Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:15 to 12:00

Seminar: Global Earthquake Model

The Department of Civil Engineering presents a special seminar on the Global Earthquake Model (GEM), with guest speaker Ross Stein. Faculty, students, staff and EERI members are invited to attend - RSVPs not required.

About GEM

Most of the world's seismically vulnerable populations are unaware that they are at risk, and have no means to contend with it. The Global Earthquake Model was founded to change that dynamic. GEM provides powerful free and open source modeling software and data for seismic risk assessment. GEM has spent €10M to build the datasets without which seismic hazard assessment cannot be properly tested nor rapidly improved, and €8M to build the OpenQuake seismic hazard and risk software. The datasets are being gathered by an international consortia of scientists and engineers. Among these, the ISC-GEM instrumental seismic catalog has been downloaded 5,000 times since 2013. In January 2015, GEM released its OpenQuake Platform, with integrated software, data, and analysis and visualization tools, free and open to all non-commercial users.

A non-profit public-private partnership, GEM's activities are politically, commercially, and scientifically independent. Public sponsors include Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Norway, Turkey, the United States, Singapore, Australia, New Zaland, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Japan, and Taiwan. Private sponsors include Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re, Zurich Insurance Group, Willis Re, AIR Worldwide, FM Global, OYO, ARUP, Nephila Capital Management, Eucentre, GIROJ, and Suramericana.

About the Speaker

Ross Stein studies how earthquakes interact by the transfer of stress. He is the 2012 Natural Hazards Award recipient of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Winter 2014 Distinguished Lecturer at the Stanford School of Earth Sciences, and a Fellow of the AGU and the Geological Society of America. He has given AGU's Gilbert White, Francis Birch, and Frontiers of Geophysics Lectures. During 1993-2003, the Science Citation Index reported that Stein was the second most cited author in earthquake science. Ross is an Emeritus Scientist at the USGS in Menlo Park, and a Consulting Professor of Geophysics at Stanford. He cofounded GEM in 2008, and chaired GEM's inaugural Science Board during 2009-2014.

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