Effect of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion: Challenges of Applying Ground Motion Simulation to Seismology and Earthquake Engineering

Earth, Planets and Space welcomes submissions to the special issue on the Effect of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion: Challenges of Applying Ground Motion Simulation to Seismology and Earthquake Engineering.

In the past few decades, the study on site effects of seismic ground motions induced by surface geology and subsurface structures (Effects of Surface Geology on seismic motion, ESG) is progressing for understanding strong ground motion characteristics during disastrous earthquakes and for predicting strong ground motions for future events, with increasing numbers of strong motion data and computer powers. There are still huge earthquake disasters occurring all over the world and the researches for quantification of ESG should be emphasized for earthquake disaster mitigations because of their significant influence on strong motions.

In this coming summer, the 5th International Conference on Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motions (ESG5) will be held in Taipei, Taiwan and there are about 140 papers from over 20 countries to be presented. On this occasion, we would like to propose to publish a special issue or issues for recent progress of study on ESG in EPS journal to share the present status on this study area. We are expecting that many of the authors who contribute to ESG5 will submit their papers to this EPS special issue(s) but we would not exclude any authors who do not participate in ESG5 but write relevant papers. We believe that this special issue(s) will attract abroad spectrum of readers and contribute to stimulate discussion on new paradigms of future ESG studies and seismology in general.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • applied seismology
  • earthquake engineering
  • engineering seismology

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Earth, Planets and Space. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Earth, Planets and Space submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct special issue please select the appropriate special issue in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the special issue on 'Effect of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion: Challenges of Applying Ground Motion Simulation to Seismology and Earthquake Engineering'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2017


Lead Guest Editor

Kuo-Liang Wen, Department of Earth Sciences, National Central University, Taiwan

Guest Editors

Pierre-Yves Bard, Institute of Earth Sciences, Joseph Fourier University (UJF), Grenoble, France
Francisco-Jose Sanchez-Sesma, Instituto de Ingenieria, UNAM, Mexico
Sadanori Higashi, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan
Tomotaka Iwata, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan
Takuto Maeda, Earthquake Research Insitute, University of Tokyo, Japan


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