Christopher G.A. Harrison

Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics  Full CV


B. A. Natural Sciences, Cambridge University, England, 1960.
Ph.D. Geophysics, Cambridge University , England, 1966. 
Sc.D. Geophysics, Cambridge University, England, 1989. 
Faculty, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, 1967-now

Research Interests

Geomagnetism; Paleomagnetic data analysis; Magnetic anomalies; Sea level change; Plate tectonics; Satellite geodesy; Remote sensing. 

Current Projects

I have produced a new model for the geomagnetic field consisting of a central axial dipole and a series of vertical off centered dipoles placed within the core to give the correct slope to the Lowes-Mauersberger function. The off centered dipoles are statistically concentrated towards the geographic poles so as to give the right variation of VGP scatter as a function of observation latitude. The model statistically explains the scatter of VGPs without any low latitude cutoff. This has been submitted for publication in Gcubed
I have recently published a paper in Geologisches Rundschau (2000) on a new model for the mechanical erosion rate.
I have produced a power spectrum of sea level changes spanning about fifteen orders of magnitude in frequency, with periods from 5 seconds to 600 million years. This has been published in Gcubed (2002). I am presenting further ramifications about this topic at the fall 2002 AGU meeing
With colleagues at Scripps Institution of Oceanography I am working on realistic model for the large magnetic anomalies recently detected over part of the southern hemisphere of Mars. We presented a paper on these results at the 1999 fall AGU meeting in San Francisco

Recent Publications

2002 C.G.A. Harrison, Power spectrum of sea level change over fifteen decades of frequency, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 3(1), 10.1029/2002/GC003000, 2002.

2001 C.G.A. Harrison, Resource Letter: G-1: Geomagnetism, American Journal of Physics, 89, 534-542.

2001 C.G.A. Harrison, Plate Tectonics, in "Encyclopedia of Global Change", ed.Andrew S.           Goudie, Oxford University Press, pp. 251-259.

2000 C.G.A. Harrison, Questions about magnetic lineations in the ancient crust of Mars, Science, 287, 547a.

2000 E. Norabuena, T.H. Dixon, S. Stein, C.G.A. Harrison, Decelerating Nazca-South America and Nazca-Pacific plate motions, Geophys. Res. Lett., 26, 3405-3408.

2000 C.G.A.Harrison, What factors control mechanical erosion rates?, Int J. Earth Sci., 88, 752-763.

2000 E. Cabral-Cano, H.R. Lang, G. Draper, and C.G.A. Harrison, Structure and deformation history of the Tierra Caliente region, southern Mexico, J. Geol., 108, 427-446. 

2000 E. Cabral-Cano, H. R. Lang, and C.G.A. Harrison, Stratigraphic assessment of the Arcelia-Teloloapan area, southern Mexico: implications for southern Mexico’s post-Neocomian tectonic evolution, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 13, 443-457.

1999 Herrero-Bervera, E., Walker, G.P.P., Guerrero, J., Harrison, C.G.A., Paleomagnetic stratigraphy of three sections in eastern Iceland, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, in press

1999 Harrison, C.G.A., Constratints on ocean volume change since the Archean, Geophysical Research Letters, 26: 1913-1916. 

1999 Cabral-Cano, E., Lang, H.R., Harrison, C.G.A., Tectonostratigraphic analysis of the Tierra Caliente Metamorphic Complex, southern Mexico, Part 1. Stratigraphy, Geofisica Internacional, in press

1999 Mao, A., Harrison, C.G.A., Dixon, T., Noise in GPS time series, Journal of Geophysical Research, 104: 2797-2816. 

1998 Harrison, C.G.A., The hypsography of the ocean floor, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 23: 761-774. 

1998 Meyers, J.B., Rosendahl, B.R., Harrison, C.G.A., Ding, Z.-D., Deep-imaging seismic and gravity results from the offshore Cmeroon Volcanic Line, and speculation on African hotlines, Tectonophysics, 284: 31-63. 

1996 Baltuck, M., Dickey, J., Dixon, T. and Harrison, C.G.A., New approaches raise questions about future sea level rise,, EOS, 77: 385, 388. 

1996 Lang, H. R., Barros, J. A., Cabral-Cano, E., Draper, G. and Harrison, C.G.A., Terrane deletion in northern Guerrero State, Geofisica Internacional,35: 349-359. 

1996 Herrero Bervera, E., Walker, G. P. L., Harrison, C.G.A. and Garcia, J. C. G., Reversal records from eastern Iceland lava flows and their geodynamic significance, Surveys in Geophysics, 17: 197-206. 

1995 Harrison, C.G.A., Secular variation of the Earth's magnetic field, J. Geomag. Geoelect., 47: 131-147. 

1994 Harrison, C. G. A., Rates of continental erosion and mountain building, Geologisches Rundschau, 83: 431-447. 

1991 Johnson, C.A., Lang, H.R., Cabral-Cano, E., Harrison, C.G.A., and Barros, J.A., Preliminary assessment of stratigraphy and structure, San Lucas region, Michoacan and Guerrero States, SW Mexico, The Mountain Geologist, 28: 121-135. 

1990 Johnson, C.A. and Harrison, C.G.A., Neotectonics in Central Mexico, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 64: 187-210. 

1990 Harrison, C.G.A. and Douglas, N., Satellite Laser Ranging constraints on plate motions, Tectonics, 9: 935-952. 

1990 Harrison, C.G.A., Long term eustasy and epeirogeny in continents, In: Roger Revelle (ed), Sea-Level Change, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, pp. 141-158. 


Prof. Christopher Harrison
of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

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Telephone: (305)-421-4610
Fax: (305)-421-4632

Last Revised: December 8, 2004