Elements of a Quantitative Archaeoseismological Study
Earthquakes cause ground motions and ground motions can cause damage to engineered structures. Engineering seismology’s main goal is to design structures that withstand such ground motions with the primary goal to prevent casualties. Given that the seismic source and the travel path parameters are known, models for simulating ground motions can be constructed in order to help quantifying damage scenarios. In practice often statistical measures of ground motions are used to define the potential dynamic input. By applying a variety of models, the dynamic behavior and capacity of engineered structures can be calculated and their design adapted to meet the earthquake challenges.
Klaus-G. Hinzen ist Professor für Erdbebengeologie und Archäo-Seismologie an der Universität zu Köln und Leiter der Erdbeben-Station Bensberg. Derzeit ist er Visiting Fellow am CAS.