WELCOME TO THE GEOHAZARDS AND EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING [GEOQUAKE] RESEARCH LAB!
WHAT WE DO. Our team investigates geotechnical aspects of earthquake engineering from the assessment of seismic hazards, to the prediction of the response of soils and foundation systems to seismic loading. We focus on the dynamic behavior of soils and rocks under cyclic loading, the effects of local soil conditions on ground shaking, and the relationship between ground motion characteristics and the performance of civil infrastructure systems during earthquakes.
WHY WE DO IT. The overarching goals of our research are to (1) engineer resilient infrastructure systems to seismic hazards by advancing scientific knowledge on near-surface seismic wave propagation and ground deformation, and (2) to contribute to the reduction of disproportionate effects of earthquakes on vulnerable communities.
HOW WE DO IT. We examine very large global ground motion databases, develop analytical and numerical models for seismic wave propagation and associated geohazards, use geospatial analytics, and develop probabilistic frameworks to assess the variability and uncertainty associated with various geotechnical and geological hazards at multiple scales.