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Seismology for non-seismologists
Convener: Koen Van Noten  | Co-Conveners: Iris van Zelst , Nienke Blom , Laura Ermert , Eva Eibl , Michaela Wenner , Thomas Lecocq , Matthew Agius , Laura Parisi , Lucia Gualtieri 
Mon, 09 Apr, 13:30–15:00

How do seismologists detect earthquakes? How do we locate them? Is seismology only about earthquakes? Seismology has been integrated into a wide variety of geo-disciplines to be complementary to many fields such as tectonics, geology, geodynamics, volcanology, hydrology, glaciology and planetology.

In this short course, dedicated to non-seismologists and particularly to early career scientists, an introduction to the basic concepts and methods in seismology will be presented. An overview will be given on various methods and processing techniques, which are applicable to investigate surface processes, near-surface geological structures and the Earth’s interior. The course will highlight the role that advanced seismological techniques can play in the co-interpretation of results from other fields.

The topics covered this year will include a demonstration of earthquake detection and location, introduction how to use free tutorials and how the Earth’s structure can be studied using earthquakes, ambient noise and seismic array instrumentation. We will also discuss the link between earthquakes and tsunamis, environmental seismology, and how felt earthquake reports can be used in earthquake communication.

We likely won’t turn you in the next Charles Richter in 90 minutes, but would rather like to make you aware how seismology can help you in geoscience. The intention is to discuss each topic in a non-technical manner, emphasizing their strengths and potential shortcomings. This course will help non-seismologists to better understand seismic results and can facilitate more enriched discussion between different scientific disciplines. The 90-minute short course is organised by early career scientist seismologists and geoscientists who will present examples from their own research experience and from high-impact reference studies for illustration. Questions from the audience on the topics covered will be highly encouraged.

Keywords: earthquakes, continuous seismic data, methodology, training, interdisciplinary