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Applications Due: June 30, 2016

Arrival Date: July 24, 2016

Departure Date: July 27, 2016


International Summer School on Earthquake Science

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo (ERI), and the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) at Kyoto University will host a Summer School in Earthquake Science July 24 through 27, 2016. The theme for the Summer School will be “Large crustal earthquakes: fault geometry, dynamic rupture, and strong ground motion”. The summer school program will be a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, led by experts in earthquake seismology, ground motion prediction, rupture and wave propagation, earthquake source parameterization, active tectonics, quantitative structural geology and geomorphology. The program is divided into three sessions:

Day 1 will focus on “Ambient-field measurements for ground motion prediction.” We will cover the generation of the ambient seismic field; measurements and sources of bias; applications for recovering site response in complex structural environments; and direct estimation of ground motion. Anticipated lecturers include: Kiwamu Nishida (University of Tokyo), Victor Tsai (California Institute of Technology), Nori Nakata (Stanford University), and Marine Denolle (Harvard University).

Day 2 focuses on “High-resolution topographic imaging of faulting and earthquake deformation,” including recent advances in high-resolution topographic imaging, its potential for improving mapping of fault zones, and topographic differencing. We will emphasize the use of topographic differencing to improve understanding of the near field displacements along recent significant earthquakes (e.g. faulting and deformation in the M7.2 El Mayor Cucupah and M 7.0 Kumamoto, Japan earthquake sequence) and its potential for the study of continental faulting more generally. The hands-on exercises will be a “light” version of the established OpenTopography short course. Anticipated lecturers include: Ramon Arrowsmith (Arizona State University), Michael Oskin (University of California, Davis), Edwin Nissen (Colorado School of Mines), Koji Okumura (University of Hiroshima), and Tadashi Maruyama (Geological Survey of Japan).

Day 3 will be a half-day session exploring the progress in understanding geometric fault complexity – characterizing non-planar faulting and accounting for its effects on earthquake dynamics and the generation of strong ground motion. Capabilities from the first two sessions of the summer school will inform this session. Anticipated lecturers include: Shinichi Matsushima (Kyoto University), Julian Lozos (California State University, Northridge), Jim Mori (Kyoto University) and Greg Beroza (Stanford University).

Each participant at the summer school is encouraged to present a poster to share his/her research during evening sessions.