PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR SEISMIC SITE CHARACTERIZATION: A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT BY THE “MIDDLE AMERICA” SEISMOLOGICAL COMMUNITY
A Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) will be convened in Santo Domingo, DR in July 2013 to study, apply, and assess modern strategies for earthquake hazard analysis with a focus on techniques for seismic site characterization. The PASI will include lectures, demonstrations, data acquisition in the city of Santo Domingo, data analysis in a laboratory, and a round-table discussion of future research directions and projects. The Institute, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation as a project of the IRIS Consortium and the Alliance for Middle America Seismology/Alianza Mesoamericana de Sismología (ALMAS), builds on a workshop held in Heredia, Costa Rica in October 2010 called Geophysical Hazards and Plate Boundary Processes in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean: A Workshop to Build Seismological Collaboration and Capacity. Early-career scientists and engineers from across the Americas are invited to apply to attend the PASI (and eleven-day workshop). This presentation will discuss the goals and strategies of the PASI and invite discussion that will aid in the workshop’s planning, as well as contributions aimed at generating the next “Middle America” seismology community event.