The IGCP-659 Project: SEISMOSHAF
The new IGCP-659 Project (Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment in Africa) SEISMOSHAF has been launched in February 2018. Seismotectonic studies are necessary for seismic hazard assessment and earthquake risk mitigation in Africa. Seismic risk is increasing sharply, due to rapid population growth and urbanization. Accurate seismic hazard and risk assessment at a regional scale requires the identification and characterization of major seismic sources. In this project, the preparation of thematic maps in seismotectonics, earthquake hazard and risk assessment including seismic scenarios for some of the major cities on the continent constitute an important objective necessary for the social and economic development of Africa. The activities to be developed in the project address the application of advanced methodologies for the seismic hazard evaluation and its impact on densely populated territories of Africa.
The IGCP-659 Project SEISMOSHAF project primary objective is…
1) to update the database developed in the previous IGCP-601 project on the Seismotectonic Map of Africa, and
2) improve regional seismotectonic maps for application in a multidisciplinary approach to the seismic hazard and risk assessments.
The project will also explore the feasibility for the real-time seismic risk mitigation, such as Early Earthquake Warning Systems (EEWS) in selected pilot-sites. The transfer of knowledge and training is also an important aspect of the project, which will enable similar studies at local scale.
The IGCP-659 working group plans meetings, workshops and training schools in cooperation with:
The African Seismological Commission and related General Assembly in Kasane – Botswana (6 – 10 September 2021)
The Working Group of European Geoscientists for the Establishment of Networks for Earth-science Research – 20th WEGENER General Assembly in Marrakech – Morocco (25 – 29 October 2021) : https://wegener2021.sciencesconf.org/