Theoretical Seismology

IUSS Pavia
ES - Engineering Seismology
Spring 2011
Date (from - to):
07/02/2011 – 04/03/2011

Motivations: to introduce the fundamental equations underlying the main theoretical and numerical approaches used in seismology.

Goals: to provide basic knowledge on mathematical and physical background on quantitative seismology.

Ambitions: to contribute in educating a new generation of engineering seismologists to collaborate with geophysicists and seismologists.

  • Class 1: General Introduction to the Course, Mathematical tools, Elements of mechanics, Practice
  • Class 2: Waves and Vibrations, Practice, Plane Waves, Practice
  • Class 3, Basic theorems and Source representation, Practice, Fundamental solutions, Practice
  • Class 4, Earthquake source kinematics: source parameterization & Green's functions, Seismic wave propagation: Asymptotic Ray theory, Practice
  • Class 5, The Eikonal equation, the Snell's law, reflection and transmission coefficients, Body waves in media with depth dependent properties, Practice
  • Class 6, Focal mechanisms from polarity data and waveform modeling, Anelastic attenuation, Practice
  • Class 7, Source parameters and Earthquakes statistics, Rupture directivity & source time functions, Practice
  • Class 8, Synthetic seismograms, Source spectra & radiated energy, Practice
  • Class 9, Peak ground motion & scaling relations, Ground motion prediction
  • Class 10, Spherical waves as sum of plane waves, Practice, Lamb's problem and Cagniard solution, Practice
  • Class 11, Surface waves and Haskell-Thompson propagator matrix, Practice, Dispersion, group and phase velocities, Practice
  • Class 12, The seismic source; dynamics, Practice, The seismic source; fault mechanics and models, Practice
  • Class 13, Revisiting previous lessons and exercise, Practice

Suggested readings:

Aki and Richards Quantitative Seismology Stein S. and M. Wysession, An Introduction to Seismology, earthquakes and Earth structure Graff, K.F., Wave motion in elastic solids