Katherine Power – BSc Hon. student, uOttawa
North Fiji tectonic fabric
Katherine is building a GIS model of microplate fabrics in the North Fiji Basin, using geophysical datasets such as bathymetry, magnetics, and gravity. Understanding this critical part of the southwest Pacific, with its elevated mantle temperatures and largest cumulative length of active spreading centers per unit area of ocean floor, is crucial to inform assemblage-scale processes and plate boundaries, and how they may be preserved in the rock record.
Katherine joined Mark Hannington’s working group in September 2020 for her honours project. She already gathered experience using various GIS software suites during her work at Natural Resources Canada’s Centre for Remote Sensing, visualizing and analyzing spatial data from satellite imagery.