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., coming from the past scientific networking within the former INQUA Neotectonics Commission ceased in the year 2003. After the termination of the Neotectonics Commission, paleoseismology research and scientific networking within INQUA developed as a consistent International Focus Area. The IFG is part of the INQUA TERPRO Commission on Terrestrial Processes, Deposits, and History (TERPRO). The TERPRO Commission covers the wider spectrum of Quaternary disciplines and coordinates the largest number of International Focus Groups (IFG's) and Projects.
The IFG supports the INQUA Congresses, however, the flagship event of the group are the annual Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology (PATA) Days conference series. The PATA Days is the world's only regular event focused on earthquake geology, palaeoseismology and Quaternary tectonics, forming the main scientific discussion forum for the latest developments in these fields. PATA days include fieldtrips and summer schools and promote socializing and networking among researchers. As a result, the focus group has 625 members from 58 countries worldwide (e.g. representing all the participants who attended at least one of the PATA days workshops since 2009).
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 nine 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), Crestone (2016, USA), Blenheim (2017 New Zealand), Posidi (2018, Greece). The conference series is now worldwide established under the brand PATA Days (Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics, Archaeoseismology).
Alessandro Maria Michetti
Universita dell Insubria, Italy
Most of my research is focused on the reconstruction of the recent landscape evolution in order to define geological criteria for assessing natural hazards, in particular seismicity. This includes the integration of historical and instrumental seismicity data with observations from Quaternary, dominantly Holocene, stratigraphy, geomorphology and tectonics,
Leader of the Group
Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
My research interests are focused in geohazards and particularly in earthquake geology and seismic hazards using structural geology and geomorphology as the main tools. In addition, I m studying the landscape evolution and Earthquake Environmental Effects and try to insert geological data in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment, Time dependent Probabilities
Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
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,
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
The University of Western Australia, Australia
Dr. Whitney is a research fellow at the Centre for Energy Geoscience at the University of Western Australia and an independent consulting geologist specializing in geohazard recognition and characterization for critical infrastructure projects. Dr. Whitney has over fifteen years of consulting experience working on myriad geohazard and engineering geology
Technical support and Secretary
Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Geomorphology focused on active tectonics, paleoseismology and landslides evolution; web applications for landslides and tectonic monitoring
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Post-doctoral researcher, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, (including one year position as visiting researcher at the Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris)
As of January 2013
List of All Members
Table showing the number of the PATA Participants per country (e.g. attended at least one of the PATA days workshops since 2009).
No. of participants
|21||6||0.96||IRI||Republica of Ireland|
|57||1||0.16||TPE||Taiwan Province of China|
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