Ten months after the kick-of-meeting of the TREAD project in Chieti (Italy), the European team, closely interconnected with the Fault2SHA initiative, will meet again. The members of the project, dedicated to finding new ways to better understand seismogenic faults and to improve seismic hazard analysis within the Euromediterranean region will meet in Aix-en-Provence (France), during the First Meeting of the project, which will take place during next Wednesday 29 November.
This appointment will allow the members to have a general overview of the first steps on each of the work packages and on the 11 PhD projects. The event will follow a 2-days workshop, including field work, where the main protagonists of TREAD, the 11 PhD students, will meet for the first time. These students were selected before last summer more than 600 applicants from all over the world, through an exhaustive selection process involving specific panels for each of the positions. They come from Asia (Iran, Kazakhstan), Europe (France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands) and South America (Colombia) and will follow a 3 to 4 years PhD program designed to cover specific aspects grouped into the three main thematic blocks of TREAD; 1) Earthquake Observations, 2) Physical Properties and Processes, and 3) Earthquake Hazard and Risk. They won’t do it alone, but as part of a collective and interactive research that will include continuous online meetings to share results, problems and new questions; monthly lectures with experts from the three areas (available here); two on-site training schools and 4 workshops (see the general program). The first these, which will take place next week, will focus on the challenges of identifying earthquake sources in slowly deforming regions and will include a visit to the 1909 M6 earthquake (Traveresse region) as well as specific training in the identification and characterisation of fault sources and geological effects; advanced geomorphological (photogrammetry, GIS analysis,..) and geophysical tools, scaling relationships, and an overview of the Mediterranean tectonics, among others.
These pre-doctoral researchers don’t know each other yet, and don’t know yet that they will be the backbone of the project; at the time that they will be looking to solve the key questions and challenges proposed, they will indirectly connect a wide network of specialists that form part of the beneficiary and partner institutions (part of the consortium). To know more about what we are doing, follow the project updates in the social media and the web page. We are preparing short capsules to reveal the multiple sides of the TREAD project.