Home Objectives

The main objectives of the proposed project can be summarized as follows:

  1. Compiling and integrating the available strong ground motion data recorded by the improved seismic networks during BSHAP or previously occurred earthquakes using the outputs of earlier scientific projects.
  2. Improving the BSHAP earthquake catalogue by adding unified earthquake metadata such as magnitude, depth, and style-of-faulting information and site characterization of selected strong ground motion recording stations.
  3. Selecting and implementing proper ground motion prediction equations for the probabilistic seismic hazard assessment by comparing the compiled strong ground motion data with available global, European, Euro-Med, and regional ground motion prediction models.
  4. Encouraging the use of collected strong ground motion database for the end users and international earthquake research communities by realizing improved multi-lateral data exchange protocols and publishing the major project findings in an open-to-public web portal.
  5. Collecting the available information on seismotectonical source characterization of faults and background zones in the Geological Information Systems (GIS) framework with the help of BHSAP and other scientific project outputs. Providing expertise to the participants for implementing the seismic source characterization as the input of probabilistic seismic hazard assessment framework.
  6. Improving the seismic hazard maps of the region using the project end products (seismotectonic and acceleometric database) and state-of-the art seismic hazard assessment methods.
  7. Establishing active scientific collaboration and exchange of information between the participating countries and scientific communities all around the world.
  8. Training of future-promising young scientists in earthquake-hazard related topics by conducting group meetings, workshops and training seminars.

The essential purpose of this project is to provide reliable seismic hazard maps for the region which would be an important step towards the seismic safety improvement of existing infrastructure and seismic risk management of critical facilities. This accomplishment is compatible with the security mission of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme.