Dr. Donald Argus

  • Ph.D. Geophysics, Northwestern University (1990)
  • M.S. Geophysics, Northwestern University (1986)
  • B.S. Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983)

Research Interests: 
  • Earthquake strain accumulation and water resources in metropolitan Los Angeles and California
  • Current plate motions, continental deformation, and tectonics
  • Earth’s elastic and viscous response to ice sheet unloading
  • Changes in water resources in California and North America
  • Velocity of Earth’s center and wander of Earth’s spin axis
  • Space geodesy: Global Positioning System, Very Long Baseline Interferometry,
    • Satellite Laser Ranging, Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite,
    • Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, and Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment.

Professional Experience: 
  • Principal Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory  (2005–Present)
  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory  (1997–2005)
  • Member Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory  (1992–1997)
  • Postdoctorate Research Associate, National Academy of Sciences (1990–1992)

Professional Committees

  • International Association of Geodesy, Sub-Commission 1.2 Global Reference Frames (2007-Present)
  • International Association of Geodesy, Sub–Commission 3.2a Global Crustal Deformation (2011–Present)
  • International Association of Geodesy, Sub–Commission 3.4 Cyrospheric Deformation (2011-Present)
  • Stable North America Reference Frame Working Group (2004–2008)
  • Southern California Integrated GPS Network Coordinating Board (2000–2005)
  • International Terrestrial Reference Frame Definition Working Group (1999–2004)

Selected Awards: 
  • Highly Cited Researcher, Institute for Scientific Information (http://isihighlycited.com/)
  • AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Geophysical Research Letters 2015.
  • Ed Stone Outstanding Research Publication at Jet Propulsion Laboratory  2005
  • Editor’s Choice, Highlight of Recent Literature, Tolerant to a Fault [Science v. 294, p. 2431, 2001]

Selected Publications: 
  • Peltier, W. R., D. F. Argus, and R. Drummond (2015), Space geodesy constrains ice age terminal deglaciation: The global ICE-6G_C (VM5a) model, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth 119, doi:10.1002/2014JB011176.
  • Fu, Y., D. F. Argus, and F. W. Landerer (2015), GPS as an independent measurement to estimate terrestrial water storage variations in Washington and Oregon, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth 120, doi:10.1002/2014JB011415.
  • Argus, D. F., Y. Fu, and F. W. Landerer (2014), GPS as a high resolution technique for evaluating water resources in California, Geophys. Res. Lett. 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL059570.
  • Argus, D. F, W. R. Peltier, R. Drummond, and A. W. Moore (2014), The Antarctica component of postglacial rebound model ICE-6G_C (VM5a) based on GPS positioning, exposure age dating of ice thicknesses, and relative sea level histories, Geophys. J. Int. 197, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu140.
  • Argus, D. F., G. Blewitt, W. R. Peltier, and C. Kreemer, Rise of the Ellsworth mountains and parts of the East Antarctic peninsula observed with GPS, Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L16303, doi:10.1029/2011GL048025 (2011).
  • Argus, D. F., R. G. Gordon, M. B. Heflin, C. Ma, R. J. Eanes, P. Willis, W. R. Peltier, S. E. Owen, The angular velocities of the plates and the velocity of Earth’s center from space geodesy, Geophys. J. Int. 180, 913-960 doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04463.x (2010).
  • Argus, D. F. & W. R. Peltier, Constraining models of postglacial rebound using space geodesy: a detailed assessment of model ICE-5G (VM2) and its relatives, Constraining models of postglacial rebound using space geodesy, Geophys. J. Int. 181, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04562.x (2010).
  • DeMets, D. C., R. G. Gordon, D. F. Argus, Geologically recent plate motions, Geophys. J. Int. 181, 1-80, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04491.x (2010).
  • Argus, D. F., Defining the translational velocity of the reference frame of Earth, Geophys. J. Int. 169, 830-838, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.20007.03344.x (2007).
  • Argus, D. F., M. B. Heflin, G. Peltzer, F. H. Webb, and F. Crampe, Interseismic strain accumulation and anthropogenic motion in metropolitan Los Angeles, J. Geophys. Res. 101, B04401, doi:10.1029/2003JB002934, (2005).
  • Argus, D. F., and R. S. Gross, An estimate of motion between the spin axis and the hotspots over the past century, Geophys. Res. Lett. 31, LO6614, doi:10.1029/2004GL019657, (2004).
  • Argus, D. F., and R. G. Gordon, Present tectonic motion across the Coast ranges and San Andreas fault system in central California, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. 113, 1580-92 (2001).
  • Argus, D. F., M. B. Heflin, A. Donnellan, F. H. Webb, D. Dong, K. J. Hurst, D. C. Jefferson, G. A. Lyzenga, M. M. Watkins, and J. F. Zumberge, Shortening and thickening of metropolitan Los Angeles measured and inferred using geodesy, Geology 27, 703-706 (1999).
  • Argus, D. F., W. R. Peltier, and M. M. Watkins, Glacial isostatic adjustment observed using very long baseline interferometry and satellite laser ranging, J. Geophys. Res. 104, 29077-29083 (1999).
  • Argus, D. F., Postglacial uplift and subsidence of earth's surface using VLBI geodesy: On establishing vertical reference, Geophys. Res. Lett. 23, 973-976 (1996).
  • Argus, D. F., and R. G. Gordon, Tests of the rigid-plate hypothesis and bounds on plate rigidity using geodetic data from very long baseline interferometry, J. Geophys. Res. 101, 13555-13572 (1996).
  • Argus, D. F., and M. B. Heflin, Global plate motion and crustal deformation estimated with geodetic data from the global positioning system, Geophys. Res. Lett. 22, 1973-1976 (1995).
  • DeMets, C., R. G. Gordon, D. F. Argus, and S. Stein, Effect of recent revisions to the geomagnetic reversal time scale on estimates of current plate motions, Geophys. Res. Lett. 21, 2191-2194 (1994).
  • Argus, D. F., and R. G. Gordon, Current Sierra Nevada-North America motion from very long baseline interferometry: Implications for the kinematics of western U.S., Geology 19, 1085-1088 (1991).
  • Argus, D. F., and R. G. Gordon, No-net-rotation model of current plate velocities incorporating plate motion model NUVEL-1, Geophys. Res. Lett. 18, 2039-2042 (1991).
  • Argus, D. F., and R. G. Gordon, Comparison of Pacific-North America plate motion determined from very long baseline interferometry with that determined from magnetic anomalies, transform faults, and earthquake slip vectors, J. Geophys. Res. 95, 17315-17324 (1990).
  • DeMets, C., R. G. Gordon, D. F. Argus, and S. Stein, Current plate motions, Geophys. J. Int. 101, 425-478 (1990).
  • Argus, D. F., R. G. Gordon, C. DeMets, and S. Stein, Closure of the Africa-Eurasia-North America plate motion circuit and tectonics of the Gloria Fault, J. Geophys. Res. 94, 5585-5602 (1989).
Donald Argus
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