Glen Mattioli, UTA professor of environmental and earth sciences, is helping organize the Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network, or COCONet, a National Science Foundation-funded project. More than 60 high-precision Global Positioning System stations will be added to the Caribbean and Caribbean-border nations, including Haiti.
"In order to be able to look at individual faults you need to know how the Caribbean plate is moving relative to its neighbors because that's the motion that drives the entire system," Mattioli said in a news release. "We know there are going to be earthquakes. The question we're trying to get a handle on is which regions are more likely to rupture in the future and what the magnitude will be."
Mattioli and his wife, UTA College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma, have been researching tectonic plate movement in the Caribbean region for two decades. Check out this video of UTA professors talking about their research into earthquakes.