 23 (3), 1071-1088, doi:10.1016/


[18] González P.J., Tiampo, K.F., Palano M., Cannavo F., Fernández J. (2012) The 2011 Lorca earthquake slip distribution controlled by groundwater crustal unloading, Nature Geoscience, 5 (11), 755-834, doi:10.1038/ngeo1610

[17] Eff-Darwich A., Pérez-Darias J.C., Fernández J., García-Lorenzo B., González-Fernández A., González P.J. (2012) Using a mesoscale meteorological model to reduce the effect of tropospheric water vapour from DInSAR data: a case study for the Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 169 (8), 1425-1441, doi:10.1007/s00024‐011‐0401‐4


[16] Camacho A.G., González P.J., Fernández J., Berrino G. (2011). Modelling ground deformation and gravity changes by means of 3D extended pressured bodies with free geometry. Application to deforming calderas, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B10401, doi:10.1029/2010JB008165

[15] González P.J., Fernández J. (2011). Error estimation in multitemporal InSAR deformation time series, with application to Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B10404, doi:10.1029/2011JB008412

[14] Samsonov S., Beavan J., González P.J., Tiampo K.F., Fernández J. (2011). Ground deformation in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand observed by the ALOS PALSAR interferometry, Geophysical Journal International, 187 (1), 147-160, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05129.x

[13] González P.J., Fernández J. (2011). Drought-driven transient aquifer compaction imaged using multitemporal satellite radar interferometry, Geology, 39 (6), 551-554, doi:10.1130/G31900.1, (VOLUME FRONT COVER)

[12] d’Oreye N., González P.J., Shuler A., Bagalwa L., Ekström G., Kavotha D., Kervyn F., Lucas C., Lukaya F., Oth A, Wauthier C., Fernández J. (2011). Source parameters of the 2008 Bukavu-Cyangugu earthquake estimated from InSAR and teleseismic data, Geophysical Journal International, 184 (2), 934-948, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04899.x


[11] González P.J., Tiampo K.F., Camacho A.G., Fernández J. (2010). Shallow flank deformation at Cumbre Vieja volcano (Canary Islands): Implications on the stability of steep-sided volcano flanks at oceanic islands, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 297 (3-4), 545-557, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.07.006

[10] Samsonov S.V., Tiampo K.F., González P.J., Manville V., Jolly G., (2010). Modelling deformation occurring in the city of Auckland, New Zealand mapped by the Differential Synthetic Aperture Radar. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115 (B08410), doi:10.1029/2009JB006806

[9] González P.J., Chini M., Stramondo S., Fernández J. (2010). Co-seismic horizontal offsets and fault trace mapping using phase correlation of IRS satellite images: the 1999 Izmit (Turkey) earthquake. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 48 (5), 2242-2250, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2009.2039352


[8] Wolf D., González P.J., Fernández J. (2009). Introduction to the topical issue: Deformation and Gravity Change: Indicators of Isostasy, Tectonics, Volcanism and Climate Change. Volume II. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 166 (8-9), doi:10.1007/s00024-009-0524-z

[7] Prieto J.F., González P.J., Seco A., Rodríguez-Velasco G., Tunini L., Perlock P.A., Arjona A., Aparicio A., Camacho A.G., Rundle J.B., Tiampo K.F., Pallero J.L.G., Pospiech S., Fernández J. (2009). Geodetic and structural research in La Palma Island, Canaries, Spain. 2004-2007 results and implications. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 166 (8-9), doi:10.1007/s00024-009-0505-2

[6] Seco A., González P.J., Ramírez F., García R., Prieto E., Yagüe C., Fernández J. (2009). GPS monitoring of the tropical storm Delta along the Canary Islands track, November 28-29, 2005. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 166 (8-9), doi:10.1007/s00024-009-0502-5

[5] González P.J., Camacho A.G., Fernández J., (2009). Co-seismic three dimensional displacements determined using SAR data: theory and an application test. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 166 (8-9), doi:10.1007/s00024-009-0500-7

[4] Camacho A.G., Fernández J., González P.J., Rundle J.B., Prieto J.F., Arjona A. (2009). Structural results for La Palma Island using 3-D gravity inversion, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114 (B05411), doi:10.1029/2008JB005628

[3] Fernández J., Tizzani P., Manzo M., Borgia A., González P.J., Martí J., Pepe A., Camacho A.G., Casu F., Berardino P., Prieto J.F., Lanari R. (2009). Gravity-driven deformation of Tenerife measured by InSAR time series analysis, Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (L04306), doi:10.1029/2008GL036920


[2] Perlock P., González P.J., Tiampo K.F., Rodríguez-Velasco G., Samsonov S., Fernández J. (2008). Time evolution of deformation using time series of differential interferograms: Application to La Palma Island (Canary Islands), Pure and Applied Geophysics, 165 (8), doi:10.1007/s00024-004-0388-7


[1] Gottsman J., Wooler L., Martí J., Fernández J., Camacho A.G., González P.J., García A., Rymer H. (2006). New evidence for the reawakening of Teide volcano, Geophysical Research Letters, 33 (L20311), doi:10.1029/2006GL027523



Remote Characterization of groundwater storage changes using geophysical Observations and Modelling of Poroelastic processes in Aquifers, under Compaction and Transient groundwater flow conditions


Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics


At the University of Liverpool, I taught a number of courses:

Undergraduate level: ENVS101: Study Skills and GIS (Earth Science), ENVS258: Environmental Geophysics (Remote Sensing & GNSS), ENVS368/568: Geophysical Exploration Techniques, ENVS314: Quantitative Tectonics and ENVS300/400: Geophysical Project (BSc Geophysics research project)

Master level: ENVS608: MSc Petroleum Geology project

I also recently taught lectures/courses for: * The COMET-InSAR training workshops at University of Leeds in November 2016, 2017 and 2018; * Digital Elevation Models for Earth Sciences Workshop, a 1-day workshop in Liverpool, 9th January 2017; together with Dr Felix Von-Aulock (Liverpool) and Dr Mike James (Lancaster); * Volcano geodesy modules during the 1st Tenerife International Training Course on Volcano Monitoring, Tenerife Islands (Canary Islands), 1-10 April 2017.

If you are interested in such materials for teaching, get in touch.

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