Seismotectonic and Seismic Hazard Assessment of the Mediterranean Basin

The IGCP project SESAME (Seismotectonic and Seismic Hazard Assessment of the Mediterranean Basin) was focussed on the extension of the uniform seismic source zone model derived within GSHAP for Europe north of the Mediterranean (GSHAP Regions 3 at the GFZ) to the south.
Existing seismic source zone models, which were derived for national projects in the Mediterranean were joined according to seismotectonic constraints. Moreover, new seismic source zone models were provided for Greece, Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean. Differences between the GSHAP map and the SESAME map concentrate there.

Project SESAME: seismic source zones
SESAME seismic source zones (Jimenez, Giardini and Grünthal, 2001)

Comparison of the hazard maps after

SESAME                                                       GSHAP

SESAME seismic hazard map
SESAME map (Jimenez, Giardini & Grünthal, 2003)
GSHAP seismic hazard map
GSHAP map (Grünthal et al., 1999b)


Jiménez, M.-J., Giardini, D., Grünthal, G. (2003) The ESC-SESAME unified hazard model for the European-Mediterranean region. EMSC/CSEM Newsletter 19, 2-4.

Jiménez, M. J., Giardini, D., Grünthal, G., SESAME Working Group (2001) Unified seismic hazard modelling throughout the Mediterranean region. Bollettino di geofisica teorica ed applicata 42(1-2), 3-18.

Jiménez, M. J., Giardini, D., Grünthal, G., IGCP-SESAME WG and ESC/SC-F WG on SHA (2002) Unified seismic hazard model for the European Mediterranean region. Proceedings of the 3rd Asamblea Hispano-Portuguesa de Geodesia y Geofisica, Valencia/Spain, 4-8 February 2002.


Prof. Dr. G. Grünthal

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Seismic Hazard and
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