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​Preliminary scientific results from EOS field schools on the Sagaing, Mae Chan and Nam Ma faults, SE Asia

Published on: 22-Feb-2019

Event Type: Seminar
Event Date: 22 February 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: ASE 3D Viz Laboratory Room (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Ray Weldon

About the speaker:

Ray Weldon is Professor of Structural Geology and Neotectonics at the University of Oregon. Ray basically studies active faults in the field but works closely with seismologists, geodesists, geochronologists, and hazard and risk analysts to integrate field observations into models of how faults work and generate seismic hazard and risk. Ray and his students and colleagues have recently worked on the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the Basin and Range in Oregon, the San Andreas Fault in California, and fold and thrust belts in Alaska and the Kyrgyz Tien Shan. In pursuit of his conviction to make science practical, Ray serves on the Executive Committee of the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF, the official source model for California earthquakes), the Steering Committee for the US National Seismic Hazard Map (that sets national building codes, among other things), and consults for a number of public and private entities on seismic hazards posed to nuclear power plants and dams. Ray teaches Oregon Geology and Summer Field Camp (in addition to specialized courses) and is most proud of having successfully graduated 22 MS and PhD students in his 27 years at Oregon.

About the event:

In the winters of 2016, 2017, and 2018 a group of EOS scientists and visiting collaborators conducted 2-week-long field schools to train students to investigate active faults in mainland SE Asia. In addition to the educational value of these courses, that included students from up to 12 countries, they have generated key scientific insights on the activity of the Sagaing, Nam Ma (Myanmar) and Mae Chan (Thailand) faults, and valuable insights into how to study active faults in this environment. This talk will summarize some of these results and lessons learned, and focus a bit on the Mae Chan fault of northernmost Thailand.

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