Seismicity Induced by Human Technological Activities and the Related Seismic Hazard
Brief Description

The Seismicity Induced by Human Technological Activities and the Related Seismic Hazard Course provides an in-depth understanding of seismicity associated with geo-resource exploitation. Delegates will learn about various technologies used in geo-resource exploitation that may induce seismicity, and the mechanisms of interaction between these technologies and rock formations. The course will help delegates identify whether an earthquake is induced, triggered, or natural, by determining the necessary conditions. Delegates will also gain knowledge of the critical properties of anthropogenic seismicity and learn about scientific tools used to assess the associated hazards. Additionally, the course covers international collaborative research into anthropogenic seismicity and data typically used in seismological studies. By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with seismic catalogues and monitoring, and will understand how to use standard catalogues in seismic hazard analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Attendance of this course will provide the delegate with a focused introduction and overview of anthropogenic seismicity both in South Africa and internationally. The delegate will be exposed to the process of recording events through to the calculation and interpretation of the associated seismic hazard.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between natural and anthropogenic earthquakes, and be able to identify the causes of each.
  • Analyse seismic observations and estimate parameters of the seismic source, such as ground motion parameters.
  • Evaluate the impact of earthquakes on ground motion and damage, and predict ground motion using ground motion prediction equations.
  • Understand the public perception of the seismic natural and anthropogenic seismic hazard, and the socio-economic impact of seismicity induced by the exploitation of geo-resources.
  • Explain the relation between anthropogenic seismicity and the inducing technological processes.
  • Assess, interpret, and mitigate seismic hazard, including time-independent and time-dependent cases.
  • Understand social seismic hazard and its mitigation.
  • Participate in collaborative undertakings for research into anthropogenic seismicity.

Throughout the course, the delegate will also be exposed to the novel e-research infrastructure IS-EPOS Platform (tcs.ah-epos.eu). The EPOS and EPISODES platforms connect international, open-source grouped datasets with an extended set of embedded applications for effective data processing, analyses and visualisation.

Course Content

During this course, the following topics will be covered:

  • The phenomenon of an earthquake. Natural and anthropogenic earthquakes.
  • Overview of anthropogenic seismicity.
  • Causes of natural and anthropogenic seismicity.
  • Natural and anthropogenic seismicity in similar areas as South Africa (e.g. Brazil).
  • Seismic observations.
  • Parameters of the seismic source. Parameter estimation.
  • Impact of earthquakes I. Ground motion. Ground motion monitoring. Ground motion parameters. Ground motion prediction equations.
  • Impact of earthquakes II. Damage. Intensity scales.
  • Public perception of the seismic natural and anthropogenic seismic hazard. Socio-economic impact of seismicity induced by exploitation of geo-resources.
  • Relation between anthropogenic seismicity and the inducing technological processes.
  • Seismic hazard. Time-independent and time-dependent cases. Assessment, interpretation, and mitigation.
  • Social seismic hazard and its mitigation.
  • Collaborative undertakings for research into anthropogenic seismicity

Most of the above topics involve hands-on activities using the EPISODES platform EPOS Thematic Core Service Anthropogenic Hazards

Entry Requirements

Basic knowledge of geology and geophysics

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Environmental Management and Geophysics
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Professionals such as Statisticians, GIS experts, Public health researchers and analysts, Transportation planners and analysts, Environmental scientists and analysts, Real estate analysts, Agricultural scientists and researchers, Civil engineers and infrastructure planners, Emergency response and disaster management professionals and appraisers, Business analysts, Retail/ Marketing consultants, Location-based services practitioners; and academics and students with basic knowledge of statistics and who would like to develop their spatial statistics skills for research or industry purposes.   
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