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  Information - IS63 - TS5/SM26 Earthquake geology (co-organized by TS & SM)

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Earthquakes are complex natural phenomena that can be studied from different perspectives and using a variety of methods. Among the different methods, the investigation of the geological characteristics and effects of earthquakes is of primary importance for seismic hazard assessment, which requires the interplay of different disciplines and expertises. With this respect, geological investigations examine a larger time window than seismological studies and are capable of detecting and studying the cumulative effects of many earthquakes occurred in an area over very long periods. Indeed, linear and areal "morphogenic earthquakes" leave on the surface permanent features that contribute to shape the landscape. Geological investigations can detect, measure and study such features even several years after they were formed by earthquakes. With geological studies, crucial information can be obtained for regions where instrumental seismic records or detailed historical seismological information are not available, but that generated destructive earthquakes in the past and may generate similar events in the future. Geological approaches to the investigation of past earthquakes are fundamental to contribute to determine or to infer important parameters for seismic hazard assessment, including the maximum expected magnitude, the return period for a given magnitude and the mean slip-rate. In this session, we welcome contributions describing and critically discussing geological aspects of earthquakes and seismogenic faults. We are particularly interested in research papers based on morphotectonic and palaeoseismological investigations, as well as on seismotectonic studies, structural geology and remote sensing analyses of active regions. Papers dealing with new and innovative methodological or multidisciplinary approaches are especially welcomed. We look forward to a lively and cross-disciplinary programme that will bring together a broad range of expertises to discuss on the crucial contribution of geological disciplines to the investigation of earthquakes and to seismic hazard assessment.

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