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PhD program supported by China Scholarship Council CSC PhD Research Projects for 2016

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In the last two decades, considerable observational and theoretical work has been devoted to all aspects of earthquake prediction research, for solving fundamental questions concerning the mechanics of fault systems, as well as for answering questions regarding earthquake hazard.The european natural observatory of the Corinth Rift (, a very rapidly deforming area (opening strain rate of ~10-6/yr) where one or more earthquakes with magnitudes above 6 are expected in the coming decades provides a framework in which the mechanics of faults can be studied in details. It is densely instrumented and provides an

 exceptional data base (seismological, GPS and strain data).

All the prediction approches in the litterature rely on some probalistic description of earthquake generation and timing, through empirical laws guided, or structured, by some simplification of the underlying physical process. This requires that relevant physical models and observational constraints are put at the core of any probabilistic law seismic-hazard assessment. Based on numerical modeling of the CRL region with realistic rheology and fault geometry, our objective is to constrain these key mechanical parameters by improving our ability to model the mechanics of faults in the Corinth Rift as well as their interactions.


This program is open to highly qualified Chinese students interested in carrying on doctoral training at ParisTech with financial support of the CSC.

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