Understanding the dynamics of earthquakes and faulting, and the associated geohazards, requires a systems-level approach.

What We Do

The Statewide California Earthquake Center (SCEC) collaborates with academic, government, industry, and other organizations to advance earthquake science, community resilience, and education by: (1) Gathering and analyzing data from field observations and laboratory experiments. (2) Developing system-level models and simulations of earthquake processes to synthesize knowledge as a physics-based understanding of seismic hazard. (3) Communicating that understanding to expand knowledge and reduce earthquake risk.

Building Community Earth Models (CEM) for California

SCEC CEMs are collaborative platforms that provide community-contributed data, models, and tools to study key geophysical features of the San Andreas Fault System.

Developing Advanced Modeling Frameworks

SCEC develops physics-based models and advanced modeling frameworks to simulate earthquake processes and the evolution of faults and earthquakes more realistically.

Increasing California’s Resilience to Earthquakes

SCEC provides the scientific foundation for earthquake risk-reduction by integrating observations within a system science modeling framework to quantify seismic hazard.

Using Artificial Intelligence in Earthquake Science

By applying AI methods across earthquake science, SCEC is exploring its potential in fault mapping, ground motion simulations, earthquake forecasting, and more.

Science Plan and Roadmap

Each year, SCEC solicits proposals for research, workshops, and trainings through a competitive process, typically attracting hundreds of investigators to contribute to the Center’s programs. The 2024 Science Plan emphasized new opportunities enabled by a geographic scope that now includes the entire transform plate boundary system of California. It also provides a roadmap on how to distribute research efforts in southern, central, and northern California to achieve the Center’s science goals.


SCEC5 Research Accomplishments

Co-Director Greg Beroza (Stanford) presents research highlights from SCEC5 (2017-2023), which sets the stage for the Statewide California Earthquake Center.

Workshops and Events

2024 Stress Drop Validation Workshop
January 22, 2024

2024 SCEC Proposal Review Meeting
January 25-26, 2024

USGS Northern California Earthquake Hazards Workshop
January 30 – February 1, 2024

Statewide California Community Earth Models Workshop
March 3-4, 2024


SCEC prioritizes investigator-driven, interdisciplinary research, fostering connections with scientific, engineering, and community stakeholders. This collaborative approach sustains basic and applied earthquake science research, enabling exploration of new avenues, welcoming new investigators, and providing a global platform for multidisciplinary research, workforce development, and community engagement. SCEC fosters an inclusive and diverse professional culture that maximizes the contributions of future earthquake scientists.

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Have a Recent Publication?

The SCEC Community may register any recently published journal article, book, chapter, presentation, and more in the SCEC Publications Database. These publications may be results partially or entirely funded by SCEC.


SCEC Annual Meetings

The SCEC Annual Meeting brings together 400-500 participants worldwide to share breakthroughs, assess progress, and chart a collaborative path for earthquake science. All of the Center activities are presented, analyzed, and woven into a set of priorities for SCEC to pursue in the future.

SCEC Publications Database

Documents published by the SCEC community, including journal articles, books, chapters, presentations, etc. are collected in the SCEC publications database. Each record is identified by its SCEC Contribution Number, that can be used to acknowledgement of SCEC funding support.