The nation's coastlines are vulnerable to the interrelated hazards posed by earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis. In the marine environment these events often occur in concert, and distant triggers can cause severe local effects, making the issue global in scope. As the population continues to migrate toward the coastlines, the social impacts of these hazards are expected to grow. Products are aimed for use in regional multi-hazard assessments, and might range from complete assessments to analysis tools, interpreted data, or models. We are interacting with groups tasked with making formal hazard assessments and have provided products needed by them in a timely manner (e.g., Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities (WGCEP)). These collaborations will continue to be a major guiding influence, and we plan to maintain research flexibility needed for proper response as necessary. As such, the task is defined thematically. The larger community will help to establish guidelines on regions in which we will we work.
The Coastal and Marine Geology geoengineering group investigates the causes of ground deformation and ground failures—such as landslides and liquefaction—that result from earthquakes, storms, and wave action.
This site provides general information about how earthquakes generate tsunamis, as well as descriptions and animations of historical tsunamis, virtual reality models showing how tsunamis change as they approach and bounce off coastlines, and summaries of past fieldwork in areas struck by major tsunamis.
We work closely with scientists in the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, with the goal of providing relevant scientific information to reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage from earthquakes.
We collaborate with groups that make formal hazard assessments, such as the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities (WGCEP), providing and evaluating the latest scientific information. This site presents the most recent collaborative earthquake forecasts for all of California.
Introduction to “Global Tsunami Science: Past and Future, Volume III” — Pure and Applied Geophysics v. 175, 2018
Determining on-fault earthquake magnitude distributions from integer programming — Computers & Geosciences v. 111, 2018
Testing Earthquake Links in Mexico From 1978 to the 2017 M = 8.1 Chiapas and M = 7.1 Puebla Shocks — Geophysical Research Letters v. 45, 2018
Tsunamis: Bayesian Probabilistic Analysis — Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2017
From coseismic offsets to fault-block mountains — Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) v. 114, 2017
Nucleation speed limit on remote fluid-induced earthquakes — Science Advances v. 3, 2017
Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Analysis: Multiple Sources and Global Applications — Reviews of Geophysics v. 55, 2017
Introduction to “Global Tsunami Science: Past and Future, Volume II” — Pure and Applied Geophysics v. 174, 2017
Seismic velocity site characterization of 10 Arizona strong-motion recording stations by spectral analysis of surface wave dispersion — USGS Open-File Report 2016-1208, 2017
A Synoptic View of the Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3) — Seismological Research Letters v.88, 2017
Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide — USGS Fact Sheet 2017-3024, 2017
Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide — U.S. Geological Survey subduction zone science plan — U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1428, 2017
Tsunamis: Bayesian Probabilistic Analysis — Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science, 2017
A physics-based earthquake simulator and its application to seismic hazard assessment in Calabria (Southern Italy) region — Acta Geophysica v.65, 2017