Michael Asten


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1973 …2019
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Michael Asten was a Professor (Research), part-time, in the School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University, Melbourne, retiring in 2015, and continuing as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. He gained a PhD in geophysics from Macquarie University in 1977, worked in academia and the mineral exploration industry in Australia and overseas to1997, and joined Monash part time in 1997. He is recipient/co-recipient of five innovation awards from the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, CSIRO and BHP in the years to 1997. While at Monash he has been recipient of two ARC Linkage grants, two US Army SERDP grants, four US Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia grants. He has current collaborative projects with the US Geological Survey, the north-American Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS)  and the Middle East Technological University, Turkey, and Rio Tinto Exploration.

He served for 3 years as the Australian Geoscience Council representative on the Australian Academy of Sciences UNCOVER Executive Committee, a group providing guidance for development of next-generation technology in Australia for mineral exploration.

He has served twice on ARC panels reviewing key centres. Prof. Asten has published as author or co-author 200 scientific papers (including 109 peer-reviewed to the ARC C1 and E1 standards) on a wide range of topics in mineral exploration and earthquake hazard. He has published on climate sensitivity as deduced from deep-ocean records of the Eocene period, and is part of an international group of scientists investigating centennial and millennial natural cycles of climate change and the hypothesis that they are in part subject to astronomical control via cosmic ray flux on the Earth’s atmosphere.  He is a regular commentator on climate-change science with 37 OpEds and letters and comments published in The Australian, The Age and various geoscience journals, since 2009.




  • earthquake hazard, passive seismic, microtremor, MMSPAC, Risdon Cove

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Projects 2003 2019

Research Output 1973 2019

Shear-wave velocity in the Seattle Basin to 2 km depth characterized with the KRSPAC microtremor array method: Insights for urban basin-scale imaging

Stephenson, W. J., Asten, M. W., Odum, J. K. & Frankel, A. D., 1 May 2019, In : Seismological Research Letters. 90, 3, p. 1230-1242 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Spatially averaged coherencies (krSPAC) and Rayleigh effective-mode modeling of microtremor data from asymmetric arrays

Asten, M. W., Stephenson, W. J. & Hartzell, S., 1 May 2019, In : Geophysics. 84, 3, p. EN47-EN56 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Open Access

Application of the Spatial Auto-Correlation Method for Shear-Wave Velocity Studies Using Ambient Noise

Asten, M. W. & Hayashi, K., 1 Jul 2018, In : Surveys in Geophysics. 39, 4, p. 633-659 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Evaluation of Site Response with Alternative Methods: A Case Study for Engineering Implications

Sisman, F. N., Askan, A. & Asten, M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Pure and Applied Geophysics. 175, 1, p. 257-273 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review