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DYNAMITE: Dynamic Nankai Trough (Japan) and Swiss Molasse Basin: Investigating NeoTectonics, Paleo-Earthquakes and associated Geohazards

English title DYNAMITE: Dynamic Nankai Trough (Japan) and Swiss Molasse Basin: Investigating NeoTectonics, Paleo-Earthquakes and associated Geohazards
Applicant Strasser Michael
Number 133481
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Institut für Geophysik ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Geology
Start/End 01.10.2011 - 31.12.2016
Approved amount 1'592'158.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Geology
Other disciplines of Earth Sciences
Geophysics

Keywords (11)

Neo-tectonics; Paleo-seismology; Geo-hazards; Submarine Landslides; Slope Stability; Subduction Margin; Swiss Lakes; Seismic Stratigraphy; Ocean Drilling; Limnogeology; Geotechnics

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

This research program will investigate the geological record of earthquake-triggered subaquatic sediment instabilities in marine and lacustrine sedimentary archives to quantitatively constrain recent tectonic activity and paleoseismicity along subduction zones and in Switzerland.  With increasing awareness of geohazards from seismic tremors, landslides and tsunamis, such geological archives are gaining importance. They allow for studying the underlying processes of geologically-preserved events, the reoccurrence of which in a given area may pose considerable risk to offshore and onshore infrastructures, facilities and communities in the near future.

To achieve these research goals, the latest generation of geophysical surveying methods, scientific offshore drilling, state-of-the-art core analysis, and in-situ and laboratory geotechnical testing will be used for 3D-imaging of sedimentary archives, sampling and dating critical structures and quantitatively analyzing the impact of earthquakes upon marine and lacustrine sediments. This modern multi-method approach will enable us to use subaquatic landslides and seafloor deformation structures as tools for quantitative paleoseismology and as "proxies" for reconstructing the neotectonic evolution of the investigated ocean margin and/or lake and their surroundings.

The research program is structures into three subprojects, all of which address a specific theme within the overall framework of the common scientific objective to quantitatively constrain paleoseismicity and related geohazards. The research team consists of three researcher: 1 Post-Doc (Jasper Moernaut) and 1 PhD student (Anna Reusch) lead by principle investigator (Michael Strasser). We will focus our efforts (1) in Japan and Chile, both countries that were most recently hit by destructive earthquakes and tsunamis in 2011 and 2010, respectively; and (2) in Western Switzerland (Lake Neuchatel region), which to date has no proven record of significant earthquakes, but where recent studies have revealed seismically-active faults that potentially may be capable of producing strong earthquakes.

In a broader context, results are anticipated to ultimately yield important means and input parameters for future, inter-disciplinary seismic and tsunami hazard assessments, both for active continental margins, in general, as well as, and in particular, for Switzerland.

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Publications

Publication
The influence of overpressure and focused fluid flow on subaquatic slope stability in a formerly glaciated basin: Lake Villarrica (South-Central Chile)
Moernaut J., Wiemer G., Reusch A., Stark N., De Batist M., Urrutia R., Ladrón de Guevara B., Kopf A., Strasser M. (2017), The influence of overpressure and focused fluid flow on subaquatic slope stability in a formerly glaciated basin: Lake Villarrica (South-Central Chile), in Marine Geology, 383, 35-54.
Das neue Tiefenmodell des Zürichsees: Hochauflösende Darstellung der geomorphodynamischen Ereignisse im tiefen Seebecken:
Strupler M., Hilbe M., Anselmetti F.S., Strasser M. (2016), Das neue Tiefenmodell des Zürichsees: Hochauflösende Darstellung der geomorphodynamischen Ereignisse im tiefen Seebecken:, in Swiss Bulletin für angewandte Geologie, 20, 71-83.
Documenting large earthquakes similar to the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake from sediments deposited in the Japan Trench over the past 1500 years.
Ikehara K, Kanamatsu T., Nagahashi Y., Strasser Michael, et al. (2016), Documenting large earthquakes similar to the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake from sediments deposited in the Japan Trench over the past 1500 years., in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 445, 48-56.
Sediment mobilization deposits from episodic subsurface fluid flow—A new tool to reveal long-term earthquake records?
Reusch A., Moernaut J., Anselmetti F., Strasser M. (2016), Sediment mobilization deposits from episodic subsurface fluid flow—A new tool to reveal long-term earthquake records?, in Geology, 44, 243-246.
Synchronisation of sedimentary records using tephra: A post-glacial tephrochronological model for the Chilean Lake District
Fontijn K., Rawson H., Van Daele M., Moernaut J., et al. (2016), Synchronisation of sedimentary records using tephra: A post-glacial tephrochronological model for the Chilean Lake District, in Quaternary Science Reviews, 137, 234-254.
Changes in distal sedimentation regime oft the Rhone delat system controlled by subaquatic channels
Kremer K., Corella J.P., Hilbe M., Marillier F., Dupuy D., Zenhäuser G., Girardclos S. (2015), Changes in distal sedimentation regime oft the Rhone delat system controlled by subaquatic channels, in Marine Geology, 370, 125-135.
Deep subsurface carbon cycling in the Nankai Trough (Japan) - Evidence of tectonically induced stimulation of a deep microbial biosphere
Riedinger N., Riedinger N., Riedinger N., Strasser M., Strasser M., Harris R. N., Klockgether G., Lyons T. W., Screaton E. J. (2015), Deep subsurface carbon cycling in the Nankai Trough (Japan) - Evidence of tectonically induced stimulation of a deep microbial biosphere, in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16(9), 3257-3270.
Evolution of tectono-sedimentary systems in the Kumano Basin, Nankai Trough forearc
Moore G. F., Boston B. B., Strasser M., Underwood M. B., Ratliff R. A. (2015), Evolution of tectono-sedimentary systems in the Kumano Basin, Nankai Trough forearc, in Marine and Petroleum Geology, 67, 604-616.
Identification of the static backstop and its influence on the evolution of the accretionary prism in the Nankai Trough
Tsuji Takeshi, Tsuji Takeshi, Ashi Juichiro, Strasser Michael, Strasser Michael, Kimura Gaku (2015), Identification of the static backstop and its influence on the evolution of the accretionary prism in the Nankai Trough, in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 431, 15-25.
Large Mass Transport Deposits in Kumano Basin, Nankai Trough, Japan
Moore G., Strasser M. (2015), Large Mass Transport Deposits in Kumano Basin, Nankai Trough, Japan, in Advances in Natural and Technological Hazard Research, 41, 371.
The role of sediment composition and behavior under dynamic loading conditions on slope failure initiation: a study of a subaqueous landslide in earthquake-prone South-Central Chile
Wiemer Gauvain, Moernaut Jasper, Moernaut Jasper, Moernaut Jasper, Stark Nina, Kempf Philipp, De Batist Marc, Pino Mario, Urrutia Roberto, de Guevara Bruno Ladrón, Strasser Michael, Kopf Achim (2015), The role of sediment composition and behavior under dynamic loading conditions on slope failure initiation: a study of a subaqueous landslide in earthquake-prone South-Central Chile, in International Journal of Earth Sciences, 104(5), 1439-1457.
The sedimentary record of the 1960 tsunami in two coastal lakes on Isla de Chiloé, south central Chile
Kempf P., Moernaut J., Moernaut J., Van Daele M., Vermassen F., Vandoorne W., Pino M., Urrutía R., Schmidt S., Garrett E., Garrett E., De Batist M. (2015), The sedimentary record of the 1960 tsunami in two coastal lakes on Isla de Chiloé, south central Chile, in Sedimentary Geology, 328, 73-86.
A comparison of the sedimentary records of the 1960 and 2010 great Chilean earthquakes in 17 lakes: Implications for quantitative lacustrine palaeoseismology
Van Daele Maarten, Moernaut Jasper, Moernaut Jasper, Doom Lindsey, Boes Evelien, Fontijn Karen, Fontijn Karen, Heirman Katrien, Vandoorne Willem, Hebbeln Dierk, Pino Mario, Urrutia Roberto, Brümmer Robert, De Batist Marc (2014), A comparison of the sedimentary records of the 1960 and 2010 great Chilean earthquakes in 17 lakes: Implications for quantitative lacustrine palaeoseismology, in Sedimentology, 62, 1466.
Elemental Distribution and Microfabric Characterization Across a Buried Slump Scar: New Insights on the Long-Term Development and Reactivation of Scar Surfaces from a Microscopic Perspective
Amsler Helen Eri, Reusser Eric, Milliken Kitty, Strasser Michael (2014), Elemental Distribution and Microfabric Characterization Across a Buried Slump Scar: New Insights on the Long-Term Development and Reactivation of Scar Surfaces from a Microscopic Perspective, in Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 37, 23-32.
Erosional features as indicators of thrust fault activity (Nankai Trough, Japan)
Alves T.M., Strasser Michael, Moore G.F. (2014), Erosional features as indicators of thrust fault activity (Nankai Trough, Japan), in Marine Geology, 356, 5-18.
Flow dynamics of Nankai Trough submarine landslide inferred from internal deformation using magnetic fabric
Kanamatsu T., Kawamura K., Strasser Michael, Novak B., Kitamura Y. (2014), Flow dynamics of Nankai Trough submarine landslide inferred from internal deformation using magnetic fabric, in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, 4079-4092.
Giant lacustrine pockmarks with subaqueous groundwater discharge and subsurface sediment mobilization
Reusch Anna, Loher Markus, Bouffard Damien, Moernaut Jasper, Hellmich Franziska, Anselmetti Flavio S., Bernasconi Stefano M., Hilbe Michael, Kopf Achim, Lilley Marvin D., Meinecke Gerrit, Strasser Michael (2014), Giant lacustrine pockmarks with subaqueous groundwater discharge and subsurface sediment mobilization, in Geophysical Research Letters, 42(9), 3465-3473.
Lacustrine turbidites as a tool for quantitative earthquake reconstruction: new evidence for a variable rupture mode in South-Central Chile
Moernaut Jasper, Van Deael M., Heirman K., Fontijn K., Strasser Michael, Pino M., Urrutia R., De Batist M (2014), Lacustrine turbidites as a tool for quantitative earthquake reconstruction: new evidence for a variable rupture mode in South-Central Chile, in Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 119, 1607-1633.
Mid-Quaternary decoupling of sediment routing in the Nankai Forearc revealed by provenance analysis of turbiditic sands
Usman Muhammed O., Masago H., Winkler W., Strasser Michael (2014), Mid-Quaternary decoupling of sediment routing in the Nankai Forearc revealed by provenance analysis of turbiditic sands, in International Journal of Earth Sciences, 103, 1141-1161.
New constraints on the oceanographic vs. seismic control on submarine landslides initiation: a geotechnical approach off Uruguay and northern Argentina
Ai F., Strasser Michael, Preu B., Hanebuth T.J.J., Krastel S., Kopf A (2014), New constraints on the oceanographic vs. seismic control on submarine landslides initiation: a geotechnical approach off Uruguay and northern Argentina, in Geo-Marine Letters, 34, 399-417.
The 600 year eruptive history of Villarrica Volcano (Chile) revealed by annually-laminated lake sediments
Van Deale M., Moernaut Jasper, Silversmit G., Schmidt S., Fontijn K., Heriman K., Vandoorne W., De Clercq M., Van Acker J., Wolff D., Pino M., Urrutia R., Roberts S., Vincze L., De Batist M. (2014), The 600 year eruptive history of Villarrica Volcano (Chile) revealed by annually-laminated lake sediments, in Geological Society of America Bulletin, 126, 126, 481-498.
A slump in the trench: Tracking the impact of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake
Strasser Michael, Koelling M., Ferreira C. dos Santos, Fink H. G., Fujiwara T., Henkel S., Ikehara K., Kanamatsu T., Kawamura K., Kodaira S., Roemer M., Wefer G. (2013), A slump in the trench: Tracking the impact of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, in GEOLOGY, 41(8), 935-938.
Lake sediments as natural seismographs: A compiled record of Late Quaternary earthquakes in Central Switzerland and its implication for Alpine deformation
Strasser Michael, Monecke Katrin, Schnellmann Michael, Anselmetti Flavio S. (2013), Lake sediments as natural seismographs: A compiled record of Late Quaternary earthquakes in Central Switzerland and its implication for Alpine deformation, in SEDIMENTOLOGY, 60(1), 319-341.
Origin of turbidites in deep Lake Geneva (France-Switzerland) since the last 1500 years
Kremer K., Hilbe M., Adatte T., Garnier R., Zenhäuser G, Girardclos S., Origin of turbidites in deep Lake Geneva (France-Switzerland) since the last 1500 years, in Journal of sedimentary research.
Lacustrine turbidites produced by surficial slope failure: a mechanism for continuous and sensitive turbidite paleoseismic records
Moernaut J., Van Daele M., Strasser M., et. al, Lacustrine turbidites produced by surficial slope failure: a mechanism for continuous and sensitive turbidite paleoseismic records, in Marine Geology.
Long-term pockmark maintenance by fluid seepage and subsurface sediment mobilization – sedimentological investigations in Lake Neuchâtel
Loher M., Reusch A., Strasser M., Long-term pockmark maintenance by fluid seepage and subsurface sediment mobilization – sedimentological investigations in Lake Neuchâtel, in Sedimentology.
Paleoseismic potential of sublacustrine landslide records in three Alaskan lakes
Preat N., Moernaut J., Van Daele M., Boes E., Strupler M., Haeussler P.J., De Batist M., Paleoseismic potential of sublacustrine landslide records in three Alaskan lakes, in Marine Geology.
Probabilistic stability evaluation and seismic triggering scenarios of submerged slopes in Lake Zurich
Strupler M, Hilbe M., Anselmetti F.S., Kopf A., Fleischmann T., Strasser M., Probabilistic stability evaluation and seismic triggering scenarios of submerged slopes in Lake Zurich, in Geo-Marine Letters.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Swiss Seismological Service / ETH Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunamis / JAMSTEC Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Physics of Aquatic Systems Laboratory / EPFL Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Institute of Geology, University of Innsbruck Austria (Europe)
- Exchange of personnel
Renard Centre of Marine Geology / University of Gent Belgium (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Tectonics & geodynamics research group / University of Fribourg Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Research and Development Center for Ocean Drilling Science / JAMSTEC Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Geophysics and Tectonics group / University of Hawaii United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Quaternary Geology research group / University of Bern, Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
MARUM-marine geotechnics and technology groups / University of Bremen Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Solid Earth Science Group / University of Tokyo Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Sedimentology group / EAWAG , Dübendorf Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Seminar Geology Individual talk Extreme events archived in the sedimentary record of Japan’s subduction margins 28.10.2014 Trieste, Italy Strasser Michael;
19th International Sedimentology Congress Talk given at a conference A lacustrine perspective on turbidite and landslide cycles : implications for subaquatic Paleoseismology 21.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Moernaut Jasper;
19th International Sedimentology Congress Talk given at a conference Shaken and Stirred: Extreme events archived in the sedimentary records of lakes and continental margins 19.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Strasser Michael;
19th International Sedimentology Congress Talk given at a conference Correlative subaquatic landslide and sediment expulsion deposits as paleoseismological tool (in the Lake Neuchâtel region, Western Switzerland 18.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Reusch Anna;
19th International Sedimentology Congress Talk given at a conference 4000 years of mass movement in history in deep Lake Geneva (France-Switzerland) 18.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Kremer Katrina;
Asian Ocean Science Meeting (AOGS) Talk given at a conference Extreme Events Archived in the Sedimentary Record of Japan’s Subduction Margins 31.07.2014 Sapporo, Japan Strasser Michael;
Seminar: Geologie im Erdsystem Individual talk Extremereignisse im geologischen Archiv 01.07.2014 Hamburg, Germany Strasser Michael;
Culture, Climate and Environment Interactions at Prehistoric Wetland Sites - Conference Talk given at a conference A catastrophic event during Early Bronze Age explaining a lake dwellers occupation gap in Lake Geneva (France-Switzerland)? 12.06.2014 Bern, Switzerland Kremer Katrina;
Siminar: Sedimentary Geology Individual talk Shaken and Stirred: Extreme events archived in the sedimentary record of lakes and continental margins 14.05.2014 Oxford, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Strasser Michael;
Seminar Sedimentgeologie und Regionale Geologie Individual talk Extremereignisse im Sedimentarchiv: Eventstratigraphie, Prozesse und Naturgefahren 12.05.2014 Innsbruck, Austria Strasser Michael;
SwissSed 2014 Talk given at a conference Subaqatuc landslides and fluid-expulsion features within the sedimentary archive of Lake Neuchâtel 22.02.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Reusch Anna;
11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Talk given at a conference Structural and morphoplogical changes in the shallow plate boundary system and trench, triggered by rare subduction megathrust earthquakes 16.11.2013 Laussane, Switzerland Strasser Michael;
4th Int. INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology Talk given at a conference Lake sediments as natural seismographs: A compiled record of Late Quaternary earthquakes in Central Switzerland 12.10.2013 Aachen, Germany Strasser Michael;
6th International Symposium of Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences Poster The influence of excess pore pressure, fluid flow and depositional patterns on subaquatic slope instability: a detailed case study of Lake Villarrica (South-Central Chile) 23.09.2013 Kiel, Germany Moernaut Jasper;
6th International Symposium of Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences Poster Subaquatic landslides and expulsion features within the sedimentary archive of Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland 23.09.2013 Kiel, Germany Reusch Anna;
CHIKYU+10 INTERNTIONAL WORKSHOP Poster Deep sea archive for earthquake history 22.04.2013 Tokyo, Japan Strasser Michael;
EGU 2013 Talk given at a conference Lake sediments as systematic recorders of seismic shaking: potential and limitations. 11.04.2013 Wien, Austria Moernaut Jasper;
EGU 2013 Poster A Slump in the Trench: Tracking the impact of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake 11.04.2013 Wien, Austria Strasser Michael;
10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Poster Subaquatic landslides and sediment deformation structures within the geologic archive of Lake Neuchâtel 17.11.2012 Bern, Switzerland Reusch Anna;
Special Seminar USGS, Alaska Individual talk The recurrence pattern of megathrust earthquakes in South-Central Chile: Quantitative paleoseismology using lake sediments 29.05.2012 Anchorage, United States of America Moernaut Jasper;
Deep Sea- and Subseafloor Frontier Conference Poster Scientific Ocean Drilling for Investigating Submarine Landslides and related Geohazards 12.03.2012 Stiges, Spain Strasser Michael;
SwissSed 2012 Poster The sedimentary archive of Lake Neuchâtel, derived from high-resolution seismic reflection and sediment-core data 25.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Reusch Anna;
AGU 2011 Talk given at a conference Submarine Landslides and Mass-Transport Deposition in the Nankai fore-arc 05.12.2011 San Francisco, United States of America Strasser Michael;
9th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Talk given at a conference Sedimentary archives of Northern Alpine and Molasse Basin neotectonics 13.11.2011 Zürich, Switzerland Strasser Michael;
9th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Talk given at a conference The recurrence pattern of megathrust earthquakes in South-Central Chile: semi-quantitative paleoseismology using lake sediments 12.11.2011 Zurich, Switzerland Moernaut Jasper;
Seminar at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Sciences and Technology (JAMSTEC) Individual talk Nankai Trough tectono-stratigraphic evolution and submarine landslides: From 3D-seismic and IODP-NanTroSEIZE core data to laboratory experiments 04.11.2011 Yokohama, Japan Strasser Michael;
Seminar at Kochi Core Center Individual talk Nankai Trough tectono-stratigraphic evolution and submarine landslides: From 3D-seismic and IODP-NanTroSEIZE core data to laboratory experiments 01.11.2011 Kochi, Japan Strasser Michael;
5th International Symposium of Submarin Mass Movements and Their Consequences Talk given at a conference Scientific Drilling of Mass-Transport Deposits in the Nankai accretionary wedge: First Results from IODP Expedition 333 23.10.2011 Kyoto, Japan Strasser Michael;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
International Workshop on Submarine Paleoseismology 16.07.2015 Zürich, Switzerland
IODP Workshop: Tracking the Tsunamigenic slips Across and Along the Japan Trench (JTRACK) 15.05.2014 Tokyo, Japan
ECORD Summer School on Submarine landslides, Earthquakes and Tsunamis 03.09.2012 Bremen, Germany

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: radio, television Tageschau Hauptausgabe SRF 1 German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Media relations: radio, television Tsunami Jäger SRF 1 - Einstein German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Chikyu – kein Schiff kann tiefer bohren Tagesanzeiger German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Wenn der Silsersee von früher erzählt Engadiner Post German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: radio, television Japan sea sediments tell of past 'Tohoku quakes' BBC German-speaking Switzerland International 2012
Media relations: print media, online media L’explorateur des lacs Tribune de Genève Western Switzerland 2012
Talks/events/exhibitions Swiss Embassy Tokyo Information Session on Earthquake Prepardness International 2012

Awards

Title Year
Hydrobiologie-Limnologie-Preis 2016 2016
YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS). The Award, which is given by IAS once every 2 year is to recognize contributions and potential of outstanding early-career scientists working in any area of sedimentology. 2014
Best poster award of 5TH International Symposium of Submarine Mass Movement and Their Consequences, in Kiel: Moernaut et al.: The influence of excess pore pressure, fluid flow and depositional patterns on subaquatic slope instability: a detailed case study of Lake Villarrica (South-Central Chile) 2013

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
146889 Quantifying human impact and recent climate change using clastic sediments from lacustrine records in Western Switzerland (Phase 2) 01.06.2013 Project funding (Div. I-III)
147139 Swiss participation in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) through membership in the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) 01.01.2014 Research Infrastructure
121666 Quantifying human impact and recent climate change using clastic sediments from lacustrine records in western Switzerland 01.02.2010 Project funding (Div. I-III)
133790 A multibeam-bathymetric device to acquire high-resolution lake floor morphologic data 01.08.2011 R'EQUIP

Abstract

This research program will investigate the geological record of earthquake-triggered subaquatic sediment instabilities to quantitatively constrain recent tectonic activity and paleoseismicity of the Nankai Trough and Swiss Molasse Basin. This will be achieved by geophysical surveying, drilling and coring offshore Japan and in Swiss lakes, respectively, along with geotechnical in-situ and laboratory testing and generic numerical modeling experiments. Ultimately, results are expected to illuminate the seismic geohazard potential of active continental margins, in general, as well as, and in particular, of Switzerland.
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