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Crustal deformation and Earthquakes

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Please note that this is a Mechanics Colloquia

Space techniques (GPS, optical and radar remote sensing) have revolutionized our ability to monitor geological processes, opening new avenues to investigate the related mechanisms and develop quantitative models. In this talk I will introduce some of the methods we use in that effect and provide a brief overview of some earth science questions which can be addressed with those techniques. I’ll focus more specifically on questions related to earthquake hazard such as: what determines the seismic potential of a faults system? or what fraction of geodetic strain is elastic strain to be released in future earthquakes? This will lead to discussing various seismic and aseismic deformation mechanisms and how they depend on the rocks characteristics, fluids or temperature.

This talk is part of the Engineering - Mechanics and Materials Seminar Series series.

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