So Cal Earthquakes Center (SCEC) has been working for the advanced earthquake system science for over 25 years. The science is a collaboration between computer and earth sciences that are made in innovations. Earthquakes are the difficult and wicked problem is society that needs advises and works of the group consisting scientists, research programmers, structural and civil engineers, educators, as well as the science and risk communicators.
The Mission of the Research
The new fifth phase of the research has begun in February 1st, 2017 and entitled as SCEC5. It will become the largest research collaborations of geosciences to be continued. The core missions of SCEC are including;
- Gather the data of so cal earthquakes and also from the other area.
- Incorporate information to become a comprehensive understanding to the earthquake phenomena based on the physics.
- Communicate the understanding to the end users as well as the large society, so it becomes useful knowledge to reduce the risk of earthquake and also improve the community resilience.
According to the director of the community, the program of SCEC5 will drive the science of earthquake in the new directions so it will make them understand more about the error rupturing and great shaking of the ground. As the result, the research will provide more information related to the California’s earthquake hazards as well as the regions with seismically active. In this way, the society can have the information to counter the threats of earthquake anytime.
The Achievements from the Previous Research
There are some outstanding achievements from the previous research entitled SCEC4. The achievements are including:
- The beginning and refinement of some community models
- The findings of ruptures followed by tsunamis caused by kinds of earthquake and faultsin the Ventura coastline.
- The UCERF3 (Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast) release
- More advanced computing priorities in high performance.
- Making cooperation with organizations of public utility and the governments
- SCEC science in deeper applications by the engineering community.
- The prolongation of remarkable internship programs the undergraduates
- The Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills of exponential success by connecting over 53.5 million worldwide last year.
The SCEC5 Science Plan’s strategic plan has been troupe in five basic questions form about the science of earthquake. The questions are;
- How the faults are weighed down on distinguish spatial and temporal scales?
- What is the part of off-fault inflexible deformation on the strain buildup, dynamic break, and the radiated energy of seismic?
- How the effect of the developing structure, physical properties and composition of the fault zones as well as the surrounding rock to the cut off resistance to aseismic and seismic slip?
- How do the dependence of the strong ground motion on the complexities and the dynamic earthquake systems nonlinearities?
- The system specific studies can improve the general earthquake predictability understanding in what ways?
Those questions should become the basics of how the earthquake research should be done by the scientists and other members of the research community. By answering those questions, the key problems that drive so cal earthquakes research can be covered.