History and Scope

The Paleoseismology International Focus Area is deeply rooted in the history of INQUA, coming from the past scientific networking within the former INQUA Neotectonics Comm., ceased in the year 2003. After the termination of the Neotectonics Comm., paleoseismology research and scientific networking within INQUA developed as a consistent International Focus Area.

During the three previous inter-congress periods (2003/2007, 2007/2011, and 2011/2015) the Focus Area Paleoseismology and Active Tectonics (PALACTE) generated the Environmental Seismic Intensity Scale (ESI-2007) and the on-line Catalogue of Earthquake Environmental Effects (EEE) by means of successive INQUA-Projects. In 2011/2015 the International Focus Group IFG PALACTE was running the INQUA#1299 Project on EEE Metrics.

A new IFG has been set up following the INQUA congress in Nagoya in 2015: Earthquake Geology and Seismic Hazard (IFG EGSHaz). The main scope is the understanding of past earthquakes and future seismic risks using Quaternary geology. The activity of the IFG is focused on the study of coseismic environmental effects and their integral expression in the Quaternary record. Recent progresses in the field of paleoseismology have clearly shown that earthquake effects on natural environment are more strictly related to the earthquake magnitude (e.g. Wells & Coppersmith, 1994) than effects on humans and manmade structures. During the intercongress period 2007/2011 the IFG also incorporated an archaeoseismic view to the study of historic and ancient earthquakes by means the joint-initiative with the IGCP-567 Project on Earthquake Archaeology. At the moment six INQUA-IGCP International workshops have been celebrated in the ancient roman city of Baelo Claudia (2009, Spain), the Corinth Gulf (2011, Greece), Morelia (2012, Mexico), Aachen (2013, Germany), Busan (2014, Korea), and Fucino (2015, Italy). The conference series is now worldwide established under the brand PATA Days (Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics, Archaeoseismology).

Bibliographic Info

Christoph Gruetzner
Cambridge University, UK

Research interests: Since summer 2014 I am a Research Assistant at Cambridge university, working in the Earthquakes without Frontiers project. My main research interest are studies on past earthquakes. I try to extend our knowledge on past seismicity using data from historical catalogues, archaeological sites, offset geomorphological markers and paleoseismological studies. The methods I use include paleoseismological trenching, geomorphological field studies, remote sensing, Quaternary dating, and near-surface geophysics. I currently work on large faults in Kazakhstan, where the Tien Shan and Dzhungarian Ala-tau accommodate a significant portion of the total shortening between India and Eurasia.

Petra Stepancikova
Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics, Academy of Sciences of the CR, Czech Republic

Research interests: I am a researcher in neotectonics and tectonic geomorphology working at the Department of Neotectonics and Thermochronolgy at the IRSM. My main research interests are long-term morphotectonic evolution of studied areas, Quaternary tectonic activity of selected faults and paleoseismic survey. To assess the geodynamic evolution and tectonic activity I combined methods of tectonic geomorphology, structural geology, geomorphological mapping, paleoseismic trenching, shallow geophysics. After participating on paleoseismic surveys on various plate boundaries (e.g. in Spain, California, Mexico, Israel) I currently work on late Cenozoic tectonic structures and capable faults in intraplate regions of central Europe, mainly in the Bohemian Massif.

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