“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone”


About 24 hours to go, before the very first experiment of a FAULT2SHA CHAT SESSION, at #shareEGU20. It’s an unique opportunity to share at distance new ideas and original results, within this community, now open to the participation of the many of us that would have not attended the #EGU20 meeting anyway.

If you want to be part of the chat session, please follow these steps:

1)      check in advance if you can enter into a chat – you need a Copernicus account –

2)      Enter the session in advance, at https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/displays/34849 and download the Session Summary and the presentations you are interested in

3)      Scroll the slide shows/posters and take note of the questions you want eventually to deliver to the authors in a separate document, to be ready to copy&paste it into the chat, when the presentation will be raised for discussion

4)      You can add comments/questions to each presentation also after the end of the session. All the material will be available till end of May.

Enjoy the session.


#shareEGU20 Fault2SHA virtual session

As you know the physical EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna is cancelled for the COVID-19 emergency. EGU has therefore decided to host EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20), a week-long series of online activities held during the first week of May that support our community by fostering scientific communication.

Fault2SHA community will partecipate with the session Seismic hazard based on paleoseismicity, active faulting and surface deformation data – the challenges of FAULT2SHA. Some of the abstract authors have already started uploading materials in the session page, anyone who has yet to do it please do it soon so we can start the discussion #shareEGU20. Moreover anyone is invited to join us online on 08 May, 14:00–15:45.

Please have a look on our EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online page which is frequently updated. Please follow this website and the Fault2SHA EGU’s social media Twitter accounts (@Fault2SHA @EuroGeosciences) using the official hashtags #Fault2SHA, #EGU20 and #shareEGU20 for more information.


Ciao Patience

We are full of sorrow for the loss of Patience Cowie. Patience was a good friend for some of us, a great colleague for many and, we are sure, an inspiring person for all who crossed her path. We will miss her greatly. Thanks to her open-minded approach to science she was able to bring innovation in all the research she did and will undoubtedly be remembered as a great researcher by the earth science community at large. She focused in the most recent years on active tectonics, with the main aim of integrating field observation, theory and numerical modelling. For many years she focused her studies in the Central Apennines in Italy, setting the building stones of what is today one of the FAULT2SHA natural laboratories. Patience was indeed among the promoters of the FAULT2SHA working group. Thank to Patience’s efforts and passion she really helped in promoting the first Fault2SHA meeting in Paris back in 2014. She was convinced that an interaction between geologists and modellers was the best way to go to improve our understanding of earthquake phenomena and mitigate seismic risk. Of course, she was right. We are grateful for her enthusiasm, we will continue thanks to her seminal ideas on fault interaction, episodic fault activity, fault propagation and fault linkage. She was a mentor for most of us and we will miss her profound insight and intuition.

Ciao Patience.

First Fault2SHA meeting – Nov 20-21, 2014 Paris

Fault2SHA IGCP project funded!

International Geoscience Programme Council Project 2020-23

Project Title : OLLIN Identification (and characterization) of seismogenic faults in populated areas of Latin America and its incorporation into seismic hazard assessment

PI : María Ortuño Candela – Universitat de Barcelona

OLLIN is a project aiming to set up a new collaborative framework between specialists and young researchers from both sides of the Atlantic to improve geological knowledge and seismic hazard assessment (SHA) of two populated regions of Latin America. These are the Transmexican Volcanic belt (TMVB) and the Northern Southamerica Plate Boundary (NSAPB), which extends from Ecuador to Colombia and Venezuela. To do so, three fundamental steps are undertaken; Firstly, data on the seismogenic potential of faults in these areas is gathered, discussed and selected. The most likely fault rupturing mechanisms are discussed, which will lead us to focus the fieldwork on areas which are relevant to SHA but lack information on key seismic parameters (slip rates, segmentation, complex versus simple ruptures, maximum expected earthquakes, etc.). Secondly, the incorporation of that knowledge on seismogenic fault models into the SHA is conducted using existing Fault2SHA tools. This step includes the adaptation of those tools to these specific Latin American settings and the generation of new ones. Finally, results dissemination to society is ensured by the participation of stakeholders from civil protection, geological surveys and other end-users through special meetings, training courses and on-line access that allow to keep track of progress and results.



We have the new Fault2SHA LOGO. After a long and hard contest we have our logo. We hope you like it!

Thanks to averyone send us a proposal and congratulations to the winner Brice Lebrun.


EGU2020 call for abstracts

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the following Fault2SHA session at the 2020 EGU General Assembly (Vienna, Austria, 3-8 May 2020): Seismic hazard based on paleoseismicity, active faulting and surface deformation data – the challenges of FAULT2SHA.
Please find further information about the session and the abstract submission here: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/34849
Note: the abstract submission deadline is 15 January 2020.
We are looking forward to your contributions.


Proceedings Book Fault2SHA 4th workshop

 We finally managed to conclude the Proceedings Book of the meeting, where you can find all the abstracts presented as well as:
* a summary of the workshop; * a section about “lessons learned”; * a brainstorming section about key issues and future concerns.

Remember that the key-note lectures are online in the ICM channel:



Fault2SHA launched a contest for the working group logo. Anybody can contribute their creative ideas. All the logo ideas will be discussed in an ExCom meeting and the best logo ideas will be presented for members vote. The artwork receiving the highest score from the votes will be declared the winner and be publicly announced in November 2019. Please submit designs and ideas by 15 October 2019, sending an e-mail to bruno.pace@unich.it.