Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

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Seismic Wave Propagation in Media with Complex Geometries, Simulation of

  • Heiner Igel
  • Martin Käser
  • Marco Stupazzini
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27737-5_468-2

Definition of the Subject

Seismology is the science that aims at understanding the Earth’s interior and its seismic sources from measurements of vibrations of the solid Earth. The resulting images of the physical properties of internal structures and the spatiotemporal behavior of earthquake rupture processes are prerequisites to understanding the dynamic evolution of our planet and the physics of earthquakes. One of the key ingredients to obtain these images is the calculation of synthetic (or theoretical) seismograms for given earthquake sources and internal structures. These synthetic seismograms can then be compared quantitatively with observations and acceptable models be searched for using the theory of inverse problems. The methodologies to calculate synthetic seismograms have evolved dramatically over the past decades in parallel with the evolution of computational resources and the ever-increasing volumes of permanent seismic observations in global and regional seismic...


Discontinuous Galerkin Spectral Element Tetrahedral Mesh Spectral Element Method Seismic Wave Propagation 
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We would like to acknowledge partial support toward this research from the European Union (SPICE RTN, QUEST ITN, VERCE), the German Research Foundation (Emmy Noether Programme), the Bavarian Government (KONWIHR, graduate college THESIS, BaCaTec), and MunichRe. We would also like to thank J. Tromp for supporting MS’s visit to Caltech. We also thank two anonymous reviewers for constructive comments on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heiner Igel
    • 1
  • Martin Käser
    • 1
    • 3
  • Marco Stupazzini
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesLudwig-Maximilians-UniversityMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of Structural EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  3. 3.Munich ReMunichGermany