[unav_all] SSA Special Session on Earthquake Processes

William Prescott prescott at unavco.org
Sun Jan 8 13:43:01 MST 2006

Please consider submitting an abstract to the special session 
"Earthquake Science in the 21st Century: Understanding the Processes 
that Control Earthquakes" that has been organized for the Centennial 
Meeting of the SSA (a.k.a. 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference). 
The session description is appended below.

The abstract deadline is January 16 and the on-line abstract 
submission form is available at 
Registration for the conference is also now open 

Earthquake Science in the 21st Century: Understanding the Processes 
that Control Earthquakes
Conveners: Bill Ellsworth (ellsworth at usgs.gov) and Gregory van der 
Vink (gvdv at earthscope.org)

In the century following the great 1906 California earthquake, our 
understanding of earthquake processes has evolved from a qualitative 
to a quantitative science, spurred forward in large measure by 
critical insights gained from observations of the 1906 earthquake, 
such as H. F. Reid's elastic rebound theory.  Today, earthquakes are 
understood to be the brittle response of a complex, multi-scale 
dynamic system to forces generated in the Earth's interior.  Future 
advances in understanding fundamental earthquake processes will 
require interdisciplinary research fueled by modern observational 
systems, complemented by expanded computational geodynamic modeling 
capabilities.  In the U.S., many of these challenges are being 
addressed by EarthScope through a combination of geodetic, seismic, 
borehole and geologic data that will allow unprecedented observation 
of deformation over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. 
This session will highlight breakthroughs in earthquake source 
physics made possible by modern observational and computational 
systems, including EarthScope.

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