Charlotte Rowe, seismologist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory

Courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory

Imagine knowing ahead of time when volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis were going to happen. That’s exactly what Charlotte Rowe, a seismologist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is grappling with.

Rowe is a research scientist and serves on the International Joint Task Force for SMART— Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunication — Cables.

“Right now, almost all of our seismographs are on land, and the oceans cover 75 percent of the planet. So there’s a huge part of the globe where we don’t have any sensors,” said Rowe.

As part of the Science on Tap series coordinated by LANL’s Bradbury Science Museum, Rowe will present these new seismic sensor cables in “The Sounds Under the Sea” on Monday (May 17) from 5:30–7:00 p.m.

The free, online event will inform and inspire New Mexicans interested in learning more about Earth Science and new tools designed for our continued survival.

To register for the WebEx event, visit

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