Yan Jiang

Image Yan Jiang
Research Scientist

My research covers a wide range of earth science topics, mainly in the field of crustal deformation, earthquakes, tectonics, climate change and sea level change. A major part of my research has been focusing on to the development and usage of space geodetic techniques, mainly GPS and InSAR, but also other techniques. My current research focus on seismo-tectonics of western Canada and climate change induced deformation.

Education and awards

2012           Ph.D. Marine Geology and Geophysics; University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA

2006           B.Eng. Geomatics Engineering; Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Key publications

  1. Kao, H., Hyndman, R., Jiang, Y., Visser, R., Smith, B., Babaie Mahani, A., et al. (2018). Induced seismicity in western Canada linked to tectonic strain rate: Implications for regional seismic hazard. Geophysical Research Letters, 45. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL079288


  1. Li, S., Wang, K., Wang, Y., Jiang, Y., & Dosso, S. E. (2018). Geodetically inferred locking state of the Cascadia megathrust based on a viscoelastic Earth model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123, 8056–8072. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB015620


  1. Sun, T., E. E. Davis, K. Wang, Y. Jiang (2017), Trench-breaching afterslip following deeper coseismic slip of the 2012 Mw 7.6 Costa Rica earthquake constrained by near-trench pressure and land based geodetic observations, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 479, 263-272.


  1. Jiang, Y., Z. Liu, E. E. Davis, S. Y. Schwartz, T. H. Dixon, R. Malservisi, N. Voss, M. Protti (2017), Strain release at trench during shallow slow slip: The example of Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 4846-4854, doi:10.1002/2017GL072803.


  1. Gao, D., K. Wang, E. E. Davis, Y. Jiang, T. L. Insua, J. He (2017), Thermal state of the Explorer segment of the Cascadia subduction zone: Implications for seismic and tsunami hazards, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 18, 1569-1579, doi:10.1002/2017GC006838.


  1. Malservisi, R, S. Y. Schwartz, N. Voss, M. Protti, V. Gonzalez, T. H. Dixon, Y. Jiang, A. V. Newman, J. Richardson, J. I. Walter, D. Voyenko (2015), Multiscale postseismic behavior on a megathrust: The 2012 Nicoya earthquake, Costa Rica, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 16, 1848-1864, doi:10.1002/2015GC005794.


  1. Dixon, T.H., Y. Jiang, R. Malservisi, R. McCaffrey, N. Voss, M. Protti, and V. Gonzalez (2014), Earthquake and tsunami forecasts: Relation of slow slip events to subsequent earthquake rupture PNAS 2014 111 (48) 17039-17044;doi:10.1073/pnas.1412299111


  1. Hackl, M., R. Malservisi, U Hugentobler, and Y. Jiang (2013), Velocity covariance in the presence of anisotropic time correlated noise and transient events in GPS time series (2013), Journal of Geodynamics, Volume 72, Pages 36-45, ISSN 0264-3707.


  1. Jiang, Y., S. Wdowinski, T. H. Dixon, M. Hackl, M. Protti, and V. Gonzalez (2012), Slow slip events in Costa Rica detected by continuous GPS observations, 2002–2011, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst.,13, Q04006, doi:10.1029/2012GC004058.


  1. Feng, L., A. V. Newman, M. Protti, V. González, Y. Jiang, and T. H. Dixon (2012), Active deformation near the Nicoya Peninsula, northwestern Costa Rica, between 1996 and 2010: Interseismic megathrust coupling, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B06407, doi:10.1029/ 2012JB009230.


  1. Newman, A. V., S. Stiros, L. Feng, P. Psimoulis, F. Moschas, V. Saltogianni, Y. Jiang, C. Papazachos, D. Panagiotopoulos, E. Karagianni, D. Vamvakaris (2012), Recent geodetic unrest at Santorini Caldera, Greece, Geophys. Res. Lett.,39, L06309, doi:10.1029/ 2012GL051286.


  1. Osmanoglu, B., Dixon, T. H., Wdowinski, S., Cabral-Cano, E., &Jiang, Y. (2011). Mexico City subsidence observed with persistent scatterer InSAR. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 13(1), 1-12.


  1. Jiang, Y., Dixon, T. H., and Wdowinski, S. (2010). Accelerating uplift in the North Atlantic region as an indicator of ice loss. Nature Geosci, 3(6), 404-407.


  1. Weber, J., Vrabec, M., Pavlovcic-Preseren, P., Dixon, T., Jiang, Y.,&Stopar, B. (2010). GPS-derived motion of the Adriatic microplate from Istria Peninsula and Po Plain sites, and geodynamic implications. Tectonophysics, 483(3-4), 214-222.


Research facility

9860 W. Saanich Road
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2


2014 - Now   Research Scientist, NRCAN

2018 - Now   Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Science, University of Victoria



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