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Development of direct approaches to tectonic stresses modelling

In collaboration with the Russian Academy of Science

The main aim of this project is the development of analytical and numerical tools for the identification of stress fields in the earth's crust. This project will develop alternative theoretical foundations and algorithms to identify tectonic stresses, which involves formulation of mechanically consistent models based on the analysis of observations of stress orientations. Resulting data will contribute to the development of new approaches for the prediction of natural and man-induced hazards such as earthquakes, land slides, and tsunami initiation (including developments of early warning systems).

Preliminary results for the Sumatra region are shown below.

Pattern of stress trajectories (left) and map of maximum shear stress (right) near Sumatra



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