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Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion (ESG): General State-of-Research

Earth, Planets and Space welcomes submissions to this special issue on “Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion (ESG): General State-of-Research”.

In the quest to understand and predict the behavior of strong ground motions during devastating earthquakes, studies about the effects of surface geology on seismic motion (ESG) have progressed considerably in the last three decades. Concurrently, advancements in the ESG related research can be readily attributed to the proliferation of available strong motion data and accessible computational power. Despite these improvements, there remains significant shortfall in our understanding of ESG as demonstrated by phenomena from recent devastating earthquake-related site effects. Thus, investigations toward the quantification of ESG should be underscored in efforts toward earthquake disaster mitigation because of the significant influence of ESG on strong motion characteristics. 
The IASPEI/IAEE Joint Working Group on the Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion (JWG-ESG) organized the 6th International ESG Symposium (ESG6) in Japan in August 2021, which yielded submissions of more than 100 papers that originated from 21 countries. ESG6 is the 6th successive JWG-ESG gathering, since the inaugural 1992 ESG1 held in Odawara, Japan. After the recent 2016 ESG5, which was held in Taipei, Taiwan, JWG-ESG organized a special issue on the journal Earth, Planetary and Space (EPS) entitled “Effect of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion: Challenges of Applying Ground Motion Simulation to Seismology and Earthquake Engineering” from 2017 to 2018, in which 16 papers were collected and published. For the 2021 ESG6 Symposium, JWG-ESG observe tradition and propose to publish a special issue (or issues) about recent studies related to ESG through the EPS journal to share and disseminate the state-of-the-art in this important research field. 
We expect that a significant portion of the authors who contribute to ESG6 will submit their materials to the proposed EPS special issue(s). We also expect to find submissions from authors who indirectly or did not participate in ESG6 but wish to contribute relevant papers about ESG. We believe that this special issue(s) will attract a broad spectrum of readers and thus, contribute to stimulating discussions about new paradigms and influencing future ESG studies, as well as seismology in general.

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Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission Guidelines  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 'Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion (ESG): General State-of-Research'.  All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2022

Lead Guest Editor

Hiroshi KAWASE, Kyoto University, Japan

Guest Editors

Hideo AOCHI,  BRGM, France

Cécile CORNOU,  Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Univ. Savoie Mont Blanc, CNRS, IRD, Univ. Gustave Eiffel, ISTerre, France

Fabrice COTTON, German Research Center for Geosciences and University of Potsdam, Germany

Shinichi MATSUSHIMA, Kyoto University, Japan

Alan YONG,  U.S. Geological Survey, USA

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  1. The Yufutsu Plain, a sedimentary basin surrounded by mountains, is located in the southern part of the Ishikari–Yufutsu Lowlands, Hokkaido, Japan. The Hidaka arc–arc collision zone, located in the eastern part...

    Authors: Naofumi Nakagawa, Nobuo Takai and Michiko Shigefuji
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2023 75:42
  2. The study used data acquired by the ESG6 Blind Prediction Step BP1 Working Group for purposes of facilitating a comparison of interpretation methods for obtaining shear-wave velocity profiles (Vs) from array obse...

    Authors: Michael Asten, Aysegul Askan and Shaghayegh Karimzadeh
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2023 75:40
  3. We participated in the blind prediction exercise organized by the committee of the blind prediction experiment during the 6th International Symposium on Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion (CBP-ESG6)....

    Authors: Fumiaki Nagashima, Hiroshi Kawase, Kenichi Nakano and Eri Ito
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2023 75:35
  4. We present our pathway through participation in the blind Kumamoto exercise, particularly the Step 1 of site characterization. The combination of passive and active seismic imaging techniques is used to image ...

    Authors: E. Diego Mercerat and T. Dylan Mikesell
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2023 75:31
  5. The elastodynamic half-space Green’s function has been the subject of research for more than a century since the Lamb’s classical solution. Here, we revisit the problem and present a new closed analytical solu...

    Authors: Francisco J. Sánchez-Sesma, Francisco Luzón, Antonio García-Jerez, Mathieu Perton, Mario A. Sáenz-Castillo and César A. Sierra-Álvarez
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2023 75:29
  6. The 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes caused severe damage centering on the Mashiki residential area. The velocity waveforms at station KMMH16 in Mashiki, during the M7.3 mainshock, show large pulses. We found that sever...

    Authors: Anatoly Petukhin, Hiroshi Kawase, Fumiaki Nagashima and Eri Ito
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2023 75:16
  7. S-net is a large-scale ocean bottom (OB) network in the Japan Trench area, consisting of inline-type 150 observatories equipped with seismometers and pressure gauges. Among them, 41 observatories have been bur...

    Authors: Yadab P. Dhakal, Takashi Kunugi, Hiroaki Yamanaka, Atsushi Wakai, Shin Aoi and Azusa Nishizawa
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2023 75:1

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