Testing Earthquake Source Inversion Methodologies

by Morgan Page, P. Martin Mai, Danijel Schorlemmer
Year: 2011

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EOS. March 2011, Vol. 92, Issue 9, Pages 75-75.


[1] Source Inversion Validation Workshop; Palm Springs, California, 11–12 September 2010; Nowadays earthquake source inversions are routinely performed after large earthquakes and represent a key connection between recorded seismic and geodetic data and the complex rupture process at depth. The resulting earthquake source models quantify the spatiotemporal evolution of ruptures. They are also used to provide a rapid assessment of the severity of an earthquake and to estimate losses. However, because of uncertainties in the data, assumed fault geometry and velocity structure, and chosen rupture parameterization, it is not clear which features of these source models are robust. Improved understanding of the uncertainty and reliability of earthquake source inversions will allow the scientific community to use the robust features of kinematic inversions to more thoroughly investigate the complexity of the rupture process and to better constrain other earthquake‐related computations, such as ground motion simulations and static stress change calculations.