Thread: SSA session announcement

Started: 2021-01-05 19:31:39
Last activity: 2021-01-05 19:31:39
Topics: SSA Meetings
Dannemann Dugick, Fransiska
2021-01-05 19:31:39
Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to our special session: Analyses and Implications of the 4 August 2020 Beirut Explosion Series that is featured at the April meeting of the Seismological Society of America (SSA). This session will be held virtually this year, April 19th – 23rd, 2021:

Session Description:

On 4 August 2020 at 15:07 UTC, a fire at the port of Beirut in Lebanon (33.54o, 33.51o) detonated a purported ~2.8kT mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel that resulted in a sequence of explosion phenomena. These video-captured events triggered a shockwave and visible Wilson cloud, destroyed buildings and shattered glass several kilometers from the explosion(s) hypocenter. Mechanical waveform sensors that include seismic, infrasonic and hydroacoustic receivers recorded waveforms from the event out to regional distances and provide data on explosion size and timing. Assessment of this event therefore has multiple implications beyond seismology that include the interface between science and society, forensics, emergency response and hazard mitigation. This session welcomes submissions on the analysis of this event that include, but are not limited to (1) hydroacoustic and seismo-acoustic detection and association of the blast waveforms; (2) study of energy coupling mechanisms at the ground-water-air interface; (3) analyses of aseismic geophysical signatures, such as cratering; (4) multi-signature data fusion of both traditional and non-traditional data sources; (5) methods to quantify uncertainties of parameter estimates of the source or propagation path (exploitation of ground truth) and (6) broader implications of rapid response and societal consequences. We encourage both poster and talk submissions.

Again, this year's annual Seismological Society of America meeting will be held virtually from April 19th – 23rd, 2021 and abstracts are due 13-January-2020 at 17:00 PST (UTC-8). We hope this unique meeting structure will facilitate discussion among international collaborators within seismo-acoustics (and broader) monitoring community.

For more information, see

For session descriptions, see:

Submit an abstract here:

Joshua D. Carmichael, Los Alamos National Laboratory (joshuac<at><joshuac<at>>)

Fransiska K. Dannemann Dugick, Sandia National Laboratories (fdannemanndugick<at><fdannemanndugick<at>>)

Seung-Hoon Yoo, Applied Research Associates (syoo<at><syoo<at>>)

Stephen J. Arrowsmith, Southern Methodist University (sarrowsmith<at><sarrowsmith<at>>)

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