The main goal of the hazard class room is to provide materials (textbooks, notebooks, practical exercises, lecture slides) related to seismic hazard assessment. This web-platform results from several years of experience in delivering training on seismic hazard assessment in several training courses (Master of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology, Master courses of the Potsdam, Grenoble-Alpes and Weimar Universities, International training courses of the German Research Centre for Geosciences). The initial development of this platform has been motivated by the desire to share and disseminate the fantastic text-book of our colleague Frank Scherbaum. This platform also gives an access to the training materials developed by many of us (John Aiken, Dino Bindi, Sanjay Bora, Yen-Shin Chen, Fabrice Cotton, Sreeram Reddy-Kotha, Graeme Weatherill). We thank Karsten Prehn for the web-development of the platform and his innovative ideas.
The development of these training material and our motivation to share them is driven by the following challenges:
- Seismic hazard assessment concepts are difficult to understand since they have been developed at the interface of various disciplines (geology, seismology, earthquakes engineering, mathematics). New approaches and innovative training materials are then necessary to take into account the diversity of the initial backgrounds of future hazard scientists.
- The lessons learned from recent dramatic earthquake and the exponential growth of data lead to rapid updates of the models and paradigms used to evaluate seismic hazards. Training materials have then to be updated regularly.
- Moving toward a safer and more resilient society requires a shared vision of future earthquakes consequences. New training concepts and visualisation tools are needed to understand the key concepts of seismic hazard evaluation, explore uncertainties and reach such shared vision of seismic hazards.
We hope that these materials contribute to obtain a basic background on the subject and pave the path for those seeking a deeper understanding or greater detail. Your comments, feedbacks and suggestions are appreciated and will help us to improve our future training activities. Feel free to use these materials for your own teaching or use this platform to share your own training materials.
Fabrice CottonPotsdam, June 2017