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Seismology and Earthquake Engineeringin the Arabian Gulf Region

January 22-25, 2012

Saudi Geological Survey
Jeddah,Saudi Arabia


The Saudi Geological Survey will host and organize the seventh Gulf Seismic Forum (GSF2012) that will be held from January 22 to 25, 2012. GSF 2012 aims at advancing and communicating research related to earthquake seismology, earthquake hazards, risk and its mitigation, earthquake engineering, and the tectonics of the Arabian plate and surrounding regions. Participation is encouraged by all who have an interest in any one of these areas. Participation by students and professionals in the early stages of their career is especially welcomed.

Preliminary Schedule

Day 1: 3 Workshops:
1.HAZUS hazard assessment program (Dr. D. Bausch, FEMA).
2.Moment tensor inversion software package (Dr. R.B. Herrmann, SLU)
3.Volcanism and seismicity in monogenetic lava fields (Dr. R. Moufti, KAAU)

Day 2-3: Oral and Poster technical sessions:

1. Seismicity and tectonics of the Middle East
2. Seismic risk, disaster management and mitigation
3. Seismic hazards and zoning studies
4. Seismic networks, data processing and management of seismological data
5. Earthquake engineering
6. Early warning systems and seismic safety of critical facilities
7. Induced seismicity
8. Volcanic hazards

Day 4: The Saudi Geological Survey will organize a scientific field trip to northern Harrat Rahat (the location of the historic volcano-seismic activity in 1256 AD).

The language of the forum will be English. There will be 3 parallel technical sessions on January 23 and 24, with 2 sessions in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long, with keynote addresses of 30 minutes duration.

Scientific committee

1. Martin Mai, (KAUST)
2. Hani Zahran, (SGS)
3. Keith Nakanishi, (LLNL)
4. Salah El-Hadidy, (SGS)
5. Rashad Moufti, (KAAU)
5. Talal Mokhtar , (KAAU)
6. Ian C.F. Stewart , (SGS)
7. Khaled al-Damegh, (KACST)
8. Abdullah Al-Enezi, (KISR)
9. Ali Al-Lazki, (Sultan Qaboos University)


The Forum exhibition will include equipment by manufacturers as well as displays by organizations concerned with earthquake monitoring, hazards and safety. A light breakfast as well as lunch will be provided each day for attendees. There will be a formal opening ceremony and dinner on January 22 and a closing dinner on January 24.

Hani M. Zahran
National Centre for Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Saudi Geological Survey
Phone: 966-(0)2-619 5000 ext. 2444
GSF-2012 website:


7th Gulf Seismic Forum – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

By Dr Cvetan Sinadinovski

The Gulf Seismic Forum was established to encourage
scientific and technical cooperation in the region of
Arabia between seismologists, engineers and
governmental organizations and to promote research
in seismology, including reducing the risk of damage
from earthquakes. Considerable earthquake activity
occurs around the margins of the Arabian Plate along
the Red Sea spreading axis, the Dead Sea and the Gulf
towards Iran, that results in significant seismic risk.
With the great increase in the development of
infrastructure and economic activity in the region
earthquake risk studies have become more important
especially near the margins of the Arabian plate.
There continues to be a rapid expansion of the
seismograph networks in the region and large amount
of data have been collected that help in better
understanding of the causes of the seismicity.
The Seventh Gulf Seismic Forum was hosted by the
Saudi Geological Survey in Jeddah from January 22-
25, 2012 with some 500 seismologists, engineers and
geoscientists participants. Opened by the Prince
Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah
Province, the Forum included keynote lectures, three
workshops (in seismic inversion, hazard mitigation,
and earthquake preparedness) and a field trip to the
area near the city of Medinah that experienced recent

The oral and poster technical sessions covered the
topics of:

1. Seismicity and tectonics of the Middle East,
2. Seismic risk, disaster management and
3. Seismic hazards and zoning studies,
4. Seismic networks, data processing and
management of seismological data,
5. Earthquake engineering,
6. Early warning systems and seismic safety of
critical facilities,
7. Induced seismicity and
8. Volcanic hazards

The full program and more detailed information can
be found through website.

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