Thread: Joint SSA/ESC Session on Induced Seismicity at the European Seismological Commission Meeting

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Joint SSA/ESC Session on Induced Seismicity at the European Seismological Commission Meeting in Malta: September 2 – 7, 2018

The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission that will be held in Valletta, Malta on September 2 – 7, 2018 ( Abstract submission is now open through March 30. The Assembly is primarily a meeting ground for academics and researchers working in the field of seismology and related applications, including applied and social aspects of seismology, such as earthquake hazard and risk, earthquake engineering, education and awareness, and risk prevention.

Among the 42 special sessions, we would like to draw your attention to the joint SSA/ESC Session:

S32 Induced and triggered seismicity: observations, modeling, monitoring, discrimination and risk management strategies.

It is well known that industrial activities related to development and production of energy have the potential to induce minor seismicity or trigger larger earthquakes. This is a global phenomenon with implications for seismic hazard and risk, and real concern exists about larger earthquakes that might be triggered by industrial activities especially in densely populated areas. In addition to human-induced seismicity, there are also natural induced earthquakes that occur in response to naturally driven stress perturbations such as seismic waves, tidal stressing, and volcanic processes.

Public and regulatory concerns about the potential hazard from induced earthquakes continues to evolve in response to a deepening scientific understanding of the underlying mechanisms and improvements to probabilistic seismic hazard models. There is a growing understanding that taking steps to reduce the hazard can mitigate the risk. Consequently, guidelines for monitoring are being revised and improved.

This session focuses on theoretical, experimental and observational advances in understanding, detecting, discriminating the seismicity induced or triggered by hydrocarbon exploitation, mining, geothermal development and other industrial operations, as well as hazard management strategies for reducing the risk. Topics related to fluid induced and triggered seismicity in other research areas are also of interest.

We welcome contributions on advances in seismic and deformation monitoring; analysis and modelling of induced and triggered seismicity at different spatial and temporal scales; laboratory experiments; discrimination between natural, triggered and induced seismicity; multidisciplinary studies combining different data types and observations; assessment of seismic hazard and mitigation of the seismic risk in areas where such activities are carried out; existing regulations and new policy directions; and public perception and concern.

The session will be organized into two main subtopics: 1) observations, physical mechanisms and modelling; 2) monitoring, discrimination, and risk management strategies. Furthermore, the session will include some selected/invited presentations of 20 minutes net length, one of them assigned to a young researcher. Therefore, we particularly appreciate contributions from early career scientists.

Enrico Priolo
OGS - Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale
Trieste, ITALY

Bill Ellsworth
Department of Geophysics
Stanford University

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