Directions in Strong Motion Instrumentation

  • Polat Gülkan
  • John G. Anderson
Conference proceedings

Part of the Nato Science Series: IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences book series (NAIV, volume 58)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Seismic Hazard and Extreme Motions

    1. John G. Anderson, James N. Brune, Abdolrasool Anooshehpoor, Matthew D. Purvance
      Pages 1-24
    2. Thomas C. Hanks, N.A. Abrahamson, M. Board, David M. Boore, J.N. Brune, C.A. Cornell
      Pages 55-59
  3. Engineering Uses of Strong Motion Seismograms

  4. Arrays and Observations

    1. Roger D. Borcherdt, G. Glassmoyer, C. Dietel, R.E. Westerlund
      Pages 139-155
    2. Ralph Archuleta, Jamison Steidl, Melinda Squibb
      Pages 209-222
    3. Jochen Schwarz, Clemens Ende, Dominik H. Lang
      Pages 223-239
    4. Tao Xiaxin, Zhou Zhenghua, Zhou Yongnian, Wang Haiyun
      Pages 241-254
    5. Yi-Ben Tsai, Chien-Ping Lee
      Pages 255-278
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 295-303

About these proceedings


Strong ground motion measuring and recording instruments play a major role in mitigation of seismic risk. The strong ground motion near the source of an earthquake describes the effects that endanger our built environment, and is also the most detailed clue concerning the source mechanism of the earthquake. The range of complexity that engulfs our understanding of the source parameters of a major earthquake (extent of the source mechanism, stress drop, wave propagation patterns) and how buildings and other works of construction respond to ground-transmitted dynamic effects may be overpowered by improved direct observations. Strong motion seismographs provide the information that enables scientists and engineers to resolve the many issues that are intertwined with practical problems of building safe communities worldwide. They may be installed as arrays close to major fault zones, consisting of many instruments arranged in some geometrical pattern, or in the vicinity and mounted on buildings.

This book, which contains papers by invited authorities, represents a unique interaction between seismologists and earthquake engineers who examine issues of mutual concern in an overlapping area of major interest. The papers have been grouped around three major areas.
-Seismic Hazard and Extreme Motions
-Engineering Uses of Strong Motion Seismograms
-Arrays and Observations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Polat Gülkan
    • 1
  • John G. Anderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering & Disaster Management Research Ctr.Middle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Nevada Seismological LaboratoryUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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