California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences


Workshop on Modeling Earthquake Source Processes

October 8-10, 2018
Caltech campus
1200 E. California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91125

Workshop Outcomes

Executive summary (click for pdf)

White paper report, main text (click for pdf)

Supplementary section V (click for pdf)

References (click for pdf)

Workshop Information

Scientific Committee
Nadia Lapusta (Chair), Eric Dunham (co-Chair), Jean-Philippe Avouac, Marine Denolle, Ylona van Dinther, Daniel Faulkner, Yuri Fialko, and Hiroko Kitajima

Local Organizing Committee
Michael Gurnis (Chair), Men-Andrin Meier (co-Chair for Remote Participation), Jean-Philippe Avouac, Kim Baker-Gatchalian, Valère Lambert, Nadia Lapusta, Stacy Larochelle, Carolina Oseguera, Kavya Sudhir, and Zachary Ross

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Workshop Goals
The goal of the workshop is to produce a white paper on future research directions that will enable substantial progress in modeling earthquake source processes, by coupling:
-- multiple temporal scales: dynamic rupture, interseismic period/earthquake sequences, short-term tectonics;
-- multiple spatial scales: shear zone/fault core, damage zone/deeper extensions, fault segment, fault network;
-- multiple physical and chemical factors: fluid effects, realistic geometry, inelastic processes.

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