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PhD with CSC scholarship on fault mechanics

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In the last two decades, considerable observational and theoretical work has been devoted toall aspects of earthquake prediction research, for solving fundamental questions concerningthe mechanics of fault systems, as well as for answering questions regarding earthquakehazard.The european natural observatory of the Corinth Rift (, a very rapidlydeforming area (opening strain rate of ~10-6/yr) where one or more earthquakes withmagnitudes above 6 are expected in the coming decades provides a framework in which themechanics of faults can be studied in details. It is densely instrumented and provides anexceptional data base (seismological, GPS and strain data).All the prediction approches in the litterature rely on some probalistic description ofearthquake generation and timing, through empirical laws guided, or structured, bysomesimplification of the underlying physical process. This requires that relevant physical modelsand observational constraints are put at the core of any probabilistic law seismic hazardassessment. Based on numerical modeling of the CRL region with realistic rheology and faultgeometry, our objective is to constrain these key mechanical parameters by improving ourability to model the mechanics of faults in the Corinth Rift as well as their interaction

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