Internally Funded Projects


THIRD GENERATION EARTHQUAKE LOSS ESTIMATIG TOOL: QLARM2. WAPMERR is constructing a program that computes more rapidly and more accurately losses due to earthquakes. It will be open source, and will be more user friendly than the tool we currently use. In addition, the data on population and buildings will be upgraded and we take advantage of experience gained in assembling the currently operative tool.
CUNSTRUCTING DETAILED MODELS FOR CITIES AND REGIONS to calculate earthquake losses in a more differentiated way. In cases where students or researchers approach us for learning how to use our tool to calculate losses, we assist them in assembling the data on population and building stock for sub-divisions of cities and for small settlements. Based on these additional data, students then calculate detailed loss estimates that may also separately analyze the school population and health care facilities. Examples are the Azores Islands and Rafsanjan, Iran.

TSUNAMI TRAVEL TIMES AND RUNUP HEIGHTS: WAPMERR has launched a project to estimate the tsunami risk worldwide, jointly with the Tsunami Laboratory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk .

Launching of WinITRIS GRAPHIC SHELL with a built-in subroutine for calculation of dynamic tsunami sources, is another WAPMERR initiative within the framework of the ITRIS Project.
SEISMICITY PATTERN STUDIES in collaboration with personnel from the Institute for Geophysics at the ETH Zurich, the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the National Observatory Athens, and the NEID in Tsukuba, Japan have lead to publications on (a) identification of asperities in fault zones in California, (b) mapping of magma chambers beneath the volcano Mt. Pinatubo, (c) seismic hazard mapping in Greece, and (d) seismic hazard analysis in parts of Japan. (See publication list).

Based on the global historical Tsunami data base, WAPMERR is assessing the typically expected tsunami arrival time at the nearest coastal zones in the Pacific and Indian oceans for the IOC.

WAPMERR is running a pilot project to create expert systems for Tsunami risk assessment in SEAGOOS countries.
INVENTORY OF BUILDINGS FROM SATELLITE IMAGES: We have collected high resolution satellite images of 1,000 cities in earthquake and tsunami prone areas. From these, we propose to derive the numbers of buildings, classifying them by their height in countries where evaluation by engineers on foot cannot be expected for decades.