Earthquake Source Dynamics:
Data and Data-constrained Numerical Modeling

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June 27 - July 1, 2010
Smolenice Castle, Slovakia

General Information


Numerical modeling of seismic waves and rupture propagation has become an essential tool for investigating earthquake physics. The link between predictions from the numerical modeling and the data resulting from real earthquakes must be strengthened. Observations of natural faults and faulting that emerge from geological and seismological studies as well as those from laboratory tests open new questions and point out new challenges. A primary task is to reconcile these observations with physical models of the earthquake source.
    The purpose of the workshop is to bring together the various researchers from the Americas, Asia and Europe who use numerical simulations to investigate dynamics of earthquake ruptures as well as those who have used data to infer the nature of earthquake ruptures. While not mutually exclusive, the union of the two sets of investigators is certainly greater than the intersection. A fundamental question that looms over both sets of investigators is what can the data (seismic, geodetic, geologic, laboratory) tell us about the rupture dynamics? Similarly, what predictions from different physical descriptions of rupture dynamics are observable?
    In this workshop we want to address these questions so that we optimize our strategies for narrowing in on the observations that make a difference and modeling approaches that make predictions that can be tested. The three days of talks and discussion will cover a full range of topics related to earthquake dynamics and data.


Contributions addressing the following topics are encouraged:
   • Laboratory, field and observational data constraining earthquake rupture dynamics
   • Data-constrained numerical modeling of earthquake rupture
   • Fault zone structure and rheology (observations and models)
   • Earthquake initiation
   • Earthquake rupture history
   • Constitutive laws for dynamic fault weakening
   • Dynamics of small and large earthquakes
   • Energy budget and seismic radiation
   • Earthquake and fault interactions
   • Heterogeneities and complexities in fault and earthquake mechanics
   • Numerical representation of fault conditions
Numerical methods comprising both rupture and seismic wave propagation in realistic models

Steering Committee
Ralph J.
Archuleta, Chairman
University of California at Santa Barbara,
Santa Barbara, USA
Michel Bouchon Université Joseph Fourier,
Grenoble, France
Massimo Cocco Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia,
Rome, Italy
Eiichi Fukuyama National Research Institute for Earth Science
and Disaster Prevention, Tsukuba, Japan
Nadia Lapusta California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, USA
Ruth A. Harris Unites States Geological Survey,
Menlo Park, USA
Martin Mai King Abdullah University of Science
and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Comenius University Bratislava
and   Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

Local Organizing Committee

Peter Moczo (Chairman), Jozef Kristek, Miriam Kristeková, Lucia Fojtíková, Andrej Cipciar,
Peter Franek, Martin Gális, Peter Pažák, Erik Bystrický

Workshop Venue

The venue is the Smolenice Castle near Bratislava, Slovakia (50 km from downtown Bratislava, i.e., approximately 1 hour drive). The Castle, owned by the Slovak Academy of Sciences, was converted into a unique conference center. Because of its very nice setting, picturesque architecture, history-evoking interior and pleasant atmosphere, the Castle is a very popular conference venue.
The full capacity of the Castle is 80 participants. Additional accommodation capacity is available very near the Castle.

Maps showing location of the Smolenice Castle and color photos of the Castle are available.

GPS coordinates of Smolenice Castle : N48°30'47.1'' E17°25'54.15''

Information about Bratislava : Bratislava Guide Service

Host Organizations

Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University Bratislava


Geophysical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Dates of the Workshop

Arrival at the Castle:



Workshop Sessions: June 28 – 30 2010 (Monday - Wednesday)
Departure from the Castle: July 1 2010 (Thursday)

Participants may conveniently use the Bratislava Airport or Vienna International Airport (Austria), which is located only 46 km from Bratislava.
There is at least one bus connection each hour from the Vienna airport to the Bratislava central bus station Mlynske Nivy (Autobusova stanica Mlynske Nivy). The bus stop at the airport is located directly in front of the arrival hall (less than 50 m from the arrival gate). For more details see:
   •    Slovaklines - online booking
   •    Blaguss - timetable

     Alternatively participants may arrive in Vienna Railway Station (Südbanhof or Westbanhof). The participants may use one of many train connections from Vienna to Bratislava.
Transportation from Bratislava to the Smolenice Castle will be organized.
The bus pick-up places in Bratislava:
   •    Autobusova stanica Mlynske Nivy (central bus station Mlynske Nivy)
   •    Bratislava hlavna stanica (central railway station)
   •    Bratislava Petrzalka (Petrzalka railway station)
   •    Letisko Bratislava (the M. R. Stefanik Airport Bratislava, BTS)

     Participants preferring individual transportation to the Smolenice Castle will be provided with detailed information on how to reach the Castle.

Workshop Secretariat

Lucia   Fojtíková,   Andrej   Cipciar,   Miriam   Kristeková
Geophysical Institute
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Dubravska cesta 9
845 28   Bratislava
Phone: +421 2 5941 0610, +421 2 5941 0611, +421 2 5477 5280
Fax: +421 2 5941 0607