Starts: Nov 21, 2013 9:00:00 AM
Starts: Nov 19, 2013 1:15:00 PM
This project will investigate why the geography of earthquake recurrence on active faults appears to be random, yet the slip on active faults that causes the earthquakes has a geographic distribution that is well-organised and able to accommodate the strain-rates associated with continental deformation. Specifically, the student will investigate the relationship between (a) the long-term (103 yrs) fault slip-rates recorded in the geomorphology, that record the long-term tectonic loading, and (b) the shorter-term history of earthquake recurrence (10-102 yrs), that will record the stress-transfer history, from published historical and palaeoseismic records, and new data from 36Cl cosmogenic dating. The results will be studied with civil protection project partners (INGV, ISPRA, OGS) in order to inform quantitative assessment of seismic hazard, but also contribute understanding of the processes involved in continental deformation.
Prof. Gerald Roberts
Dr. Joanna Faure Walker (IRDR), Prof. Peter Sammonds (IRDR), Richard Phillips (Leeds), Prof. John McCloskey (Ulster)