Yehuda Bock
Distinguished Researcher
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Director, Scripps Orbit and Permanent Array Center
Director, California Spatial Reference Center

Yehuda Bock, a distinguished researcher and senior lecturer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, investigates satellite geodetic methods, natural hazards, crustal deformation at tectonic plate boundaries in southern California, Indonesia, Japan and the Middle East, and subsidence in Venice, Italy. Bock also is director of the Scripps Orbit and Permanent Array Center (SOPAC), which develops continuous Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, operates the California Real Time Network (CRTN) and part of the Southern California Integrated GPS Network (SCIGN), and maintains an extensive archive of global continuous GPS data and data products. Bock researches the integration of real-time GPS and seismic data and applies it to earthquake and tsunami early warning systems, and on GPS meteorology for monitoring extreme weather events and their potential for flooding.

Bock also is director of the California Spatial Reference Center (CSRC), headquartered at Scripps. The CSRC uses GPS technology to benefit users throughout the state of California seeking a geodetic reference frame for surveying and engineering. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Bock attended Washington Square College at New York University and received a BA degree in mathematics. He also completed a BS in geodetic and civil engineering at Israel Institute of Technology.  At Ohio State University, Bock earned an MS and a PhD.

Bock has taught courses on GIS and GPS at UCSD and worked as a visiting professor at Gadjah Mada University, in Java, Indonesia. He was a research scientist and lecturer for five years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bock also held a joint appointment working as a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. as well as at Scripps Institution.

Bock is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the International Association of Geodesy, and is a member of the Seismological Society of America. He received the Weikko A. Heiskanen Award from the Ohio State University.  He is one of the founders of the International GNSS Service (IGS) and served on its governing board. Bock has been an associate editor of Manuscripta Geodaetica, Bulletin Géodésique, and Journal of Geophysical Research.

Last updated September 2012