Themes, Sessions and Program

February 22, 2018

Preliminary Program
Theme 1   Visible Crust
Keywords: geophysics of earthquakes
  • S1-1-1 Crustal and upper mantle and seismogenic structure of the Wenchunan earthquake
  • Convenor WU Jianping (China), WANG Fuyun (China), DING Zhifeng (China), Fenglin NIU (USA)
  • Introduction:
    The Wenchuan Ms 8.0 earthquake occurred in the eastern boundary zone of the Tibetan Plateau. The area experienced a complicated geological and tectonic evolution history, leading to the development of a complex crustal and mantle structure beneath the area. Understanding where and how intra-plate large earthquakes occur is a major focus of earthquake science. We invite contributions on any aspect related to the imaging of seismogenic structure of the Wenchuan earthquake. Studies focus on the crustal and upper mantle structures, the deep geometry of Longmenshan fault system, the influence of fluids on earthquakes, high-precision spatial distribution of seismicity before and after the main earthquake are particularly encouraged. We also welcome presentations on regional studies of viscosity, anisotropy, density and geodynamics in the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Topics like the seismogenic structure of other major earthquakes will be gladly received.
  • S1-1-2 Subsurface imaging and monitoring with ambient seismic noise
  • Convenor YAO Huajian (China), FANG Lihua (China), Yingjie YANG (Australia)
  • Introduction:
    Cross-correlation of continuous ambient noise field can yield Empirical Green’s functions between receiver pairs. It has been demonstrated that not only broadband surface waves can be recovered and used to image 3-D subsurface structures (velocity and attenuation) from local to global scales, but also certain phases of body waves can be successfully retrieved to image both smooth and interface structures of the Earth. Another important application of ambient noise cross-correlation is to monitor temporal variations of velocity structures, which plays a key role in monitoring dynamic processes of the Earth’s interior, e.g., volcanic and earthquake processes. In particular, with more and more dense-array deployments nowadays, we have unprecedented opportunities to achieve very high-resolution images of subsurface structures in both spatial and temporal scales. In this session, we welcome contributions using ambient noise cross-correlation methods to better understand the structure and its temporal changes in the regions of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. We also welcome novel developments of ambient noise data processing and imaging methods. Applications of ambient noise methods in other regions are also welcome. 
  • S1-1-3 Advances in active source monitoring
  • Convenor WANG Hongti (China), WANG Baoshan (China), YANG Hongfeng (Hong Kong, China)
  • Introduction:
    The earth’s structure changes at spatiotemporal scales, studying the temporal variation of the subsurface are of key importance in understanding the dynamic earth’s process and mechanism of hazardous event as earthquakes. Recently, a variety of passive and active source methods are being developed to investigate the temporal changes at various scales. Here we invite abstracts related to recent advances in subsurface monitoring with both passive- and active-source. Topics may include, but are not limited to, development of environmental-friendly active sources, method in related data processing, results from temporal change monitoring.
Keywords:  space technology and geodesy for earthquake monitoring
  • S1-2-1 Uplift history and deformation mechanism of the Tibetan Plateau
  • Convenor LIU Jing (China), ZHANG Peizhen (China), XU Xiwei (China), WANG Erqi (China), WANG Chengshan (China)
  • Introduction:
    Understanding the spatial and temporal pattern of surface uplift and lithospheric deformation of the Tibetan plateau is fundamental for exploring the geodynamic driver for building high plateaus, and Cenozoic changes in Asian climate, and surface processes shaping the spectacular plateau landscape. In addition, the Tibetan plateau and its neighboring regions are among the most tectonically active regions in the word, and several destructive earthquakes occurring over the past several decades demand a better understanding of active tectonic processes over various temporal and spatial scales to estimate seismic hazards. Recent multidisciplinary studies, including geophysics, structural geology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, geochemical/geochronological/paleo-altimetry, tectonic geomorphology, paleo-seismology, geodesy, and numerical/analogue modeling, have offered quite a lot new observations to understanding the uplift history and deformation mechanisms of the Tibetan plateau and its neighboring regions. In this section, we seek contributions from scientists who work on all aspects, and encourage submissions working on (1) examining the distribution of deformation over a variety of spatial and temporal scales, from individual faults over short/intermediate-timescales to the entire fault system over Myrs time scale; (2) detecting the magmatic, sedimentary, and metamorphic records for crustal thickening and exhumation during the plateau growth; (3) reconstructing the topographic evolution of the plateau landscape, including past absolute elevation and spatiotemporal pattern of erosion rates; (5) numerical modeling regarding the plateau growth and the corresponding kinematic and geodynamic processes, landscape evolution driven by the interaction of tectonic and climatic forcing, and stress loading among the active fault systems and earthquake rupture. Submissions focusing on the plateau uplift and deformation mechanisms beyond the Tibetan plateau are also welcome as well.
  • S1-2-2  Interseismic strain accumulation and earthquake cycle
  • Convenor MENG Guojie (China), JIN Shuanggen (China), Hiroaki TAKHASHI (Japan), Shestakov NIKOLAI (Russia)
  • Introduction
    Understanding and characterizing the seismic strain accumulation and earthquake cycle processes are extremely important for earthquake forecast and seismic hazard mitigation. Significant progress has been achieved during the past decades in this field, thanks to unprecedented coverage of geodetic and seismic networks, as well as novel modeling techniques. Integration and analysis of different time-scale geological, geophysical, seismological and geodetic observations formed an almost complete view of earthquake cycle. To promote interdisciplinary studies which deal with strain accumulation and earthquake cycle processes, this session will bring together scientists working on paleoseismic, geodetic, geophysical, geomorphic and seismologic datasets to provide a comprehensive understanding of the earthquake cycle. Abstracts from multiple perspectives are encouraged based on the following topics, but not limited to: (1) Field and/or laboratory investigation of earthquake deformation process; (2) Observation and modeling of strain accumulation and earthquake cycle; (3) Investigation of fault structure and physical conditions where strain accumulations is observed; (4) Strain accumulations and its relationship with large earthquakes of different mechanisms and seismic hazard; (5) Relationship between the earthquake cycle and regional tectonics; (6) Improving of observational and processing methods used for the investigation of interseismic strain accumulation and earthquake cycle.
  • S1-2-3  Active fault, paleoearthquake, tectonic geomorphology, and surface processes
  • Convenor HE Honglin (China), LI Youli (CHina), CHEN Jie (China), ZHANG Huiping (China), LI Shenghua (China), Lewis OWEN (USA), Yasutaka IKEDA (Japan)
  • Introduction
    Seismic risk evaluation is mainly based on the seismic record, including both historical and instrumental earthquakes. The accuracy of the seismic risk evaluation then mainly relies on the integrity of seismic records, usually a record longer than one seismic cycle is necessary. Therefore, how to prolong the seismic record to more than one seismic cycle is very important to make an accurate seismic risk evaluation. Paleoseismology, a very useful method to prolong seismic record, is the study which aims to identify paleoearthquake preserved in these disrupted stratigraphic units and displaced landforms through paleo-seismological trenching and geomorphological analyses. The geomorphic features (mainly displaced linear or planar landforms) generated by surface ruptures and surface processes provides valuable information on how an earthquake along a given fault is characterized and whether those characteristics recur in prior earthquakes. Tectonic geomorphology form and evolve due to the alternation of co-seismic slip along fault and erosional processes operating on the topographic surface. It thus reflects not only on the repeating occurrence of slip along a fault but also on the degradational surface processes that modify its original shape. To properly constrain an earthquake’s along-fault slip distribution and subsequently a fault’ slip accumulation patterns from displaced geomorphic marks, the initial marker morphology needs to be inferred with confidence and a sound understanding of geomorphic response to prevailing climatic conditions, which alters this initial morphology, is required.
    In this session, we welcome contributions describing and critically discussing new ideas and different approaches to study paleoearthquake, tectonic geomorphology, and surface processes. We are particularly interested in studies applying new and innovative methodological or multidisciplinary approaches. We hope to assemble a broad program bringing together studies applying a variety of methods such as paleoseismic trenching, high-resolution coring, geophysical imaging, remote sensing, traditional tectonic geomorphology and digital tectonic geomorphology, as well as the application of earthquake geology and statistics in seismic hazard assessments. In addition, we encourage contributors illustrating and exploring the advances in dating paleoseismology, active tectonics, and surface processes.
  • S1-2-4 Tectonic Stress of Longmenshan faults and dynamics of Wenchuan earthquake
  • Convenor CUI Xiaofeng (China), LI Hong (China), XIE Furen (China), Oliver HEIBACH (Germany)
  • Introduction
    Earthquake is the complex result under the mutual impact of multi-factors, which may involve issues of geodynamics, geochemistry, and other ambits. However, it is essentially the mechanical-instability and rupture of the rock. As the mechanical environment, the tectonic stress plays crucial role during the seismogenic and occurrence process of earthquake. This section focuses on the recent research on tectonic stress fields related to strong earthquakes, includes the development of in-situ stress measurement method and its implementation, the tectonic stress filed backgrounds for strong earthquakes, the stress accumulation during the seismogenic process, the dynamic change of stress field during the occurrence, the stress filed variations induced by strong earthquakes, as well as the multi-aspect influence from the tectonic stress changes. Contributions are not limited to Wenchuan earthquake, and the related researches for other strong earthquakes are also welcome.
Theme 2  Earthquake Dissection
Keywords: lessons from earthquake cases
  • S2-1-1 Retrospect and calibration of observations for Wenchuan Earthquake: potential precursors and co-seismic responses
  • Convenor HUANG Qinghua (China), ZHANG Xuemin (China), WU Jian (China), LIU Jann-Yeng (Taiwan, China), Sergey PULINETS (Russia)
  • Introduction:
    Wenchuan earthquake brought disastrous consequence in China, and it also challenges the existed seismic monitoring and prediction system. This earthquake is quite special, neither obvious pre-seismic activities, nor lots of precursory phenomena that were submitted before it, which showed big differences with others such as Tangshan Ms7.6 earthquake in 1976, Haicheng Ms7.3 earthquake in 1975, etc. So retrospect and introspection are quite important to help us find out the problems and try to improve or solve them in future when we face the similar situation. This session mainly focus on the researches correlated to Wenchuan Ms8.0 earthquake on May 12 2008, including the further investigations and verification on precursors that have been found, the potential precursory signals by using new technology, new data, or new methods, the co-seismic responses, and even the observations during the aftershocks of Wenchuan earthquake. It is welcome for all the presentations to help understanding the preparation, occurrence and propagation processes and their mechanisms for Wenchuan earthquake. Solicited contributions include observational, analytical, theoretical and numerical simulation papers.
  • S2-1-2   Strong motions, early warning, and lessons from great earthquakes
  • Co-organized by Asian Seismological Commission (ASC)
  • Convenor Kenji SATAKE (Japan), Gary GIBSON (Australia)
  • Introduction:
    This session is organized by Asian Seismological Commission (ASC), one of regional commissions of International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI), and invites contributions on papers related Strong motion seismology (including earthquake hazard assessment), early warning (both earthquake and tsunami) as well as lessons learned from great earthquakes includingbut not limited to the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.
  • S2-1-3   Seismology in Africa
  • Co-organized by African Seismological Commission (AfSC)
  • Convenor Atalay AYELE (Ethiopia), Ahmed HOSNY (North Africa), Bekoa ATEBA (Cameroun), Michelle GROBBELAAR (South Africa), Paulina AMPONSAH (Ghana)
  • Introduction
Keywords: physics of earthquakes and faulting
  • S2-2-1 Faulting and earthquake dynamics
  • Convenor MA Shengli (China), Xinglin LEI (Japan), YANG Hongfeng (Hong Kong, China), Jianye CHEN (The Netherlands)
  • Introduction
  • S2-2-2   Earthquake physics: simulation and observations
  • Co-organized by APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation (ACES)
  • Convenor Huilin XING (Australia), ZHANG Yongxian (China), ZHOU Shiyong (China)
  • Introduction:
    Earthquakes are amongst the most costly and deadly of all natural phenomena. An overwhelming majority of the world’s earthquakes strike APEC member economies located around the Pacific Rim. Earthquake generation is controlled by a vast range of physical processes occurring over many orders of magnitude of scale in space and time. At the smallest scales, these processes include microscopic frictional interactions within fault zones and rock fracture. Motions of tectonic plates and mantle convection are important at the largest scales. Much remains unknown about the earthquake generation process, hampering earthquake mitigation and forecasting efforts. Recent developments in laboratory experiments, field observations and numerical simulations offer the possibility for an improved understanding of earthquake physics towards earthquake predictions.
  • S2-2-3   Anthropogenic seismicity: induced and triggered earthquakes
  • Co-organized by Asian Seismological Commission (ASC)
  • Convenor Harsh K. GUPTA (India), SHI Yaolin (China), CHEN Yong (China)
  • Introduction:
    Under suitable geological situations, some of the anthropogenic activities such as creation of the artificial water reservoirs, underground coal and metal mining, oil extraction, geothermal energy production etc. can trigger/induce earthquakes. There is a very fine distinction between the induced and triggered earthquakes. When the causative activity accounts for a substantial part of the stress change, the resultant earthquake is termed as induced, while in the case of triggered - earthquakes, the stress changes associated with causative activity are very small. Reservoir triggered seismicity (RTS) has been observed at over 120 sites globally and damaging earthquakes exceeding magnitude 6 have occurred at 4 places. The largest induced earthquakes have exceeded magnitude 5 in gold mines of South Africa and India. The socio-economic impact of induced/triggered earthquakes is immense. A proper understanding of the factors and situations conducive to such earthquakes is very important. The aim of this session is to invite contributions to elucidate the genesis of such events, case histories and way forward to make creation of artificial water reservoirs, mining and production of natural resources safer.
Keywords: earthquake monitoring technology
  • S2-3-1 Advances in microseismic monitoring and research
  • Convenor ZHANG Haijiang (China), ZHANG Wei (China), Zhigang PENG (USA), Michael KENDALL (UK)
  • Introduction:
    Microseismic monitoring is playing an increasingly important role in the monitoring of active fault activity, oil/gas production, geothermal development, mining, tunnel excavation, wastewater disposal, reservoir impoundment, and CO2 sequestration.  Still, there are a lot of challenges to face on microseismic monitoring technologies and practical applications. This session aims to facilitate the communications on latest developments in microseismic monitoring technologies and applications, to encourage exchanging and sharing of microseismic knowledge, and to promote applications of microseismic monitoring in various fields.
  • S2-3-2   Advances in geodetic study of devastating earthquakes
  • Convenor SUN Wenke (China), WANG Qi (China), Rongjiang WANG (Germany), Peiliang XU (Japan)
  • Introduction:
    odern geodetic techniques, including GNSS, SLR, VLBI, DORIS, InSAR, Satellite Altimetry and Satellite Gravimetry, are capable of measuring and monitoring small changes of Earth’s surface and interior mass transportation with high accuracy and spatial-temporal resolution. Particularly increasingly dense GNSS and other geodetic observation networks provide a unique opportunity to investigate crustal deformation and its mechanism of great devastating earthquakes, such as the great 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. The great Wenchuan earthquake has a unique rupturing process, complex fault geometry, geodynamics and data interpretation for pre-, co-, and post-seismic deformations. Just 10 years after the Wenchuan earthquake, it is worthwhile to review the advances in geodetic study of this earthquake. Any topics related to other devastating earthquakes are also welcome.
  • S2-3-3   High-rate multi-GNSS and its integration with seismic sensors: perspectives of seismogedoesy
  • Convenor GENG Jianghui (China), YUE Han (China), Diego MELGAR (USA)
  • Introduction
    High-rate GPS is capable of directly measuring centimeter-level displacements epoch by epoch over a broad frequency band, and has thus been long treasured in especially tsunami/earthquake early warning. However, most operational real-time GNSS systems at present rely on only GPS data. The deficiency of such systems is that the high reliability and availability of precise displacements cannot be maintained continuously in real time. Multi-GNSS, including GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS other than only GPS, can be a solution to this problem because much more satellites per epoch (e.g. 30-40) will be available at present and even more in future. In this case, positioning failure due to data loss or blunders can be minimized. Moreover, GNSS displacements are quite noisy compared to seismic sensors, and in recent years the integration of GNSS with accelerometers has been discussed comprehensively in relevant literature. Therefore, for this session, research, application and implementation topics related to multi-GNSS and its integration with seismic sensors are particularly welcome, such as, but not limited to, 1) techniques on multi-GNSS positioning or integration of GNSS and seismic sensors into disaster warning systems; 2) research on combining GNSS and seismic data to investigate earthquakes, tsunamis and other potential disasters; 3) policies on GNSS data access, sharing and early warning systems, and ensuring real-time data streams for sudden onset events.
  • S2-3-4   Development of geophysical field detecting satellite mission
  • Convenor SHEN Xuhui (China), JIANG Fan(China), Piergiorgio PICOZZA (Italy), Rune FLOBERGHAGEN (Italy)
  • Introduction:
    Geophysical fields include the geomagnetism field, geo-gravity field and electro-magnetic field, which take the role of the link-bridge among the lithosphere, atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere to understand the interacting and coupling mechanisms each other . Following the developing of space science and technology, the detection of geophysical fields based on satellites has been going on, for examples, MAGSAT, ORSTED, DEMETER, SWARM, GOCE, CHAMP, GRACE and so on. The latest one is the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite, named ZH-1 launched on February 2, 2018. ZH-1 is the first space-born platform of the China earthquake observation system and the first satellite of the China geophysical fields detection mission. This session will focus on the following issues: inter-calibration for the space-based geophysical data, data procession methodologies and data application, the payloads and satellite platform developing, as well as the future proposals and missions.
  • S2-3-5   Earthquake physics and lithosphere-coversphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling: clues from Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)
  • Convenor WU Lixin (China), Angelo De SANTIS (Italy), Rita Di GIOVAMBATTISTA (Italy)
  • Introduction:
    The scientific interpretation and systematic understanding of earthquake physics and Lithosphere-coversphere-atmosphere-ionosphere (LCAI) coupling process are the scientific foundation of analyzing to abnormal earth system behaviors and appearancesas particular responses to seismic activity. The spaceborne, airborne, and ground-based platforms as well as the multi- parameter observations are providing new opportunity and challenge to seismic process, earthquake physics and LCAI coupling. The terrible Ms7.9 Wenchuan earthquake, May 12, 2008, in China and other medium-strong earthquakes happened during the last decades in the world had accompanied with a large amount of investigations and studies on above mentioned issues. More deep and detailed researches and investigations on the synergic observation and integrated interpretation on earthquake physics and earthquake related LCAI coupling are very necessary. Systematic retrospect, statistical analysis, mechanism exploration and case studies are all valuable to solid the foundation of earthquake physics and LCAI coupling, and to facilitate the development of earthquake anomaly identification, recognition, and with multiple observations supported with GEOSS. Contributions not limited to the following topics are welcome:
    1) Earthquake physics and earth system response
    2) LCAI coupling appearance related with seismic activity
    3) Earthquake anomaly identification and recognition
    4) Multi-parameter analysis and validation
    5) Statistic and case study
  • S2-3-6   Global seismo-geodetic observation: GPS, strain accumulation and silent earthquakes
  • Co-organized by Asian Seismological Commission (ASC)
  • Convenor Paramesh BANERJEE (Singapore), NI Sidao (China)
  • Introduction:
    With the advent of modern space based geodetic technology and advancement of seismological instrumentation, the line between Seismology and Geodesy are fading away steadily. The solid earth deformation, both elastic and visco-elastic, spans a large temporal (and spatial) scale, from millions of years of tectonic motion to tens-of-Hz of seismic shaking. Modern seismo-geodetic observations using seismological sensors, gravity meter and GNSS stations, together, provide ameasurement systemthat spans a very wide frequency spectrum of the elastic response originated fromthe surface and sub-surface processes. This leads to possibility of more detailed understanding of the complicated driving stress and deformation mechanisms inside the crust and mantle.
    This session invites contributions from seismo-geodetic studies of geological fault motion, strain accumulation through different phases earthquake cycle (inter-seismic, co-seismic and post-seismic) and related fields, with emphasis on following topics, but not exclusive to:
    1. Regional strain field leading to tectonic and seismic motions.
    2. Regional and local scale plate/block motion with emphasis on localization of strain accumulation, or lack of it, leading to estimate of seismic hazard assessment.
    3. Strain accumulation and release through inter-seismic and post-seismicphases of earthquake-cycle and/or their relationship with co-seismic energy release and kinematic processes.
    4. Source processes of slow earthquakes, silent earthquakes or other anomalous earthquakes.
    5. Seismo-geodetic observation and studies of other deformation processes, such as landslide, glacier-quake, etc.
    6. Societal aspects of Seismo-geodetic observation system and instrumentation network.
    7. Status of seismo-geodetic observation system in Asian countries in particular, and global in general.
  • S2-3-7   Development and application of satellite-based earthquake deformation monitoring technology
  • Convenor ZENG Qiming(China), ZHANG Jingfa (China), Zhenghong LI (UK), Jan-Peter MULLER (UK), Jianguo LIU (UK)
  • Introduction:
    In the past ten years, people use InSAR technology for the Wenchuan Earthquake, and many other strong earthquake region, and some coseismic deformation fields and their seismic source parameters obtained, and these are important basis for aftershock prediction, earthquake mechanism research; With the increase of SAR satellite data, InSAR processing technology unceasing enhancement, the ability to monitor the tiny crustal deformation of key seismic tectonic region is also growing, for the development of strong earthquake research provides an important support. This topic will be discussion InSAR processing technology and earthquake application research on the latest progress.
    1. Development of satellite-based earthquake deformation monitoring technology, including: SAR Interferometry Along and Across, Differential SAR Interferometry, PS InSAR, Offset_tracking technique, Satellite and ground Comparative observation, The three-dimensional deformation.
    2. Application of satellite-based earthquake deformation monitoring technology, including: Strong coseismic deformation mode, Fault movement deformation observation, Seismic structural analysis, Seismic intensity evaluation.
Keywords: earthquake forecast and prediction
  • S2-4-1  Earthquake natural laboratory and large earthquake forecasting
  • Co-organized by South California Earthquake Center (SCEC), National Test Site for Earthquake Monitoring and Forecast
  • Convenor Gregory C. BEROZA (USA),  REN Jinwei (China), Zhengkang SHEN (USA), ZHANG Xiaodong (China)
  • Introduction:
    Since the 1960s, many countries and regions in the world have studied earthquake prediction in seismological field experiments, or natural laboratories. By making intensive observations, these efforts have led to a deeper scientific understanding of the earthquake preparation process and of earthquake occurrence. These observations and experiments in natural laboratories have led to new insights, but have also highlighted aspects of earthquake behavior that we do not yet understand. At the end of 2014, to steadily promote progress in the science and technology of seismic monitoring and prediction in the country, China Earth Administration decided to set up National Earthquake Monitoring & Prediction Experimental Field in Sichuan & Yunnan. By establishing the shared service platform for the Experimental Field, it will gradually secure the sharing of seismic data, attract high-level internal and external seismic research efforts, and promote major seismic studies, including: application of new technologies for earthquake monitoring, pioneering of new approaches for earthquake forecasting, and the development of dynamic models in the Experimental Field, etc. 
    This session, jointly sponsored by Southern California Earthquake Center andNational Earthquake Monitoring & Prediction Experimental Field in Sichuan & Yunnan, sincerely invites Chinese and overseas scholars, who come from the fields of geology, geophysics, geodesy, and seismology, to contribute their perspectives and insights on the science of earthquakes. At the same time, we encourage exchanges of research results that help enlighten and promote the seismological studies and forecasting of damaging future earthquakes in all settings.
  • S2-4-2   Improving earthquake occurrence and hazard forecasts
  • Co-organized by APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation (ACES)
  • Convenor John B. RUNDLE (USA), Huilin XING (Australia), ZHANG Yongxian (China)
  • Introduction
    Earthquake occurrence, hazard forecasts (hazard maps) and nowcasts have long lagged behind similar applications, such as weather, economic, or population forecasts and nowcasts, especially in addressing issues of verification and validation. Validation asks how well the algorithm used to produce the forecast implements the conceptual model (have we built the model right?). Verification asks how well the model forecasts the observations that actually occur (have we built the right model?). In recent years, this situation has been changing, in part via adopting ideas from other forecasting applications. We invite papers dealing with issues such as defining forecast and nowcast goals, improving models with new data or methodology, testing against observations, assessing uncertainties, and better using forecasts and nowcasts for hazard mitigation. Forecasts and nowcasts can be achieved either using sophisticated models of fault interactions, or by analysis of online catalogs. We invite papers that address any or all of these issues.
  • S2-4-3   Multi-parameters observations of pre-earthquake signals and their potential for prediction
  • Convenor Dimitar OUZOUNOV (USA), SHEN Xuhui (China), HUANG Fuqiong (China), Katsumi HATTORI (Japan)
  • Introduction:
    Year of 2018 is the10th year of remembering the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake disaster in China that is part of the recent catastrophic earthquakes (the 2004 Sumatra, the 2011 Tohoku, Japan, the 2015 in Nepal) claimed thousands of lives and caused extensive economic losses. Still the International science community is looking for solutions in the early detection of major seismic events in order to minimize the loss of human life. Multiple detections of earthquake precursory signals have been reported before the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake quake and before major events worldwide, and the new observations from space and ground have provided new evidences about the existence of pre-earthquake processes. In this session, while still discussing the applicability of pre-earthquake signals towards short-term earthquake forecasting, we expect to see the latest progress in short –term earthquake forecasting and the integration of multi-parameter observations.
  • S2-4-4   What we have learned and what we have done after Wenchuan earthquake, examples and progress in seismic geomagnetic monitoring and prediction
  • Convenor CHEN Bin (China), YUAN Jiehao (China), NI Zhe (China), SU Shupeng (China), XIN Changjiang (China)
  • Introduction:
    After the Wenchuan earthquake, the China Earthquake Administration organized a systematic summary and reflection. The conclusion mainly includes the reflection of the crushing geomagnetic monitoring network is unable to effectively cover the seismogenic region, the lack of effective recognition and distinction of the difference between the normal field and the anomalous field, data processing and anomaly extraction method is relatively backward and stagnant. On the basis of reflection, the geomagnetic discipline changes the monitoring idea, combines the mobile geomagnetic monitoring with the geomagnetic station monitoring, and changes the layout, monitoring elements and mathematical processing methods of the surveying network. Through continuous accumulation and gradual development, we have built the largest geomagnetic monitoring network in the world, and carried out nearly ten years' monitoring and prediction of earthquake and geomagnetism. Up to now, has been gotten the abnormal changes of geomagnetic data of Lushan, Jiuzhaigou, Minxian, Jinggu, Jinghe and Menyuan, Pishan several M6 earthquakes, and the initial formation of the geomagnetic anomaly judgement methods. At the same time, the monitoring data of the geomagnetic observatory have been systematically combed and technology developed, forming a series of analysis methods, such as low point displacement, load and unload response ratio, correlation coefficient analysis and so on. This session hopes to introduce and discuss all kinds of abnormal phenomena and possible physical explanations in the examples of seismological and geomagnetic monitoring and prediction.
Keywords: earthquake early warning
  • S2-5-1 Seismic observation and strong motion observation: comparison and integration for earthquake early warning
  • Convenor YANG Dake (China), MA Qiang (China), Richard ALLEN (USA), A.K. YELLES (Algeria)
  • Introduction:
    Earthquake Early Waring (EEW) is an effective measure to mitigate the seismic risk. Over the past years EEW systems have been implemented or under testing in many countries and regions. Seismic observation is the basis of earthquake early warning and it can use seismic observation, strong motion observation, low cost MEMS sensor, high sampling rate Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and combination of them. It is necessary to compare and integrate the performance of EEW using the different observation due to they have difference in sensor density, observation frequency band, dynamic range, environment noise. For this session we invite contributions from a broad range of fields with relevance for seismic observation and strong motion observation for earthquake early warning including, but not limited to i) new findings in observation network layouts for EEW; ii) new EEW algorithms and updates of existing algorithms comparing the precision of phase pick, accuracy of magnitude estimation, accuracy of shaking intensity prediction and warning time using single observation network or both. iii) strategies for a meaningful and objective performance evaluation of EEW integrating the two observation networks.
  • S2-5-2 Automatic processing of seismic waveforms, and intelligent analysis of seismic events
  • Convenor LIU Ruifeng (China), HUANG Wenhui (China), Winfried HANKA (Germany), Paul FRIBERG (USA), WANG Dun (China)
  • Introduction
    Automatic processing of seismic waveforms and intelligent analysis of seismic events have experienced rapid development over the recently years, some new methods, technologies and software have been used in seismic network center for routine works.  In this session we call for papers focusing on developments in seismic network and data center, new methods and technologies on automatic processing of seismic waveforms, development and examples in intelligent analysis of seismic events, phase picking and event parameter mensuration, magnitude estimation, automatic location techniques and development, and related software.
  • S2-5-3  Application of artificial intelligence techniques in earthquake studies
  • Convenor NING Jieyuan (China), FANG Lihua (China), Zhigang PENG (USA)
  • Introduction
    Earthquake prediction, especially short-term prediction, is a worldwide unsolved problem. The challenges are mainly come from lack of both long-term recordings of geophysical data and detailed knowledge of Earth structures, which render earthquake statistics and geodynamic modeling ineffective. Nowadays, however, there are dramatic increases in the quantity and quality of geophysical data. These data partly alleviate the difficulty in long-term data shortage, providing much better opportunity on determining Earth’s fine structure and revealing the mechanisms of earthquake nucleation, propagation and termination. Meanwhile, advances in data science, especially artificial intelligence, dramatically increase the accuracy and efficiency of data analysis. They provide new approaches for solving problems from different perspectives, enabling automatic characterization of various types of signals, data compression, noise reduction, seismic phase identification and event detection, seismic source characterization, inference of the Earth’s fine structure, and novel visualization. With the abundant geophysical data as well as advances in computer and information technologies, there are great opportunities for data science to extract meaningful insights for inverting the Earth’s structures, understanding earthquake dynamics, and mitigating earthquake hazards. In this session we seek new thoughts, methods and technologies that will contribute to new way of data acquisition, the efficient and safe storage, processing and transmitting of big data, properly presenting computational results, automatic detection of seismic phases, extraction of earthquake signals, accurate inversion of the Earth’s structure, effective recognition of earthquake precursors, identification of earthquake nucleation, propagation and termination processes, etc.
Theme 3   Resilient Cities and Towns
Keywords: disasters
  • S3-1-1 Seismic effect and damage mechanics on civil engineering
  • Co-organized by International Association of Earthquake Engineering
  • Convenor DU Xiuli (China),WEN Ruizhi (China), Jonathan P. STEWART (USA), WEN Kuo-Liang (Taiwan, China)
  • Introduction:
    This topic will cover the seismic damage to natural and man-made infrastructure systems, innovative methods for seismic hazard and risk characterization, performance of infrastructure systems including cascading effects (disaster chains). Resilience techniques including seismic isolation, structural control, new materials and resilient structures are also welcome.
    Specific topics that could be covered in the session include strong ground motion observations, models for ground motion prediction, nonlinear site response models, time-dependent seismic hazard analysis, applications and limitations of broad-band ground motion simulation methods, urban seismic zonation techniques including multiple risk levels and multiple sources of hazard (ground motion and ground failure), the vulnerability of various engineering structures and lifelines, the predictions of the seismic losses and casualties, seismic losses based on pre-earthquake hazard surveys, the seismic performance of multi-age structural elements, the damage mechanism of urban engineering structures and infrastructures, and related topics.
  • S3-1-2 Earthquake disaster risk assessment
  • Co-organized by International Association of Earthquake Engineering
  • Convenor ZHANG Lingxin (China), XIONG Feng (China), DAI Kaoshan (China), B. SPENCER (USA), Kincho H. LAW (USA)
  • Introduction
    Earthquake disaster risk is increasing world-wide, especially for larger cities and rapidly developing regions. The risk is related not only with the hazard level, but also with the vulnerability of civil infrastructure experiencing the disaster. A quantitative approach to present a reasonable assessment of the seismic disaster risk should consider many factors, including human, economic terms, building practices, infrastructure, and so on. This session will discuss the models, methods, theory, and technology for the identification and assessment of earthquake disaster risk. Other related topics are also welcome.
  • S3-1-3 Geo-Natural Disasters (The 7th Technical Conference in Eastern Asia on Geo-natural Disasters, 7TCEAGND)
  • Co-organized by Asian Technical Committee No.3 (ATC3-Geotechnology for Natural Hazards) of ISSMGE
  • Convenor WANG Lanmin (China), Motoki KAZAMA (Japan)
  • Introduction
    he 7th Technical Conference in Eastern Asia on Geo-Natural Disasters (7TCEAGND) will be jointly held in Chengdu, China, in May 12-14, 2018, with the International Conference for the Decade Memory of the Wenchuan Earthquake (ICDMWE) organized by China Earthquake Administration (CEA). The 7TCEAGND conference is set as Session S3-1-3 Geo-Natural Disasters of ICDMWE. The series Technical Conference in Eastern Asia on Geo-Natural Disasters is organized under Asian Technical Committee 3 on Natural Hazards (ATC3) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), which is currently chaired by Prof. Motoki Kazama of Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. The 7TCEAGND conference (Session S3-1-3) is co-sponsored by China Earthquake Administration, Chinese Institution of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Professional Committee of Geotechnical Earthquake Disaster Mitigation of China Seismological Society. Lanzhou Institute of Seismology, China Earthquake Administration will be responsible for the local organizing affairs. The 7th Technical Conference in Eastern Asia on Geo-Natural Disasters will include the Ishihara Forum, keynote lectures, invited lectures, and oral presentations. The topics of this conference will be diverse, including but not limited to the mechanism, prediction and prevention of liquefaction, landslide, debris flow, collapsibility and settlement of ground, seismic subsidence, freeze-thawing hazards, failures of embankment and tailings dams, failure of foundation, geo-environmental engineering and disaster effect, and damage risk of infrastructure, industrial and civil facilities induced by geotechnical hazards and geodynamic processes in different countries. All the scholars, engineers, officials and students who work in the field of geo-natural disasters are welcome to attend the technical conference of 7TCEAGND (Session S3-1-3). Everyone involved with the conference is excited to be hosting this international event and is looking forward to seeing you in Chengdu.
  • S3-1-4 Field Investigation from Great Earthquake
  • Co-organized by Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Rresearch (ANCER)
  • Convenor GUO Endong(China), CHANG Kuo-Chun( Taiwan, China)
  • Introduction:
    Field investigation is always carried out after the great earthquake, by earthquake geology survey, engineering damage investigation and social impact inspection, the characteristics and causes of earthquake disasters can be clearer, and it is also the bases for temporary settlement, restoration and reconstruction, as well as scientific research. Therefore, for this session, topics related to field investigation from great earthquake are particularly welcome, such as, but not limited to, 1) the earthquake geology survey, in which mainly includes the investigation and analysis of seismogenic tectonic and seismic geological hazard; 2) engineering structure damage investigation, the objects mainly include buildings, lifeline engineering, major projects, special structures and industrial equipment etc; 3) the social investigation, in which mainly includes the investigation and analysis of casualties, economic loss, earthquake secondary disasters and social impact; and 4) survey of seismic intensity and macroscopic anomaly of earthquake.
  • S3-1-5 Landscape response to earthquakes and resulting secondary hazards
  • Convenor A. Joshua WEST (USA), JIN Zhangdong (China), XU Chong (China)
  • Introduction:
    The striking immediate damage from large continental earthquakes attracts justified attention, but the longer-term effects of these events on the natural landscape are also of fundamental importance. The Wenchuan earthquake particularly highlighted the central role of earthquake-triggered landslides as a hazard and as an erosional agent. These landslides inflicted immediate damage and were also the beginning of a series of “cascading hazards” that included debris flows and floods that occurred in the years following 2008. Ten years after the earthquake, we can look back and reflect on how these follow-on hazards prolonged the damage from the earthquake and hampered reconstruction — and how lessons from the sequence following the Wenchuan earthquake may guide understanding of similar events in the future.At the larger scale, the Wenchuan case provided greater understanding of how earthquake-triggered landslides contribute to erosional fluxes, thus shaping the geodynamics of tectonically active landscapes and potentially contributing to feedbacks between seismicity, erosion, and landscape evolution. Whether and how repeated large earthquakes may have contributed to the topography of eastern Tibet remains an open question. This session will bring together research from the Wenchuan earthquake as well as other large continental earthquakes aimed at understanding the landscape response to these events, considering both the hazard and tectonic perspectives.
  • S3-1-6 Seismic hazard assessment
  • Co-organized by Asian Seismological Commission (ASC)
  • Convenor Ruben TATEVOSSIAN(Russia), Toshiaki YOKOI (Japan)
  • Introduction:
    The seismic hazard assessment is multistage complex procedure including seismic observations at dense local network, elaboration of seismotectonic models, selection and justification of ground motion prediction equations, building of hazard curves and design response spectra, site response analysis, and generation of accelerograms. Very important issue, of crucial importance for critical facilities, such as nuclear power plants (NPP), is adequate level of conservatism. This issue is difficult to formalize, normally it is evaluated on the base of expert judgment. But the problem is still rather unclear. Contributions related to any of the topic incorporated in the seismic hazard assessment are welcomed. Discussions on the balance between formal procedures and expert judgment approach in hazard assessment are appreciated. In view of intensive design and construction works of critical facilities in Asia, such as NPPs in China, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, etc., it is encouraged to discuss seismic hazard assessment with emphasis to critical facilities. The potential papers can presents both methodological approaches and practical applications of well-known techniques.
  • S3-1-7 Integrated disaster risk studies and innovative technology
  • Co-organized by Sichuan University
  • Convenor SUN Yingying (China), ZHONG Ping (China), YAMORI Katsuya (Japan), GOLTZ James (USA)
  • Introduction
    Science and technology is the root of informed decision-making in disaster risk reduction (DRR). Roles of science and technology has got enhanced attention in the Sendai Framework for DRR and there has been prominent global and several regional initiatives to enhance multi-stakeholder partnership in implementing science-based decision-making. To increase the potential of the response phases for individuals and groups, innovative strategies and systems have been developed by both central and local governments that include disaster warning mechanisms, earthquake real-time report systems, resource applications, disaster information and intelligence networks, disaster educational and training programs. Meanwhile, communities are the first responders in case of a disaster. Therefore, community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) should be the core of any risk reduction approach. The CBDRR need to build on people's local knowledge and cultural practices, and apply technological tools and approaches that people can easily understand and integrate into their lives.This session will present interactive practice among multiple stakeholders, and welcomes innovative papers on the following topics: innovative technology, App development, system building, social training, CBDRR activities, and science education.
Keywords: earthquake engineering
  • S3-2-1 Engineering resilience (Part I: resilience-based aseismic design, seismic control and isolation, retrofit technology, etc)
  • Co-organized by International Association of Earthquake Engineering
  • Convenor ZHOU Ying (China), WANG Tao (China), Stephen MAHIN (USA)
  • Introduction
  • S3-2-2 Engineering resilience (Part II: non-structural element, lifeline and infrastructure engineering, rural residential building, etc)
  • Co-organized by International Association for the Seismic Performance of Non-Structural Elements (SPONSE)
  • Convenor DAI Junwu(China), PAN Peng (China), Toru TAKEUCHI (Japan), Gilberto MOSQUEDA (USA)
  • Introduction
    With the development and implementation of performance-based earthquake engineering, harmonization of performance levels between structural and non-structural elements becomes vital. Even if the structural elements of a building achieve a continuous or immediate occupancy performance level after a seismic event, failure of architectural, mechanical or electrical elements can lower the performance level of the entire building system. This reduction in performance caused by the vulnerability of non-structural elements has been observed during recent earthquakes in China and worldwide. Moreover, non-structural damage has limited the functionality of critical facilities, such as hospitals, following major seismic events.  The investment in non-structural elements and building contents is far greater than that of structural elements and framing. Therefore, it is not surprising that in many past earthquakes, losses from damage to non-structural elements have exceeded losses from structural damage. Furthermore, the failure of non-structural elements can become a safety hazard or can hamper the safe movement of occupants evacuating buildings, or of rescue workers entering buildings. In comparison to structural elements and systems, there is relatively limited information on the seismic design of non-structural elements. Basic research work in this area has been sparse, and the available codes and guidelines are usually, for the most parts, based on past experiences, engineering judgment and intuition, rather than on objective experimental and analytical results. Often, design engineers must start almost from square one after each earthquake event to observe what went wrong and to try to prevent repetitions. This is a consequence of the empirical nature of current seismic regulations and guidelines for non-structural elements. Any research papers and presentations related are all welcome to the session S3-2-2 Engineering Resilience.
  • S3-2-3 Earthquake dynamic response
  • Co-organized by The International Engineering Mechanics Forum
  • Convenor ZHAI Changhai (China), Yan-Gang ZHAO (Japan), Alfredo H-S, ANG (USA) ; CHIU Chief-Kuo (Taiwan,China)
  • Introduction
    Engineering Mechanics is the application of mechanics to solve problems involving common engineering elements. In civil engineering, Engineering Mechanics may relate to many fields including earthquake engineering, computational mechanics, computer-aided engineering, dynamics of structures, experimental analysis and instrumentation, inelastic behavior of solids and structures, probabilistic methods, properties of materials, fracture mechanics, stability of structural elements and systems, and so on.
  • S3-2-4 Social resilience & resiliency standards
  • Co-organized by The Seismological Society of China
  • Convenor LU Xinzheng (China), LIN Xuchuan (China), Kincho H. LAW (USA)
  • Introduction
    The sustainable development of the urban communities requires strengthening the social resilience and introducing novel standards for design and construction of the buildings and infrastructural systems. This session is dedicated to highlight the ongoing research in this topic, ranging from single buildings, bridges and lifeline networks, port structures and marine systems to the entire urban communities. Contributions relevant to novel methods of uncertainty quantification, risk and reliability analysis, decision making under uncertainty, performance based engineering, machine learning and artificial intelligence tools and structural health monitoring, that are motivated or illustrated by real examples, are welcome.
  • S3-2-5 Aseismic design and disaster mitigation of lifeline and infrastructure engineering
  • Co-organized by The Seismological Society of China
  • Convenor DU Xiuli (China), HAO Hong(Australia), ZHAO Yangang (Japan)
  • Introduction:
    Lifelines and urban infrastructure generally consist of the following six principal systems: electric power, natural gas and liquid fuels, telecommunications, transportation (highways, railroads, mass transit, ports, waterways and air transportation facilities), waste disposal, and water supply. These systems are the fundamental systems in the infrastructures that provide resources and services necessary to the health and functioning of modern societies, and are critical to the emergency response against hazards and recovery after disasters.  Major seismic events during the past decades such as the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, which led to significant life and economic losses, have continued to demonstrate extensively destructive power to lifelines and infrastructure systems. The main objective of lifeline earthquake engineering is to provide reliable, economic, resilient and aesthetic lifeline components and networks through seismic design and rehabilitation to ensure satisfactory performance of the lifeline systems during and after earthquakes. Session 3-2-5 primarily focus on the recent progress in aseismic design and disaster mitigation of lifeline and infrastructure systems in both research and engineering practice. The major topics in this session include:
    ·Geotechnical problems of Lifelines
    ·Damage Mechanism and Analysis of Lifeline and Disaster Simulation
    ·Dynamic Behavior of Buried Pipelines Subjected to Near Field Ground Motions and Fault Movement
    ·Application of GIS and GPS to Lifeline Disaster Prevention
    ·Monitoring and Sensing Systems of Lifeline Network Performance and Strong Ground Motions Including Permanent Displacement
    ·Emergency Response for Lifeline Network and Disaster Information System
    ·Restoration, Reconstruction and Function Rehabilitation Strategy
    ·Socio-Economical Impact and Consequence Control of Lifeline Damage
    ·Optimum Budget for Counter-measures on Lifeline Systems and Consensus on Acceptable Risk
    ·Business Continuity Management Related to Lifeline Network System
    ·The Damage during the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake
    We are looking forward to your participation in this technical session, and hope that this session will provide all the participants good opportunities to foster innovative ideas and productive collaboration.
  • S3-2-6 State of the art in aseismic safety of dams
  • Co-organized by Chinese National Committee on Large Dams, Seismology Society of China
  • Convenor CHEN Houqun (China), Martin WIELAND (Switzerland)
  • Introduction
    Large dams have been designed against earthquakes in almost all parts of the world since the 1930s. Until now, especially after the construction of a number of high dams, seismic safety of dams has been a hot point worth to be focused on.  To promote further technical exchange and experience communication in fields of seismic safety of high dams, International Symposium on Seismic Safety of Large dams and reservoirs, organized by CHINCOLD, SSC and CSHE, will mainly focus on following topics:  (1) Seismic ground motion of dam site;(2) Seismic design standard of high dams;(3) Theory and method of seismic analysis of high dams;(4) Seismic test method and technology for high dams;(5) Dynamic characteristics of dam materials;(6) Site test and health diagnosis for high dams;(7) Post earthquake evaluation of dam safety & Repair and reinforcement technology;(8) Research on prediction and monitoring of reservoir earthquake;(9) Dynamic analysis theory, method and seismic design of slope and underground structure.
  • S3-2-7 Wenchuan earthquake: anatomy of disasters and lessons for earthquake preparedness
  • Convenor GUO Xun (China), BO Jingshan (China), ZHAO Fengxin (China)
  • Introduction
  • S3-2-8 Earthquake-induced landslide dams: evaluation, management, conservation and utilization
  • Co-organized by Sichuan University
  • Convenor YANG Xing-guo (China), ZHANG Li-min (China), DAI Feng (China), ZHOU Jia-wen (China)
  • Introduction:
    Strong earthquake can triggered huge number of geological hazards in mountain river area, such as landslides, rockfalls, landslide-dammed lake, etc. Landslide-dammed lake is a typical secondary hazard followed with the earthquake, which poses great threat to human beings, houses and engineering structures. For the evaluation, management, conservation and utilization of earthquake-induced landslide dams, a series of scientific issues and technical problems should be resolved, such as the seismic response of slope, formation mechanism of landslide dam, the evolution mechanism of disaster chain for landslide dam, high-performance and previous computing software and simulation method, etc. This session is dedicated to promote the research and management of earthquake-induced landslide dam, field investigation, theoretical analysis, numerical simulation, engineering practice and other methods related about earthquake-induced landslide dam are all welcome. The topic may include, but is not limited to, the seismic mechanism of earthquake-induced landslide, the reinforcement and reuse of the landslide dam, the numerical simulation of the barrier dam, the failure mechanism of landslide dam, the dam break of landslide dam, the disaster chain of earthquake-induced landslide dam, the prevention and control measures of the landslide dam, the risk assessment of landslide-dammed lake, the monitoring technology and early warning of dam breaks, the sediment evolution in mountainous river before and after dam break, and other related researches are also welcome.
Keywords: earthquake emergency response, remote sensing
  • S3-3-1 Innovation of earthquake emergency and SAR equipment techniques
  • Co-organized by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Secretariat of International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Convenor DU Xiaoxia (China), SI Hongbo (China)
  • Introduction:
    Innovation and new developments of disaster information quick gathering techniques and equipment, disaster assessment, emergency response, on-site communication techniques, on-site commending system, ICS, EOC, UAV, UGV, USV, robot. Equipment of search and rescue for USAR, first responders/CERT, etc.
  • S3-3-2 Earthquake disaster lower space emergency SAR and emergency guarantee system
  • Co-organized by he International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Secretariat of International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Convenor PENG Bibo (China), SUN Shoujun (China), Thomas RUSSELL (International Committee of the Red Cross)
  • Introduction
    Earthquake disaster lower space/ aviation emergency response, real time communication and transmission of disaster information, coordination and commanding technique. Application of lower space/ aviation techniques for life search and rescue, emergency lower space/ aviation techniques for medical rescue, mobile hospital, and emergency guarantee system. Red tunnel application of lower space/ aviation during the catastrophe, and case analysis of earthquake disaster lower space emergency SAR and emergency guarantee system etc.
  • S3-3-3 Geophysical and remote sensing studies for monitoring damage assessment, ecological evaluations and landuse /landcover changes
  • Convenor Ramesh P. SINGH (USA), CAO ChunXiang (China)
  • Introduction
  • S3-3-4 Real-time earthquake disaster assessment and rescue resource optimization techniques
  • Co-organized by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Secretariat of International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Convenor NING Baokun (China), BU Bin (China)
  • Introduction:
    Real-time earthquake disaster assessment theory, models, techniques, tools, such as shaking map, quick assessment methods and models, cases analysis, losses assessments of casualty, infrastructures and economics, real-time decision-making system; and rescue resource optimization techniques for USAR coordination techniques, emergency evacuation, allocation, and lifelines engineering chain recovery and supports techniques.
  • S3-3-5 Capacity buildings of Community/First Response Emergency Team (CERT)
  • Co-organized by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Secretariat of International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Convenor QU Guosheng (China), NING Baokun (China)
  • Introduction
    Standards, training courses, pilot experience, SOP, cases studies of capacity buildings of Community/First Response Emergency Team (CERT) in different countries, regions depend on the different disaster risks and cultures. Exchange of experiences of CERT, instructors, managers training and team operation systems.
  • S3-3-6 National USAR capacity and USAR team certification (IEC)
  • Co-organized by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Secretariat of International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Convenor QU Guosheng (China), CHEN Hong (China)
  • Introduction
    Standards and national level guideline for capacity building of heavy, medium, and light USAR team, SOP of each parts, USAR missions and cases studies, National USAR team certification methodology, organization, standards and guidelines, core lists etc. Exchange of experiences of National USAR capacity and USAR team certification (IEC).
  • S3-3-7 Critical infrastructure and lifeline emergency protection and rescue techniques
  • Co-organized by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Secretariat of International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Convenor LIN Yu (China), LU Ming (China)
  • Introduction
    The themes settings include lifeline engineering such as post earthquake water supply, gas supply, transportation, telecommunication, power supply etc. The types of disaster damage of long-span and high structures and airport and port engineering, earthquake response method, earthquake damage mechanism and function failure study, seismic damage prediction, seismic evaluation and emergency disposal technology are also included. The research involves investigation and evaluation of disaster conditions, disaster monitoring and warning, emergency repair technology and equipment, rescue command and control , as well as information technique.
  • S3-3-8 The practice and progress of emergency medical rescue
  • Co-organized by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Secretariat of International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Convenor CAO Yu (China)
  • Introduction
    Using historical and research examples ofdisaster and crisis science, we have more and more consensus that theprofessionalization of disaster medicine and public health as an essentialdiscipline in support of global public health security. As a new branch of medicine,disaster medicine has its own historicity and political character, these are important characteristics that are differentfrom other medical branches. In fact, modern emergency medicine is regularlyconfronted with the management of multiple casualties in accidents or eventerrorist attacks, and more rarely to large-scale disasters. There are too manyplans for responding to disasters all over the world, but if it still lacksscientific research and argumentation, the disaster medicine cannot become ascientific system. The concept of disaster medicine, derived from the medicalmanagement of casualties caused by terrorist attacks or earthquakes. It adaptsmilitary intervention tactics to civilian practices, and differentiates majordisasters (in which preformed teams are sent to the scene) from disasters withlimited effects (predefined plans form the backbone of the rescue organization). Management of multiple injuries and critically ill (blast and crush syndromes),triage care of victims surge, on-site emergency surgery, medicopsychological support, massdecontamination, and rescue management are the main part of the aspects withwhich physicians should be familiar. Regulations, ethical aspects andmanagerial methods still need to be refined, and research and teaching must developfaster.
Theme 4   Smart Service
Keywords: risk
  • S4-1-1 Global Earthquake Model
  • Co-organized by Global Earthquake Model (GEM)
  • Convenor GAO Mengtan (China), Marco PAGANI (GEM)
  • Introduction
    GEM (Global Earthquake Model) Foundation is motivated to serve the public good in a collaborative, credible, open and transparent manner. It strives to make seismic risk assessment inclusive to create a holistic culture of awareness and resilience, bringing a once-scarce resource available to all sectors and beneficiaries. It works from research to practice, from knowledge to action, the GEM’s efforts are ultimately motivated by the welfare of the public. It collaborates across sectors, geographies and disciplines to promote knowledge and information sharing in an open, transparent manner. It is able to bring together diverse stakeholders from scientific community to policy makers, from global to local partners to deliver impact on the ground because of our professional track record in global seismic hazard and risk assessment. the GEM’s products, data and processes are transparent and freely accessible to the public. GEM strives to develop trustworthy hazard and risk evaluations, vital for organizing rescue and humanitarian activities when an earthquake occurs. GEM works to ensure that damage and loss assessments before and after an earthquake are accurate in order for governments to respond quickly in areas where assistance is most needed, and in order for communities to ‘build back better’. In recent years, GEM is organizing the project of global seismic hazard and risk assessment and the global seismic hazard map will be completed in 2018. In this session, we plan to show the services, tools, products and achievements GEM does with many collaborators all of the world and discuss the farther collaboration between GEM and CEA (China Earthquake Administration). This session will be hosted by Professor Gao Mengtan from CEA and Doctor Marco Pagani from GEM Foundation.
  • S4-1-2 Earthquake risk management and insurance
  • Co-organized by China Re
  • Convenor ZUO Huiqiang (China)
  • Introduction
  • S4-1-3 Integrated seismic risk reduction
  • Convenor XIONG Feng (China), DAI Kaoshan (China), Tso-Chien PAN (Singapore)
  • Introduction:
    This session is to bring global experts to discuss the following interesting topics: (1) Seismic losses of buildings and infrastructure systems, (2) Seismic damage functions of buildings and infrastructure, (3) Large-scale seismic response modelling of growing cities, (4) Earthquake risk assessment and risk financing, (5)Resilient energy infrastructuresuch as lifeline systems, underground reservoirs and energy storages systems, (7) Engineering technologies (seismic monitoring and control) for multi-hazard (wind & earthquakes) mitigations.
  • S4-1-4 Open debate: earthquake forecast for the reduction of seismic disaster risk?
  • Co-organized by ACES
  • Convenor ZHANG Yongxian (China), John B. RUNDLE (USA)
  • Introduction
Keywords: recovery and public understanding
  • S4-2-1 Build back better: recovery after great disasters and building community resilience
  • Convenor WU Guochun (China), HAN Ziqiang (China), Makoto TAKAHASHI (Japan)
  • Introduction
    Great disasters typically impact not only individuals, but also communities and result in rising social and financial costs. Build back better means enhancing preparedness and capacities of integrating disaster risk reduction through recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction after great disasters.
    This session welcomes, but is not limited to papers on the following topics prior to, community responses; community inter-organizational coordination; individuals, families, and broader community support; lessons learned from past disasters; and community-engaged disaster research approaches, methods, and strengths
  • S4-2-2 Space regeneration and sustainable development in the global earthquake stricken area
  • Convenor Osamu KOIDE (China), Takaaki KATO (Japan), A.P. KABILIJIANG (China)
  • Introduction
  • S4-2-3 Public understandings, education,recovery and reconstruction
  • Convenor Luba Gilberta THWALA (Zimbabwe)
  • Introduction
  • S4-2-4 Post earthquake information science and disaster education
  • Convenor TIAN Bingwei (China), DI Baofeng (China), LIU Jie (China), Ram THAPALIA (Nepal)
  • Introduction
  • S4-2-5 Earthquake disaster experience, practice, training and public service
  • Convenor YANG Wenlong (China), ZHOU Baijia (China)
  • Introduction
Theme 5   regional international cooperation
Keywords: regional international cooperation
  • S5-1-1 Open session: Regional Cooperation in Seismo-geodesy: An ASC Initiative
  • Co-organized by Asian Seismological Commission (ASC)
  • Convenor LI Li (China), Paramesh BANERJEE (Singapore)
  • Introduction:
    Any initiatives for cooperation in researches in Asian countries are welcome. The vision of this session is to push regional data sharing and joint research on geo-puzzles in regional scale.
  • S5-1-2 Open Session: International Project for Earthquake Science and Technology Innovation
  • Convenor HU Chunfeng (China), DONG Shuwen (China), Walter D. MOONEY (USA)
  • Introduction
  • S5-1-3 Open Session: International Cooperation in Space Monitoring System for Earthquake Research
  • Co-organized by Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO)
  • Convenor LI Xinjun (China), SUN Qing (China), Manop AORPIMAI (Thailand), XIONG Qian (APSCO)
  • Introduction:
    The member countries of APSCO plagued by the earthquake disaster should vigorously develop earthquake precursor monitoring technology to compensate for the limitations of the regional monitoring network. Nowadays the atmospheric and ionospheric monitoring technology has been developed quickly. APSCO is committed to support all the members to share their advanced technologies, the data, and its application achievements. The contributions for international cooperation project proposal, ground-based and space-born monitoring technology, instrument development, research results for earthquake application are all welcome.
  • S5-1-4 Open Session: Wenchuan earthquake sequence: a comprehensive understanding of its tectonic origin, physical processes, and hazard implications
  • Convenor ZhengkangSHEN (USA), XU Xiwei (China)
  • Introduction:
    It has been ten years since the occurrence of the 2008 great Wenchuan earthquake which ruptured a section of the Longmenshan fault in western China. Extensive researches have been conducted, and great advancements have been achieved in learning about the earthquake and its sequence. Important questions, however are still being debated, such as, how are the crust and mantle coupled, and what drives the crustal deformation in eastern Tibet? What is the fault zone structure and rheology which control the stress/strain accumulation and release on fault? What controlled the fault rupture propagation and the cascade slip on fault? Was the Wenchuan earthquake triggered by the Zipingpu reservoir, and if so, how? How did the stress/strain redistribute and evolve after the Wenchuan earthquake, and in what sense the 2013 Lushan earthquake was an aftershock of the Wenchuan earthquake? What is the seismic hazard potential of the eastern Tibet after Wenchuan, and how to quantify the earthquake probabilities? We welcome contributions which address these and other important questions concerning the tectonics and physics of the Wenchuan earthquake sequence, and encourage particularly those with new insights from comprehensive analysis and interpretation of multi-disciplinary datasets collected and related to the earthquake.