What we do

The main scope of the IFG Earthquake Geology and Seismic Hazards (IFG EGSHaz) is to increase the understanding of past earthquakes and future seismic risks by investigating the Quaternary geology of seismically active areas. This includes multiple disciplines that contribute to understanding Quaternary earthquake activity, such as palaeoseismology, active tectonics and neotectonic studies, tectonic geomorphology, archaeoseismology, and seismology. IFG EGSHaz promotes interdisciplinary approaches and multi-proxy studies to comprehensively understand the effects that seismic events have on society and on the environment and to improve seismic hazard prediction. This is done in part by co-operation with other IFGs, especially those that work on Quaternary dating methods, Quaternary stratigraphy and soil science, and liaisons with a broader spectrum of Quaternary researchers.


IFG EGSHaz activities are aimed to promote research, education and outreach on the topic of earthquake geology and hazards. One of the IFG's principal aims for the next inter congress period is to establish a worldwide and homogenous database on historical surface ruptures (primary and secondary). This database will become a principal publically available tool for seismic hazard assessment. The other main focus for the IFG during this inter congress period is to develop methods to improve probabilistic approaches to seismic hazard (PSHA) by incorporating active fault data (e.g., slip rates, return periods). The development and evolution of the Environmental Seismic Intensity- ESI 2007 scale helps to assess seismic hazards based on the quantification of earthquake environmental effects.


The main activity of the IFG in 2017 will be the 8th PATA Days meeting in New Zealand in November 2017 (link). The PATA Days conference series is the world's only regular event focused on earthquake geology and palaeoseismology. It is the main scientific discussion forum for the latest developments in these fields and the flagship event of the IFG.For the first time, the PATA Days will be held in Oceania, expanding the outreach to scientists previously not involved with INQUA activities (especially those from New Zealand and Australia). The conference will include both scientific sessions and field trips, and include participants from industry and civil protection agencies. It will provide great opportunities for increasing membership in the IFG, for increasing networking and promoting collaborations between international research groups, and for observing first-hand the environmental effects a strong earthquake can produce (the 2016 earthquake). PATA Days meeting proceedings are peer-reviewed and published in a proceedings volume. These papers are widely cited in peer-reviewed international journals and industry seismic hazard reports and they reflect the IFG's excellent international reputation. ECRs and DCRs particularly profit from this procedure and being involved as author and reviewer in the peer review process. In addition, the field trip guides will be made available online for the purpose of scientific outreach and ECR training.