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Please scroll down for keynote lectures delivered at the 35th General Assembly in Trieste, Italy.
The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission will take place in Valletta, Malta from 2 to 7 September 2018. Save the date!
The Peter Bormann Young Seismologist Training Course will be organized in the preceding week.
2017 Annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America
was held on 18 - 20 April, Denver, Colorado
The joint SSA-ESC session at the meeting was titled:
Advances in Geotechnical Borehole Arrays, Data, and Analyses
Scope of the session:
The design objective of geotechnical borehole arrays is to capture instrumental observations of the earthquake effects associated with the penultimate event in the region in which the array is deployed. The broader objective is to capture a suite of earthquakes covering a range of ground motions and strain levels that include the effects of the near-surface geology from linear through nonlinear behavior. These observations are the empirical case histories that are used to validate the constitutive models in site-specific ground response analysis, providing direct in situ evidence of soil nonlinearity and liquefaction. Geotechnical borehole array data when coupled with nearby structural arrays provide insights into soil-foundation-structure interaction.
This session aims to bring together the Engineering, Seismological, and Geophysical communities and create a platform for discussion and exchange concerning borehole arrays, data, and applications. We welcome contributions from all aspects of borehole data analysis, including, but not limited to: interferometry, material properties in the linear and non-linear range, liquefaction, site response, amplification, and attenuation. We encourage novel and hybrid applications of vertical arrays, including coupled subsurface-and-superstructure arrays. We also seek to hear from those installing new arrays, compiling new databases of downhole data, and to discuss new possibilities for applications.
Session Chairs: Jamison Steidl, Ramin Motamed, Umit Dikmen, Stefano Parolai
A tutorial workshop on induced seismicity by gas production/storage in Hannover, Germany on 23 November 2016
The list of speakers included the following persons
Dr. Bernard Dost (KNMI, NL) on seismic monitoring of Groningen
Dr. Peter Fokker (TNO, NL) on geomechanial modelling of Groningen
Dr. Mariano Garcia-Fernandez (CSIC, E) on the abandoned Castor gas storage
Dr. Jean Grasso (U Grenoble, F) on gas production in Lacq
Dr. Enrico Priolo (OGS, I) on the Midandola oil field, gas storage ...
Prof. Peter Styles (U Keele, GB) on the Cuadrilla shale gasfrack in Bowland
Prof. Manfred Joswig (U Stuttgart, D) on seismicity in the northern German gas fields
The workshop was organized by FKPE (Forschungskollegium Physik des Erdkörpers e.V.), but it was also the first activity of the new ESC Working Group on induced seismicity.
The joint poster of the ESC and EAEE was presented at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
The 35th General Assembly of the ESC
was successfully held in Trieste, Italy, from 4 to 9 September 2016. There were 536 registrations from 50 different countries.
The resolutions adopted at the General Assembly can be found here.
The program outline of the session on the Amatrice earthquake can be found here.
The following keynote lectures are available on video:
KL1 Dario Albarello: Extensive application of seismic microzoning: methodological and socio-political issues in the Italian experience View here
KL3 Barbara Romanowicz: Global imaging of the Earth's mantle in the era of numerical wavefield computations Here
KL 4 William L. Ellsworth: Managing the hazard of induced earthquakes in a changing world Here
Enrico Priolo: Natural, triggered, or induced? An Italian/European perspective on the theme of monitoring and discrimination of induced seismicity Here
As part of the General Assembly, the Young Seismologist Training Course (YSTC), organized this time by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), together with the European Seismological Commission, was held at the ICTP campus in Trieste from 29 August to 3 September. The ESC dedicated the course to Peter Bormann.