Renier Ladron de Guevara Viltres

PhD Students




Building 1, 3rd floor, open office area

Research Interest

In my research, I use space-geodetic observations to study crustal motions induced by earthquakes, magmatic events, seasonal water mass variations, and tectonic strains along divergent plate boundaries. My Ph.D. at KAUST focuses on the Afro-Arabian plate system's kinematics,  the present-day plate boundary configuration of the southern Red Sea region, and seasonal deformations induced by the Red Sea water exchange. Additional research interests include the influence of rifting episodes on seismic and volcanic activity in the southern Red Sea region and the use of GNSS observations to perform Precipitable Water Vapor (PWV) and Total Electron Content (TEC) estimations.

Selected Publications

Viltres, R., Jónsson, S., Ruch, J., Doubre, C., Reilinger, R., Floyd, M., & Ogubazghi, G. (2020). Kinematics and deformation of the southern Red Sea region from GPS observations, Geophysical Journal International, 221, 2143-2154, doi:10.1093/gji/ggaa109.


M.Sc., Earth Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
PgD., Earth System Physics, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
B.Sc., Physics, Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Research Interests Keywords

GPS, InSAR, GRACE,  Bayesian, elastic response to surface load, coseismic deformation, Coulomb stress failure