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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
Active fault databases: building a bridge between earthquake geologists and seismic hazard practitioners, the case of the QAFI v.3 database

Participants in the publication
Julián García-Mayordomo (Author)
Raquel Martín-Banda (Author)
Juan M. Insua-Arévalo (Author)
José A. Álvarez-Gómez (Author)
José J. Martínez-Díaz (Author)
João Cabral (Author)
Dep. Geologia
IDL - Instituto Dom Luiz

Scope
International

Refereeing
Yes

Summary
Active fault databases are a very powerful and useful tool in seismic hazard assessment, particularly when singular faults are considered seismogenic sources. Active fault databases are also a very relevant source of information for earth scientists, earthquake engineers and even teachers or journalists. Hence, active fault databases should be updated and thoroughly reviewed on a regular basis in order to keep a standard quality and uniformed criteria. Desirably, active fault databases should somehow indicate the quality of the geological data and, particularly, the reliability attributed to crucial fault-seismic parameters, such as maximum magnitude and recurrence interval. In this paper we explain how we tackled these issues during the process of updating and reviewing the Quaternary Active Fault Database of Iberia (QAFI) to its current version 3. We devote particular attention to describing the scheme devised for classifying the quality and representativeness of the geological evidence of Quaternary activity and the accuracy of the slip rate estimation in the database. Subsequently, we use this information as input for a straightforward rating of the level\nof reliability of maximum magnitude and recurrence interval fault seismic parameters. We conclude that QAFI v.3 is\na much better database than version 2 either for proper use in seismic hazard applications or as an informative source\nfor non-specialized users. However, we already envision new improvements for a future update.

Date of Submisson/Request
2017-03-31
Date of Acceptance
2017-07-14
Date of Publication
2017-08-30

Where published
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 1684-9981

Publisher
Copernicus GmbH

Volume
17
Number
8

Starting page
1447
Last page
1459

Document Identifiers
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1447-2017
DOI - https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1447-2017

Rankings
SCIMAGO Q1 (2017) - 0.965 - Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
SCOPUS Q1 (2017) - 0.965 - General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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APA
Julián García-Mayordomo, Raquel Martín-Banda, Juan M. Insua-Arévalo, José A. Álvarez-Gómez, José J. Martínez-Díaz, João Cabral, (2017). Active fault databases: building a bridge between earthquake geologists and seismic hazard practitioners, the case of the QAFI v.3 database. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 17, 1447-1459. ISSN 1684-9981. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1447-2017

IEEE
Julián García-Mayordomo, Raquel Martín-Banda, Juan M. Insua-Arévalo, José A. Álvarez-Gómez, José J. Martínez-Díaz, João Cabral, "Active fault databases: building a bridge between earthquake geologists and seismic hazard practitioners, the case of the QAFI v.3 database" in Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, vol. 17, pp. 1447-1459, 2017. 10.5194/nhess-17-1447-2017

BIBTEX
@article{36316, author = {Julián García-Mayordomo and Raquel Martín-Banda and Juan M. Insua-Arévalo and José A. Álvarez-Gómez and José J. Martínez-Díaz and João Cabral}, title = {Active fault databases: building a bridge between earthquake geologists and seismic hazard practitioners, the case of the QAFI v.3 database}, journal = {Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences}, year = 2017, pages = {1447-1459}, volume = 17 }