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Reducing Geo-Disasters Across the Globe

Symposium Will Present Landslide, Earthquake and Other Natural Catastrophes Research

Aug. 26, 2014


Cal State Fullerton's College of Engineering and Computer Science will host the 12th International Symposium on Geo-Disaster Reduction Sept. 5-6. The American Society of Civil Engineers, Geo-Institute Los Angeles Chapter and International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction are joining CSUF as lead organizers. More than 150 geoscientists and engineers who have been instrumental in the advancement of geo-disaster reduction across the globe, along with CSUF faculty and students, are expected to attend.


Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Partial Schedule: 

(For complete program, visit online.) 

Sept. 5
9 a.m. — Keynoter Jonathan P. Stewart, UCLA chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering, will present "Lessons Learned on Ground Motions From Large Interface Subduction Zone Earthquakes." Stewart will discuss ground motions recorded from the destructive earthquakes in Chile in 2010 and Japan in 2011. 

10:30 a.m. — David D. Bowman, Cal State Fullerton interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and professor of geological sciences, will present "The Real Earthquakes of the OC: Preparing for Earthquakes in Southern California." Bowman’s research specialty is earthquake physics. His current research interests focus on earthquake stress interactions and rupture propagation in branched fault systems, regional seismicity associated with large earthquakes, and the formation and evolution of fault systems. Bowman has authored numerous papers on earthquake seismology with students and colleagues from around the globe and has given a number of presentations on earthquake safety to community groups across Southern California.

Sept. 6
9 a.m. — Keynoter Jonathan D. Bray, UC Berkeley faculty chair in earthquake engineering excellence, will present "Turning Disaster Into Knowledge." Bray's expertise includes liquefaction and its effects on structures and earthquake ground motions. 

10:30 a.m. Ko-Fei Liu, vice chair and professor of civil engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

1:30 p.m.Fawu Wang, professor and director of the Project Center on Natural Disaster Reduction, Shimane University, Japan.


Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


Geo-disasters include events induced by natural phenomena, such as landslides, debris flows, strong earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions, which can kill, cause injury and property damage. Rainfall- and earthquake-induced landslides, debris flow disasters, disaster awareness, seismic ground shaking, climate change, floods, dams and levees are among geo-disasters to be discussed.


"The symposium will be another building block to enhance geotechnical engineering knowledge and to further understand geo-disaster reduction," said Binod TiwariCal State Fullerton associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and symposium chair.


Additionally, 44 research papers aimed at mitigating geo-disasters were submitted by geoscientists and engineers from North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. After a regular peer-review process, papers will be published in the international journal Geoenvironmental DisastersThe top three papers and their authors will be selected and recognized during the closing ceremony. Student papers will be presented, including seven by Cal State Fullerton civil engineering and geology students. Awards will be given to the student authors of the top three paper presentations.

More Info:

Binod Tiwari or online.

Media Contacts:

Binod Tiwari, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Debra Cano Ramos

Tags:  Academics & Research