Imperial College London

Prof Jenny Collier

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Professor of Marine Geophysics



+44 (0)20 7594 6443jenny.collier CV




4.46Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Harmon, N and Rychert, C and Collier, J and Henstock, T and van, Hunen J and Wilkinson, JJ},
doi = {gji/ggz290},
journal = {Geophysical Journal International},
pages = {725--733},
title = {Mapping geologic features onto subducted slabs},
url = {},
volume = {219},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Estimating the location of geologic and tectonic features on a subducting plate is important for interpreting their spatial relationships with other observables including seismicity, seismic velocity and attenuation anomalies, and the location of ore deposits and arc volcanism in the over-riding plate. Here we present two methods for estimating the location of predictable features such as seamounts, ridges and fracture zones on the slab. One uses kinematic reconstructions of plate motions, and the other uses multidimensional scaling to flatten the slab onto the surface of the Earth. We demonstrate the methods using synthetic examples and also using the test case of fracture zones entering the Lesser Antilles subduction zone. The two methods produce results that are in good agreement with each other in both the synthetic and real examples. In the Lesser Antilles, the subducted fracture zones trend northwards of the surface projections. The two methods begin to diverge in regions where the multidimensional scaling method has its greatest likely error. Wider application of these methods may help to establish spatial correlations globally.
AU - Harmon,N
AU - Rychert,C
AU - Collier,J
AU - Henstock,T
AU - van,Hunen J
AU - Wilkinson,JJ
DO - gji/ggz290
EP - 733
PY - 2019///
SN - 0956-540X
SP - 725
TI - Mapping geologic features onto subducted slabs
T2 - Geophysical Journal International
UR -
UR -
UR -
VL - 219
ER -