Thread: 2019 SSA Session on Historical Seismology: Seismology BC(d)E: Seismology Before the Current (digital) Era

Started: 2018-12-03 21:58:30
Last activity: 2018-12-03 21:58:30
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Dear Colleague:

Please consider submitting an abstract to our session Seismology BC(d)E: Seismology Before the Current (digital) Era at the upcoming SSA Annual Meeting April 2019 in Seattle, Washington.

Seismology BC(d)E: Seismology Before the Current (digital) Era
We are in the early stages of the seismological digital era, and high-quality digital recordings of earthquakes are plentiful. But there is still much to learn from the early instrumental era with analog recordings on paper, film, or other media; from the pre-instrumental era with earthquake information through reported observations; and from pre-historic times through paleoseismological investigations. The digital era encompasses only a tiny fraction of recorded seismic history. The synthesis of information from the pre-digital eras, combined with modern analyses and modeling, presents new opportunities to learn and discover.

We invite presentations that highlight the finding, preserving and/or using of paleoseismological or historic observational data alone or in conjunction with modern data. Uses may include the exploration of key open questions concerning fault and earthquake processes, seismotectonics and seismic hazard; quantification of uncertainties in using historical and paleoseismological data. Presentations may highlight the use of seismic data to explore other phenomena such as slow slip events, ambient noise, storm surges, tectonic tremors, acoustic phases, induced seismicity, landslides, icequakes and avalanches, and describe recent efforts to develop durable and accessible archives of original sources and datasets. We will conclude the presentations with an open discussion of best practices and identification of actionable tasks to advance reuse of analog data and move preservation efforts forward.

Abstract deadline: 11 January 2019
Full meeting information:

We are excited to learn more about your research on historical earthquakes, extended uses of legacy data, and hear your thoughts on advancing the reuse of analog data.

Susan E. Hough, U.S. Geological Survey (hough<at>
Lorraine Hwang, University of California, Davis (ljhwang<at>
Allison Bent, Natural Resources Canada (allison.bent<at>
Maurice Lamontagne, Geological Survey of Canada (maurice.lamontagne<at>
Emile Okal, Northwestern University (e-okal<at>
Brian Young, Sandia National Laboratories (byoung<at>
Graziano Ferrari, Istituto Nazionale di Geofísica e Vulcanologia (<at>

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