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Projects : Electronic Encyclopedia of Earthquakes (E3)

Participating Organizations

Southern California Earthquake Center: SCEC is a community of scientists at 40 institutions engaged in interdisciplinary research on earthquakes and seismic hazard, with its administrative offices located at the University of Southern California (USC). Since 1991, the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) has been the primary organization funded by the NSF and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for coordinating earthquake research in Southern California. The accomplishments of SCEC scientists have been published in more than 500 scientific articles and special publications, and the results have been synthesized into a "Master Model" of probabilistic seismic hazard in the Los Angeles region (see the SCEC Research page). SCEC has also organized major data-collection facilities in Southern California, such as the Southern California Integrated GPS Network (SCIGN), and set up an infrastructure that allows researchers to share data, instruments and expertise. It has developed on-line data archives for all available seismic records, geodetic data, and satellite radar images for Southern California, and it established the first on-line, web-based relational database for retrieving strong-motion data.

SCEC is known nationally and internationally for its effective alliances with government entities, academic institutions, industry, and the media; it has become a leading voice for earthquake science in the United States. Through partnerships with museums, schools, and the media, SCEC runs an effective outreach program in earthquake-related education that encourages public participation in, and understanding of, earthquake science. SCEC is a broker of information betweenthe academic community and practitioners, between Earth scientists and engineers, between technical professionals and public officials, and between scientists and educators. Many sources of earthquake information are provided, including the SCEC InstaNET News Service, a feature that encourages interactivity among Earth scientists, engineers and the public via on-line articles and e-mailed announcements. Other information and resources, including the popular "Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country" earthquake awareness brochure, recent earthquake activity and data, seismic hazard reports, and web-based undergraduate level education modules can be accessed via SCEC's web services. Workshops, short courses, field trips, and other activities are held regularly to distribute SCEC information and resources.

Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering: CUREE is a non-profit corporation formed in 1988, dedicated to earthquake engineering research and education, as well as the implementation of earthquake engineering knowledge. CUREE currently has 22 university members-essentially the Civil and Environmental Engineering departments of those universities-with members located in all regions of the country. It has previously collaborated with SCEC on the interface between earthquake science and engineering.

CUREE currently manages the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project, a $7 million FEMA-funded effort to reduce the vulnerability of wood buildings to earthquakes, and is a partner in the SAC Joint Venture's $10 million effort, also funded by FEMA, to solve the steel frame problems that surfaced in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, CUREE took the lead in bringing together all National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program NEHRP-funded researchers working on the Earthquake to produce a directory linking fellow researchers and publicizing the research to potential users, and a national conference was convened where research results were presented.

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology: IRIS is a consortium of 97 research institutions funded by NSF to provide facilities in support of seismological research and education. The core programs of IRIS include the Global Seismographic Network (GSN), the Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL), the Data Management System (DMS) and the Education and Outreach Program (E&O).

IRIS manages large seismic data sets from extensive national and global instrument arrays, both archived and real-time. It can leverage considerable additional content, expertise, and assistance through its national membership and foreign affiliates. The IRIS E&O program has activities designed to reach a broad audience and focus on IRIS's strengths-in particular, access to seismological data and resources of a large scientific community.

Background and Purpose
Scope of E3
Participating Organizations
Project Organization and Management
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last updated 11.15.04