Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 311–339 | Cite as

Reference database for seismic ground-motion in Europe (RESORCE)

  • S. AkkarEmail author
  • M. A. Sandıkkaya
  • M. Şenyurt
  • A. Azari Sisi
  • B. Ö. Ay
  • P. Traversa
  • J. Douglas
  • F. Cotton
  • L. Luzi
  • B. Hernandez
  • S. Godey
Original Research Paper


This paper presents the overall procedure followed in order to assemble the most recent pan-European strong-motion databank: Reference Database for Seismic Ground-Motion in Europe (RESORCE). RESORCE is one of the products of the SeIsmic Ground Motion Assessment (SIGMA; project. RESORCE is intended to be a single integrated accelerometric databank for Europe and surrounding areas for use in the development and testing of ground-motion models and for other engineering seismology and earthquake engineering applications. RESORCE aims to contribute to the improvement of earthquake risk studies in Europe and surrounding areas. RESORCE principally updates and extends the previous pan-European strong-motion databank (Ambraseys et al. in Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata 45:113–129, 2004a) with recently compiled Greek, Italian, Swiss and Turkish accelerometric archives. The updates also include earthquake-specific studies published in recent years. The current content of RESORCE includes 5,882 multi-component and uniformly processed accelerograms from 1,814 events and 1,540 strong-motion stations. The moment magnitude range covered by RESORCE is \(2.8 \le \hbox {M}_{\mathrm{w}} \le 7.8\). The source-to-site distance interval extends to 587 km and distance information is given by the common point- and extended-source distance measures. The paper presents the current features of RESORCE through simple statistics that also quantify the differences in metadata and strong-motion processing with respect to the previous version of the pan-European strong-motion databank.


Pan-European strong-motion databank Strong-motion data processing Earthquake and strong-motion station metadata compilation 



The strong-motion databank presented in this paper has been developed within the SeIsmic Ground Motion Assessment (SIGMA) project. The SIGMA project is funded and supported by EDF, AREVA, CEA and ENEL. The initial phase of the study used the SHARE strong-motion databank that is one of the deliverables of the SHARE (Seismic Hazard Harmonization in Europe) Project funded under contract 226967 of the EC-Research Framework Programme FP7. The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey provided financial support to the 2nd author for conducting some part of his doctoral studies in France. The authors benefitted significantly from the suggestions and comments of two anonymous reviewers for their comments for improving the quality of the article. The authors would like thank Mr. Ozkan Kale and Mr. Saeed Moghimi for their support during the data processing stage of RESORCE. The manuscript is revised thoroughly by Prof. Tanvir Wasti.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Akkar
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. A. Sandıkkaya
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Şenyurt
    • 3
  • A. Azari Sisi
    • 1
  • B. Ö. Ay
    • 1
    • 4
  • P. Traversa
    • 5
  • J. Douglas
    • 6
  • F. Cotton
    • 2
  • L. Luzi
    • 7
  • B. Hernandez
    • 8
  • S. Godey
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research CenterMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre)Universite de Grenoble GrenobleFrance
  3. 3.Kalyon İnşaatIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering PaviaItaly
  5. 5.CEIDRE-TEGGElectricité de France (EDF) Aix-en-ProvenceFrance
  6. 6.DRP/RSVBureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minères (BRGM)OrléansFrance
  7. 7.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) MilanoItaly
  8. 8.Laboratoire de detection et de GéophysiqueCEA, DAM, DIF ArpajonFrance
  9. 9.Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centrec/o CEA DAM, DIF ArpajonFrance

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