The geosciences perspective on seismic response assessment and application to risk mitigation

Guest Editors:

  • Vignaroli G. (Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna, Italy;
  • Di Giulio G. (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, sede di L'Aquila, Italy;
  • Esposito C. (Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Sapienza, Università di Roma, Rome, Italy;
  • Moscatelli M. (Istituto di Geologia Ambientale e Geoingegneria, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Area della Ricerca di Roma 1, Montelibretti, Italy;
  • Pagliaroli A. (Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Geologia, Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti – Pescara, Pescara, Italy;

Earthquake effects cause dramatic social damage in terms of deaths, injuries and homeless, as well as economic loss when they impact on human activities and infrastructures. The seismic response assessment is, therefore, an imperative step to support decision-making in territory planning and to mitigate negative consequences due to, for example, ground shaking intensity, liquefaction, and landslides. Geoscientists are continuously involved in a twofold key challenge: (i) to continue digging deeper into the understanding of factors at the origin of the seismic hazard, and (ii) to develop and improve procedures useful for applications at a scale spanning from the regional to the local one. However, a standardised and well-constrained strategy on seismic response assessment and risk mitigation is still lacking.

This Special Issue would aim to bring together the state-of-the-art of research in seismic response assessment and risk mitigation by strengthening the interaction between different geosciences skills. A geosciences perspective should aim to combine multidisciplinary and multiscale approaches and to manage heterogeneous datasets and procedures, taking advantage of the upgraded competencies in Earth Science disciplines and connected with the development of new and more precise technological instruments for environmental monitoring.

As a final goal, this Special Issue would promote a strong connection between researchers, professional individuals, and authorities involved in urban planning, land use management, emergency planning, seismic design, and post-earthquake reconstruction.
Possible topics are:

  • multidisciplinary approaches and strategies for the subsoil model assessment and seismic response in complex geological settings
  • techniques and procedures for acquisition/analysis/modelling and inversion of field or laboratory data
  • multiscale approaches on seismic response assessment
  • possible applications on, but not limited to, the microzonation procedures, the current normative on building code, the retrospective analysis.

Call for abstracts: 15 April 2021
Call for full papers: 06 June 2021