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  • US Bursaries to attend the INQUA congress in Dublin

    The INQUA Congress in Dublin will be the event for Quaternary science this year, but Dublin is quite expensive and many ECRs will need travel support. While the application deadline for the INQUA grants has already passed, there is still an option for early career scientists from the US to get up to US$ 2,000. See the INQUA Dublin website for details and make sure to not miss the deadline March 15, 2019.

  • Challenges & Conclusions from the 6th Int’l Colloquium on Historical earthquakes & Paleoseismology studies, Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium

    The 6th Int’l Colloquium on Historical earthquakes & Paleoseismology studies took place in October 2018 in Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium. Our colleagues Koen Van Noten, Thierry Camelbeeck, and  Thomas Lecocq have put together a nice summary of this event, pointing out future challenges in the field:

    From 24 to 26 October 2018 55 scientists from 14 countries gathered at Han-sur-Lesse in Belgium for the annual gathering of the Colloquium on Historical earthquakes and Seismology. During this well attended conference, four invited keynote talks, 27 oral and 16 poster contributions were presented. Topics in this multidisciplinary colloquium spanned four themes. The first three themes are recurrent themes in this Colloquium series and focused on (1) Seismology and Historical earthquakes, (2) Paleoseismology and (3) Archaeoseismology. The organisers also specifically wanted to focus on (4) Earthquakes and natural caves; a discipline in which major progress was recently made. This topic was heavily debated during the field trip to the Han-sur-Lesse and Rochefort caves on 25 October 2018. Hereinafter we summarise what was presented (see program) by the attendants and which challenges seismologists – and friends – face these days.

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  • IAS Rome 2019 – session on paleoseismology & tsunamis

    The 34th IAS meeting on sedimentology will take place in Rome from 10-13 September, 2019. There are several sessions that are of interest to the paleoseismology community, and session 7.11 is especially devoted to past earthquakes:

    7.11: The sedimentary record of earthquakes, tsunamis, and catastrophic/extreme events.

    Massimo Moretti (Bari University, Italy); Jasper Knight (Wits University, South Africa); Giuseppe Mastronuzzi (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy); Andreas Vött (Mainz University, Germany).

    Extreme/catastrophic events are by definition rare and episodic, but they have occurred frequently throughout Earth’s history. High magnitude events such as earthquakes, tsunamis, large-scale landslides, extreme floods and storms, extraterrestrial impacts, etc. often leave a sedimentary imprint in the geological record. Nevertheless, recognition of extreme event traces in sedimentary successions is often difficult and may be ambiguous.
    This session is focused on examples of seismites, tsunamites, and other sedimentary deposits that have been formed by extreme events. We encourage contributions including field-based examples discussing different approaches on data analysis and interpretation of these deposits. We also welcome studies on analogical modelling and numerical simulation for relationships between triggering processes and products of extreme events.

    Deadline for early bird registration is 30 May 2019, abstract submission closes on 30 March.

    Conference website: http://iasroma2019.org/

  • 7th International Colloquium on Historical Earthquakes & Paleoseismology Studies, 4-6 November, 2019, Barcelona

    Save the date: The 7th International Colloquium on Historical earthquakes & paleoseismology studies will be held from 4-6 November, 2019, in Barcelona (Spain). The colloquium is organized by RESIF (French seismologic and geodetic network), and ICGC (cartographic and geological institute of Catalonia) with POCRISC Project. Further information will be available in January.

  • Paleoseismology sessions at the INQUA Congress in Dublin, 25-31 July, 2019

    Taking place every four years, the INQUA Congress is the meeting for Quaternary science. After Nagoya in 2015, the XX. Congress will be held in Dublin from 25-31 July, 2019.

    Please make sure to check the following palaeoseismology-related sessions, abstract deadline is 9 January!

    • Earthquake geology and seismic hazards: From earthquake mapping of historical and prehistoric earthquakes to palaeoseismology. (Convenors: Ioannis Papanikolaou, Stéphane Baize, Christoph Grützner)
    • Palaeoseismology of plate interiors under Pleistocene climate changes. (Klaus Reicherter, Petra Štěpančíková, Małgorzata Pisarska-Jamroży, Poster only)
    • Development of soft-sediment deformation structures (SSDS) and differences between non-seismic and seismic structures. (Małgorzata Pisarska-Jamroży, Tom Van Loon, Barbara Woronko, Andreas Boerner, Poster only)
    • Subduction zone palaeoseismology. (Emma Hocking. Ed Garrett, Jasper Moernaut)

    Also interesting for the earthquake community:

    • Sea-level changes from minutes to millennia. (Simon Engelhart, Fengling Yu, Alar Rosentau, Gösta Hoffmann, Poster only)
    • The sedimentary record of tsunamis and storms. (Vanessa Heyvaert, Sue Dawson, Max Engel)
    • River terraces as archives of Quateranry landscape development. (Martin Stokes, Pedro Cunha, Poster only)
  • PATA Days 2019 in Israel cancelled

    The 10th PATA Days, which were planned for September 2019 in Israel, have to be cancelled. The next regular PATA meeting will therefore be held in Chile 2020. This is the bad news. The good news is that there will be a student summer school organized by the IFG EGSHaz from 24-27 September, 2019, in Prague (Czech Republic). Petra Štěpančíková and her team are currently working on the schedule. The summer school will mainly address students and PhD students interested in earthquake geology, paleoseismology, and tectonic geomorphology. We will likely have two days of lectures & exercises and two days of field trips. More information will be available soon, so stay tuned.

    Please make sure to consider attending the INQUA Congress in Dublin (25-31 July, 2019). There will be three sessions organized by our IFG:

    • Earthquake Geology and Seismic Hazards: from earthquake mapping of historical and prehistoric earthquakes to paleoseismology (Ioannis Papanikolaou, Stéphane Baize, Christoph Grützner)
    • Paleoseismology of plate interiors under Pleistocene climate changes (Klaus Reicherter, Petra Štěpančíková, Małgorzata Pisarska-Jamroży)
    • Development of soft-sediment deformation structures (SSDS) and differences between non-seismic and seismic structures (Małgorzata
      (Gosia) Pisarska-Jamroży, A.J. Tom van Loon, Barbara Woronko, Andreas Börner)

    Also, this session could be of interest:

    • Subduction zone palaeoseismology (Emma Hocking, Ed Garrett, Jasper Moernaut)

    See you in Dublin and Prague!
    Ioannis, Petra, Christoph

     

  • Conference “30 years after Spitak Earthquake: Experience and Perspectives”, 3-7 Dec, 2018, Yerevan

    The 1988 Spitak Earthquake with a magnitude of MS6.8 took the life of thousands of people and caused widespread devastation in Armenia. It also ruptured the surface and is one of the best-studied seismic events in the entire Caucasus region. 30 years after the catastrophe, an conference will be held in Yerevan, Armenia, from 3-7 December: “30 years after Spitak Earthquake: Experience and Perspectives“. The meeting will also include a field trip to the epicentral area. Full conference fee is USD 200. Download the flyer here (pdf, 655 KB). The form for the expression of interest is here (docx, 19 KB). more

  • 3rd IGCP 639 meeting, 16-23 September, 2018 – Sea Level Change from Minutes to Millennia

    The 3rd annual IGCP 639 meeting will take place from 16-23 September, 2018, in Italy. IGCP project 639 deals with Sea Level Change from Minutes to Millennia. The meeting will cover all IGCP related science such as sea level, climate change, tectonics, earthquakes, tsunami, and coastal inundation.
    It’s a joint meeting with INQUA project CMP1701P “Late Quaternary record of coastal inundation due to earth surface deformation, tsunami and storms”, CMP1601P “HOLSEA” and CMP1603P “MOPP-MEDFLOOD”. Two days of scientific sessions at Taranto University will be followed by a four-day field trip to Catania. more

  • Iberfault 2018 meeting: 11-13 June, 2018, Alicante

    The next Iberfault meeting will be held in Alicante, Spain, from 11-13 June, 2018. After the meeting, Pablo Silva and Jorge Giner will lead a field trip to see the geological effects of the Estubeny and Tavernes historical earthquakes. more

  • 6th Int’l Colloquium Historical earthquakes & paleoseismology, 24-26 Oct, 2018, Han-sur-Lesse (BEL)

    The 6th International Colloquium on Historical earthquakes & paleoseismology studies will be held from 24-25 October, 2018, in Han-sur-Lesse (Belgium). The meeting will focus on the contribution of paleoseismology/hist. seismology studies to the knowledge of the long-term seismic activity and to seismic hazard assessment.

    On 26 October, 2018, a field trip will lead to the Han-sur-Lesse and Rochefort caves. The meeting will be organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium. more

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