Track 12

Mechanics of earthquake and tsunami hazards

Earthquakes and tsunamis are among the most devastating natural hazards on the planet costing thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars on average every single year. The field of mechanics (both Solids and fluids and their coupling) has already proven invaluable in advancing our scientific understanding of the nature of earthquakes and tsunamis. Indeed, the better understanding of the fundamental physics of earthquake and tsunami has proven to be critical for preparing and mitigating the global hazards they pose. Such demand has become more pressing with increasing global population and extensive urbanization. This symposium aims to discuss recent progresses, challenges and opportunities in the field of earthquake and tsunami observations, lab experiments and theoretical/numerical modeling, with emphasis on the mechanics aspect of the topics.

This track covers a wide range of topics relates to earthquake source mechanics and tsunamigenesis, including:

  • Advanced methods in kinematic imaging of earthquake and tsunami observations;
  • Detailed case field-studies for recent earthquakes and tsunamis;
  • Laboratory scale earthquake and tsunami studies and Rock experiments;
  • Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical modeling and experiments on rocks and granular materials;
  • Mechanics-based, earthquake and tsunami dynamic simulations;
  • Fluid-induced Seismicity studies;
  • The mechanics and physics of rock friction;
  • Applications of AI and machine learning to earthquake and tsunami analysis.

~ Speakers’ list forthcoming ~

Track Chairs

Ares Rosakis
California institute of Technology, USA

Ahmed Elbanna
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA

Shengji Wei
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Ares Rosakis
California institute of Technology, USA