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PhD Position on Marmara Sea Earthquake Simulation Model - MEMO

05.07.2017 - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam (Germany)

Section 2.6 "Seismic Hazard and Stress Field" of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam offers a PhD Position on "Marmara Sea Earthquake Simulation Model - MEMO".

Recent dramatic events such as the Tohoku earthquake in 2011 have demonstrated that we are only at the beginning in under-standing how faults behave. In the next decade, we will need to merge geological, geodetic and seismological information to better constrain future earthquake scenarios which will be shaking mega-cities located to major active faults. That requires more detailed investigation of near-field and directivity effects as well as the assessment of individual earthquake scenarios taking into account fault segmentation and rupture propagation.

The overall goal of the PhD is to address such scientific question for the Main Marmara fault located close to the megacity of Istanbul. Based on the 3D stress evolution model of Hergert and Heidbach (2011, earthquake scenarios should be simulated and associated ground-shaking in a second step.

With this model key questions about the nature of the earthquake process in the Marmara Sea should be investigated in order to address question like: Is there a creeping segment in the seismic gap south of Istanbul? Can the hypocenter location be determined in a probabilistic way using the modelled stress field?

Application deadline: 22. July 2017

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