HYBRID: Transient Deformation Leading to Earthquakes: Bridging Observations from the Lab and the Field

A lecture in the "Physics & Pizza" series (held in English)

Mo, 11.03.2024 18:15  –   Mo, 11.03.2024 19:15
Dr. Patricia Martínez-Garzón, GFZ Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences
Magnus-Haus Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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Topic: A longstanding question in geoscience concerns whether earthquakes show a preparatory process and precursory seismic activity. During the last decades, improvements in earthquake monitoring, the integration of geodesy capturing slow deformation, and novel data analysis including artificial intelligence improved our ability to better discern how earthquake sequences evolve. In this talk, we will review the body of knowledge available from models, simulations, experimental work and field observations on the processes that influence earthquake preparation on different temporal and spatial scales, with a special emphasis on recent observations from the 2023 Türkiye earthquake sequence.

CV: Patricia Martínez-Garzón is a Group Leader at the Helmholtz Centre GFZ Potsdam. She studied Physics at Universidad Complutense of Madrid (her hometown) and received her PhD in 2014 from Freie Universität Berlin. After a Helmholtz post-doc between the GFZ Potsdam and the University of Southern California, she received a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group in 2018 and an ERC Starting Grant in 2023 to build her own research group. She served 3 years as Associate Editor of AGU Journal of Geophysical Research, and since 2024, she serves as Associate Editor of Geophysical Research Letters. In her work, she quantifies crustal deformation from earthquakes to slow slip to better understand earthquake preparatory processes and contribute to hazard mitigation.

Following the lecture, there will be a get-together where participants can exchange ideas with each other over pizza and drinks in the Remise and the garden of the Magnus-Haus.

The event is sponsored by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.