Young Seismologist Training Course (YSTC) Programme

Historical Earthquake Data in Seismology Practice
31 August - 4 September 2020
Corfu, Greece

Christa Hammerl (ZAMG, Vienna), Andrea Rovida (INGV, Milano), coordinators of the ESC Working Group “Archive of historical earthquake data for the European-Mediterranean area"; Paola Albini (INGV, Milano), co-coordinator of the IASPEI Working Group “Historical Seismology”

Day 1: Monday, 31 August (full day)

  • Opening and Welcome from the LOC and the Coordinators of the YSTC
  • Data and Research Methods in Historical Seismology, today
- Data Collection in written documents
- Observation points
- Validation of primary observations
- Historical Tsunamis in a Global Perspective

Lecturers: P. Albini, Ch. Hammerl, K. Satake

Tutorials/hands-on activity:
- Case histories

Day 2: Tuesday, 1 September (full day)

  • From Written Records to Intensity Data to Earthquake Parameters
- Macroseismic scales, theory and practice on pre-instrumental earthquakes
- From observation to intensity data, including uncertainty
- From intensity data to earthquake parameters, including uncertainty

Lecturers: P. Albini, Ch. Hammerl, A. Rovida

Tutorials/hands-on activity:
- Case histories (e.g. assigning intensity in EMS98, …)

Day 3: Wednesday, 2 September (morning)

  • Background and Backstage of International Historical Earthquake Research
Lectures (only)
- Mission and organization of the European Seismological Commission
- History and legacy of national and international seismological associations in the pre-instrumental period
- The role of the ESC Working Group “Historical Seismology” in building cross-border historical earthquake research in Europe

Lecturers: P. Mäntyniemi, Ch. Hammerl, I. Cecic

  • Corfu in History: A walking tour

Day 4: Thursday, 3 September (full day)

  • Storing and Rendering the Pre-Instrumental Earthquake Data in Databases and Catalogues
- Arrange and classify earthquake data according to their characteristics and background
- Earthquake parameters in a catalog format
- Different ways of data rendering: intensity maps, shake maps, and so on

Lecturers: P. Albini, A. Rovida, M. Locati

Tutorials/hands-on activity
- Access and guided tour of national and European and global databases and catalogues

Day 5: Friday, 4 September (full day)

  • Historical and Pre-instrumental Earthquake Data in Seismology Practice
Lectures (only)
- Historical Earthquake Data and Citizen Science: The Japanese experience
- Old seismic bulletins to 1920: a collective heritage
- Historical and Pre-instrumental Earthquake Data as ingredients of Seismic Hazard Assessment
- Data completeness
- Site specific seismic hazard

Lecturers: A. Rovida, D. Albarello, J. Schweitzer, Y. Kano

Closing of the Course: Open Discussion, Take-home Messages
All the lecturers and the participants