8th Gulf Seismic Forum March 3-6 2013 Muscat Oman

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8th Gulf Seismic Forum March 3-6 2013 Muscat Oman

Post by salsinawi » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:16 pm

The MESF CYBER JOURNAL HAS PUBLISHED THE 8th Forum (Power Point Presentations)
Go to: http://www.meseisforum.net/Docs/Cyber_J ... me_7_2013/

The 8th Gulf Seismic Forum March 3-6 2013
“Seismology and Earthquakes in the Arabian Gulf Region”
Muscat , Sultanate of Oman



The Earthquake Monitoring Center (EMC) of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) is pleased to announce that Gulf Seismic Forum 2013 will be held in the Sultanate of Oman during March 3-6, 2013. We welcome all who are interested to attend and participate. Gulf Seismic Forum 2013 is the eighth in a series of very successful conferences on “Seismology and Earthquakes in the Arabian Gulf Region”, as previously organized by:
University of Sharjah, February 2004.
United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, February 2005.
Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman, February 2006.
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), February 2007,
Seismology and Volcanology Observatory Center in Yemen, April 2008,
National Center of Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi, March 2010,
Saudi Geological Survey in Saudi Arabia, January 2012.

Conferences provided an opportunity for scientists and engineers to present relevant results, to propose potential collaborations, and identify areas requiring additional research. A number of important outcomes and recommendations have resulted from the Forums and will be addressed in this Forum, hosted by the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman.

Papers and research dealing with the topics of seismology, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mitigation and geophysical research in the Arabian Peninsula region are welcomed at Gulf Seismic Forum 2013.
Tectonic Background

One of the most important tectonic events on the Arabian plate is the closure of the Neo-Tethys Ocean along the north and northeast boundaries of Arabia, that began about Middle to Late Cretaceous. The closure of the Neo-Tethys is responsible for the emplacement of many ophiolite bodies, that currently lie along sides of the Eurasia-Arabia plate boundary.

The final continent-continent collision between Arabia and Eurasia led to the development of the Zagros Mountain Belt and the Eastern Anatolian Plateau. Furthermore, opening of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the Miocene-Pliocene times has set the initial stages for an Arabian plate separation from "mother" Africa plate. Continued motion of Arabia towards the north and northeast resulted in further separation of Arabia from Africa along the Dead Sea Fault System in the Pliocene times.

Seismic activity recorded by networks both within and external to the Arabian plate shows high concentration of earthquakes along Arabian plate boundaries, examples include the Zagros Mountain Belt, and the Dead Sea Fault System. This pattern is strongly evident by recent and historic devastating earthquakes that claimed the lives of many hundreds to thousands of people, examples of those still resonate in our minds, such as the Dhamar Earthquake in Yemen, 1980, the Aqaba Earthquake, 1985 and the Bam Earthquake in Iran, 2003.

Earthquakes do not recognize geographic or political borders, their damaging effects are regional, a perfect example of this, is the Sumatra earthquake 2004, which generated tsunami that swept the Indian Ocean from Sumatra to India, to Somalia, and to Oman where 2-4 meters run-up were measured in the Salalah coastal areas.

Cooperation between countries is crucial in seismic and earthquake engineering studies to assess their hazards and mitigate their vulnerable effects. Hence, production of large scale seismic intensity and hazard maps and developing earthquake resistant design Code for the entire region and its surrounding, is vital to public safety and future development.

Conference Topics :

Seismology and active tectonics.
Seismic networks: data processing, and analysis.
Seismic hazard, risk and mitigation.
Structural and earthquake engineering.
Student participation session.

Goals and Objectives:

This Forum is a venue for the presentation of ideas and recent research work on seismology, seismic hazards, and earthquake engineering in and around the Arabian Peninsula. The Forum will cover discussions on seismic and earthquake engineering related topics, and provide platform for the planning of region-wide collaborative seismological studies and exchange of seismic data between centers in the region.


"Lithospheric Structure, Seismicity and Dynamics of the Arabian Plate"
This half-day short course presents a concise synthesis of the present geophysical knowledge of the Arabian Plate based on most recent scientific discoveries, for both continental and marine environments. The emphasis is on the deep structure, current deformation and seismicity, and underlying dynamic processes. A panel of leading experts will conclude the course with a discussion of the outstanding scientific problems and the research avenues that may solve these problems. All participants will receive an electronic copy of the lecture presentations.
Presented by Dr. Walter D. Mooney (USGS) and Second Lecturer (to be announced)
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Dr. Issa El-Hussain: Welcome and course opening
Dr. W.D. Mooney: Course overview and purpose

Methods: receiver functions, surface waves, marine seismic reflection, heat flow, potential field methods, seismic and GPS networks
Plate Motions, rifting, and crustal deformation results from marine seismic data and GP
Questions followed by tea break
10:30- 11:15
Seismicity studies, paleoseismology, tectonics and earthquake hazards
Synthesis: Current geophysical knowledge of the ArabianPlate
Questions followed by panel discussion highlighting gaps in our knowledge and opportunities for future research.
End of Course

Orrganizing Committee:

Dr. Issa El-Hussain, Chairman
Dr. Ghazi Al-Rawas
Prof. Khalifa Al-Jabri
Dr. Ahmed Deif
Dr. Salah Al-Khirbash
Mr. Khalfan Al-Tobi
Mr. Rashid Al-Hinai (Omantel)
Mr. Salam Al-Hashmi
Mr. Said Al-Mahrooqi (PDO)
Mr. Majid Al-Saifi
Mr. Khamis Al-Hadhrami
Mr. Khamis Al-Musharfi
Mr. Zaid Al-Habsi

Steering Committee:

Prof. Khalifa Al-Jabri
Prof. Abdullah Al-Amri
Dr. Abdullah Al-Enezi
Eng. Abdullah Al-Mandoos
Dr. Abdullah Shanablah
Eng. Hani Zahran
Eng. Jamal Sholan
Dr. Khalid Al-Dhamegh
Dr. Issa El-Hussain
Mr. Khamis Al-Shamsi

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Khalifa Al-Jabri
Prof. Abdullah Al-Amri
Dr. Abdullah Al-Enezi
Eng. Abdullah Al-Mandoos
Dr. Abdullah Shanablah
Eng. Hani Zahran
Eng. Jamal Sholan
Dr. Khalid Al-Dhamegh
Dr. Issa El-Hussain
Mr. Khamis Al-Shamsi


Dear prof. Sahil:
Thanks for the note, you may publish the power point presentations as in the 8GSF
Issa El-Hussain
Director, Earthquake Monitoring Center
Sultan Qaboos University
P.O.Box 50, Al-Khoudh
Pc 123
Muscat, Oman
Tel (968) 24142642
Fax (968) 24413137

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