Proceedings of the 9th U.S.-Japan natural resources panel for earthquake research

Open-File Report 2014-1250
Edited by: Shane T. Detweiler and William L. Ellsworth




The UJNR Panel on Earthquake Research promotes advanced study toward a more fundamental understanding of the earthquake process and hazard estimation. The Ninth Joint meeting was extremely beneficial in furthering cooperation and deepening understanding of problems common to both the U.S. and Japan. The meeting included productive exchanges of information on approaches to systematic observation and modeling of earthquake processes. Regarding the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, the Panel recognizes that further efforts are necessary to achieve our common goal of reducing earthquake risk through close collaboration and focused discussions at the 10th UJNR meeting. We look forward to continued cooperation on issues involving the densification of observation networks and the open exchange of data among scientific communities. We recognize the importance of making information publicly available in a timely manner. We also recognize the importance of information exchange on research policy and strategies, including the frameworks of research organizations.

Areas of Cooperation

–Specific areas of earthquake research where cooperative research between the U.S. and Japan may lead to significant advancement include, but are not limited to:

–Probabilistic earthquake and tsunami hazard estimation, including extraordinarily large earthquakes, both in our respective countries and worldwide, incorporating knowledge of current and past behavior, and physics based computational models;

–Real-time information from seismic, geodetic and strain measurements, including borehole strainmeters and seafloor observations using offshore cabled networks;

–Technologies for measuring crustal deformation;

–Early warning technologies for earthquakes and tsunamis; Studies of recurrence of large and extraordinary large earthquakes using paleoseismic, paleotsunami, geodetic and seismic methods;

–Laboratory, theoretical and in situ studies of fault-zone processes;

–Studies of episodic tremor and slow slip events using seismic, geodetic, and borehole strain measurements, and simulation techniques;

–Systematic studies of earthquake predictability through rigorously evaluated scientific prediction experiments and robust databases;

–Studies of near-source ground motions, geological effects and the response of engineered structures.

The Panel strongly urges that the appropriate agencies in the U.S. and Japan that are represented on this panel work together with the academic sector to support and coordinate scientific work in these areas of cooperation. The Panel recognizes the importance of promoting the exchange of scientific personnel, exchange of data, and fundamental studies to advance progress in earthquake research. The U.S. and Japan should promote these exchanges throughout the world. The Panel endorses continuation of these activities.

Study Area

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Proceedings of the 9th U.S.-Japan natural resources panel for earthquake research
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2014-1250
DOI 10.3133/ofr20141250
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description iv, 89 p.
Conference Title 9th U.S.-Japan Natural Resources Panel for Earthquake Research
Conference Location Denver, CO
Conference Date October 9-12, 2012
Country Japan, United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N