Major Projects &
The Earthquake Geology Disciplinary Committee promotes studies of the geologic record of the Southern California natural laboratory that advance SCEC science. Its primary focus is on the Late Quaternary record of faulting and ground motion, including data gathering in response to major earthquakes. Geologic observations provide important contributions, either directly or indirectly, to all six of the fundamental problems in earthquake physics identified in the SCEC4 proposal. Earthquake Geology also fosters research activities motivated by outstanding seismic hazard issues, understanding of the structural framework and earthquake history of special fault study areas (see Section VII, Problem 4), or will contribute significant information to the statewide Unified Structural Representation. Collaborative proposals that cut across disciplinary boundaries are encouraged.
Example Research Strategies
The shared geochronology infrastructure supports C-14, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), and cosmogenic dating for SCEC-sponsored research. The purpose of shared geochronology infrastructure is to allow flexibility in the number and type of dates applied to each SCEC-funded project as investigations proceed. Investigators requesting geochronology support should clearly state in their proposal an estimate of the number and type of dates required. For C-14 specify if sample preparation will take place at a location other than the designated laboratory. For cosmogenic dating, investigators are required to arrange for sample preparation. Sample preparation costs must be included in the proposal budget unless preparation has been pre-arranged with one of the laboratories listed. Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the investigators at the collaborating laboratories prior to proposal submission. Currently, SCEC geochronology has established relationships with the following laboratories:
Investigators may alternatively request support for geochronology outside of the infrastructure proposal for methods not listed here or if justified on a cost-basis. These outside requests must be included in the individual proposal budget. Please direct questions regarding geochronology infrastructure to the Earthquake Geology group co-leader, Mike Oskin (email@example.com).
Data Reporting Requirements
Studies under Earthquake Geology gather diverse data that are at times challenging to consistently archive per NSF data reporting requirements. Under SCEC4, PIs will be required to provide full reporting of their geochronology samples, including raw data, interpreted age, and geographic/stratigraphic/geomorphic context (what was dated?). This reporting requirement will be coordinated with the geochronology infrastructure program. A priority at the outset of SCEC4 is to do define additional, achievable goals for geology data reporting to be followed by Earthquake Geology community.
Priorities for Earthquake Geology
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