Seismic hazards characterization and mitigation

Seismic hazards characterization and mitigation 

Considering the long history of human occupation and risk management in the Mediterranean regions, the RISKMED project is interested in proposing a common framework to discuss shared issues around the management, mitigation and adaptation to different types of natural risks faced by Mediterranean communities – i.e. earthquakes, marine submersions, landslides, erosion, floods, etc. through four tasks (T). The first task (T1) proposes to develop a common reflection around risk as social knowledge, central to risk management and adaptation in Mediterranean regions. In close relation with the first integrative task, the three other tasks will feed in this common reference frame through analysing issues more specifically related with the risk of marine submersion (T2); of earthquakes (T3); and how the understanding of different Moroccan stakeholder groups can be shared around a common frame for the reinforcement of local governance and adaptation to a variety of risks (T4).

In the RISKMED project, my specific contribution concerns the Task 3 (earthquakes). We will study two targeted regions located in central Italy and in western Turkey that have experienced catastrophic earthquakes less than 10 years ago for Italy, but more than 50 years ago, for western Turkey. The objectives are twofold:

  • to improve our understanding on the slip-size, frequency and dynamics of the earthquakes in the Mediterranean area and better characterize the seismic hazard that derives from fault ruptures.
  • to design a methodology to build relevant information on seismic risk, based on the state- of-the-art scientific knowledge on seismic hazard, local knowledge and people’s perception of this risk.