Seminar with Dr Yucang Wang

ACCS Weekly Meeting - Guest Speaker

Place: Room 621/622, GP South (Building 78)
Time: Thursday 22 March 2007 10:30 Morning Tea, 11:00am Seminar

Speaker: Dr Yucang Wang, Earth System Science Computational Centre (ESSCC), The University of Queensland (

Title: Earthquake as a complex phenomenon: Some recent developments about earthquake occurrence, modelling and forecasting

Earthquakes are complex phenomena that result from the coupled interaction of several fundamental physical and chemical processes. Till now, earthquake forecast is still a very difficult scientific problem because earthquake process covers a vast range of spatial- and temporal scales, a lot of non-linear process are involved, and boundary and initial conditions are difficult to determine. I am going to talk about some basic observational facts about earthquakes, such as earthquake size distribution and aftershock distribution. Some recent theoretical approaches and forecast methods about earthquake occurrence and forecast such as stress triggering, Self-Organized Critical models, Accelerating Energy Release and Load/Unload Response Ratio are also going to be discussed.

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