Journal of Seismology

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 571–572 | Cite as


  • Heiner Igel
  • Johana Brokesova
  • John Evans
  • Zbigniew Zembaty

Seismology is no longer based only on the analysis of observations made with classical seismometers measuring translational motions or their time derivatives. More and more observables like strain, rotations, GPS-based measurements and others are used to constrain either the Earth’s structure or to understand the nature of seismic sources and observed ground shaking. This special issue focuses on recent developments in the area of rotational seismology and engineering applications.

The analysis of rotational ground motions has recently emerged as a new branch in seismology and earthquake engineering. It does not seem to be common, seismological knowledge that particularly at the Earth’s surface, with (almost any) translational ground motion there is an associated rotational ground motion as well. This has several implications: (1) depending on frequency and amplitude range translational seismometer records are contaminated by rotational motions; (2) when both motion types (or...


Ground Motion Rotational Motion Seismic Source Earthquake Engineering Seismic Noise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heiner Igel
    • 1
  • Johana Brokesova
    • 2
  • John Evans
    • 3
  • Zbigniew Zembaty
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles University, PraguePrague 8Czech Republic
  3. 3.U.S. Geological SurveyMenlo ParkUSA
  4. 4.Faculty of Civil EngineeringOpole University of Technology (OUTech)OpolePoland

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