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Real Observatorio de la Armada

Earthquake monitoring and Earthquake risk in Western Mediterranean

European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (CSEM EMSC)
Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology (Orfeus)
Royal Naval Institute and Observatory in San Fernando
Royal Naval Institute and Observatory in San Fernando

Joint DPG-EERWEM Workshop (Rabat, November 15-17, 2007)

The San Fernando workshop, 13-16 June 2006:
  • Introduction

    This workshop is part of the EC (INCO) project EERWEM with the aim to improve coordination of existing and developing monitoring infrastructures and associate the Northwestern African seismological research community to current and future European Research Area initiatives focused on seismic monitoring and risk analysis.

  • Objetives

    In this workshop we summarize the current state of the seismic monitoring infrastructures in the northwestern part of the Mediterranean region and place this in the context of the current knowledge, on-going projects and research plans with regard to seismic activity and risk in this region. Requirements and technical possibilities for transnational integration of monitoring and research infrastructures will be discussed and will be followed up, after the workshop, by the implementation a number of the proposed implementations.

    Consequently the intended targets of this workshop are:

    • Planning the short-term implementation of a number of tools to improve the data exchange in the region. This implementation will take place within this current EC (INCO) project.
    • Concrete earthquake (risk) research infrastructure integration plan for the Western Mediterranean region, specifically connected to the EC- research infrastructure project NERIES.

    To accomplish these targets this workshop brings together seismological research institutes in primarily northwestern Africa with European key research institutes that have experience in the region and the EMSC and ORFEUS.

  • Setup and participation

    The workshop will consist of presentations and targeted workshop discussions.

    A number of general overview presentations of current challenges in regional seismic risk research and comprehensive reports of the existing research infrastructure in northern Africa will be given.

    Discussions will focus on the requirements for an efficient research (data) infrastructure, relevant available technical solutions and pragmatic plans for an efficient infrastructure across (and in) the northwestern Mediterranean region.

    To keep the workshop efficient the organizers will restrict the number of participations to around 40 with first priority to northern African participants.

  • Agenda

    This agenda is tentavive and could be slightly modified.

    Monday 12  
    18:00 EERWEM workshop organizing committee meeting.
    18:00 – 19:30 Registration.
    Tuesday 13  
    08:00 – 09:00 Registration.
    09:00 – 09:15 Welcome (ROA Director and San Fernando city Mayor)
    09:15 – 10:00 Bossu, R. and Van Eck, T.
    EERWEM project objectives
    10:00 – 10:45 Udías, A.
    Seismicity and seismotectonics of the Azores-Tunisia region
    10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
    11:15 – 12:00 Van Eck, T.; Bossu, R.; and Giardini, D.
    ORFEUS, EMSC and NERIES: The challenge of coordinating the European- Mediterranean earthquake data exchange infrastructure.
    12:00 – 12:45 Bossu, R.; Mazet-Roux, G.; and Godey, S.
    Technicalities of the EMSC activities.
    12:45 – 13:30 Martin Davila, J.; Pazos, A.; Buforn, E.; Udias, A.; Hanka, W.; Benzzeghoud, M.; Harnafi, M.; Nadji, A.; Prián, J.; Quijano, J.; Peña, J.A.; Gallego, J.; and Muñoz-Delgado, G.
    On land broad band “Western Mediterranean” and ocean bottom “FOMAR” seismic networks.
    13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break
    15:00 – 15:45 Yelles-Chaouche, A.K.; Djellit, H.; Devrchère, J.; Lammali, K.; Kherroubi, A.; Beldjoudi, H.; and Haned, S.
    The Boumerdes earthquake (Algeria) of May 21 th, 2003, Mw :6.8: a strong seismic event in central Algeria.
    15:45 – 16:05 Buforn, E.
    Reactivation of the Ibero-Mmagrebian region? The Al Hociema (February 24, 2004, Mw=6.2) and Bullas (January 29, 2005, Mw=) earthquakes.
    16:05 – 16:25 Yelles-Chaouche, A.K.; Djellit, H.; and Haned, S.
    Earthquake monitoring in Algeria, the Algerian experience
    16:25 – 16:45 Chik, M.; Laouami, N.; Slimani, N.; and Bouhadad, Y.
    Presentation of the CGS’s accelerographs and seismographs networks.
    16:45 – 17:05 Rajhi, M.; and Khereddine, A.
    Toward a new system for seismic alert in Tunisia.
    Wednesday 14  
    09:00 – 09:45 Jabour, N.; and Timoulali, Y.
    The 2004 Al Hoceima Earthquake : Seismotectonic and Seismic Risk Implications.
    09:45 – 10:05 Jabour, N.; and Timoulali, Y.
    Seismic Monitoring Network.
    10:05 – 10:25 Rimi, A.; Tadili, B.; Harnafi, M.; And El Hassani, A.
    Seismological Observations at the Scientific Institute-Morocco.
    10:25 – 10:45 Elmelade, A.
    Libyan Digital Seismological Network as a first seismological database for Libya.
    10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break.
    11:15 – 12:00 Giardini, D.
    Global Earth observation: GEO, GEOSS and FDSN.
    12:00 – 12:45 Hanka, W.
    GEOFON and its role in earthquake monitoring.
    12:45 – 13:30 Schindelé, F.
    The Unesco Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.
    13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break
    15:00 – 15:45 Mazza, S.; Olivieri, M.; Mandiello, A.; And Casale, P.
    MEDNET activities and plans.
    15:45 – 16:05 Baer, M.; and Giardini, D.
    CHNet 2006: Status Report of the Swiss Seismological Service.
    16:05 – 16:25 Carrilho, F.; Senos, M.L.; Alves, P.M.; Vales, D.; and Pena, J.A.
    Modsisnac ? Modernization of the Portuguese national seismic network.
    16:25 – 17:30 Open Discussions
    Thursday 15  
    09:00 – 09:20 Carreño, E.; and Antón, R.
    The Spanish national seismic network. Present-day situation.
    09:20 – 09:40 Roca, A.; Goula, X.; Olivera, C.; Susagna, T.; Figueras, S.; Irizarry, J.; and Romeo, N.
    Real-time regional alert system based on VSAT platforms in Catalonia (Spain)
    Frontera, T.; Jara, J.A.; Goula, X.; Ugalde, A.; and Olivera, C
    A broad band, permanent OBS installed offshore Tarragona (NE Spain).
    09:40 – 10:00 Guéguen, P.; Feignier, B.; Cotton, F.; Berge-Thierry, C.; Dominique, C.; Souriau, A.; and Michel, C.
    The French Accelerometric Network (RAP): current state in 2006.
    10:00 – 10:20 Deschamps, A.
    Some preliminary attempt to sea floor observation : the Ligurian Sea project.
    10:20 – 10:40 Galea, P.
    Seismicity Monitoring, Wied Dalam Broadband Station, Malta.
    10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break.
    11:10 – 11:30 Timoulali, Y.; Jabour, N.; Menzhi, M.; Merrouch, R.; and Hahou, Y.
    Local earthquake tomography for understanding complex earthquake activity in Al Hoceima region (Northern Morocco).
    11:30 – 11:50 Villaseñor, A.; Gallart, J.; and the PICASSO Working Group
    Initiatives for the study of the seismicity and velocity structure in Southern Iberia and Northwest Africa: PICASSO.
    11:50 – 13:30 Bossu, R.; and Van Eck, T.
    European projects practicalities.
    13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break
    15:00 – 17:30 Open discussions.
    18:30 – 20:00 Visit to ROA.
    20:30 EERWEM dinner.
    Friday 16  
    09:00 – EERWEM workshop organizing committee meeting.
  • Presentations

    The workshop will be organized in presentations and targeted discussions. The Workshop Committee will plan a number of general overview presentations of current challenges in regional seismic risk research and comprehensive reports of existing research infrastructures in Northern Africa.

    The official language of the workshop is English. Nevertheless, in very special cases and always under advance request to the workshop Committee (, some selected presentations could be carried out in French and they will be simultaneously translated to English.

    Authors not belonging to EERWEM project who wish to present a work, must send a short abstract to with the title and a short summary before April, 1. The Workshop Committee will answer, if the work is accepted or not, no later than April 10.

  • Submission of Presentations

    A book of extended abstracts will be provided to the participants. Therefore, authors are kindly asked to submit abstracts of their presentations before May, 1. Timely submission of abstracts is mandatory. Papers may be specified by authors as presentations or posters, but the Workshop Committee reserves the option of moving papers to posters if necessary for time or program considerations.

    Abstracts should be submitted as camera-ready, black and white, hard-copies. The electronic submission of the complete camera-ready manuscript is also possible. Abstracts should not exceed ten pages, figures and tables included.

    The official language of the workshop will be English. Nevertheless, for selected papers and always under previous request to and acceptance of the Workshop Committee, the abstract can be submitted in French and the Workshop Committee will translate it to English. This special requests must be send before April, 1, and, if accepted, the abstract must be submitted no later than April, 15.


    Participants who wish to give a presentation (oral or poster) must submit an Abstract, compiled in the style, layout and format as described below. Abstracts should not exceed ten pages (figures, tables and references included).

    Abstracts should be submitted as camera-ready, black and white, hard copies. The electronic submission of the complete camera-ready manuscript is also possible.

    Abstracts in Word, PostScript or PDF are welcome.

    Data Transfer:

    • E-mail: for electronic submission.
    • Hard-copy:
      Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada
      Sección de Geofísica
      C/ Cecilio Pujazón S/N
      11110 San Fernando (Cadiz)
    1. Abstract Style

      Abstracts should be clear, concise and written in English. Mathematical symbols and equations must be typed in, and metric symbols should be used. Figures, tables and references must be included in the text.

    2. Abstract Format & Layout


      • Printing Area: 16.5 cm (width) x 23.5 cm (height/length)
      • Type Face: Times New Roman
      • Type Size: 12 points justified
      • Line spacing: 1
      • Style: All lines flush left!. Text of abstract flush left and flush right (justified)!
      • Printing: 300 dpi and better


      For abstracts layout click here.

  • Committees and Contacts
    • Workshop Committee:
      • R. Bossu (EMSC)
      • T. Van Eck (ORPHEUS)
      • J. Martin Davila (ROA)
      • J. Nacer (CNRS)
      • K. Yelles (CRAAG)
    • Local Committee:
      • J. Martin Davila (ROA)
      • A. Pazos (ROA)
      • J. Prian (ROA)
      • J. Quijano (ROA)
      • J, Gallego (ROA)
      • J. A. Peña (ROA)
      • G. Muñoz-Delgado (ROA)

    Questions to the organization committee should be sent to

  • Deadlines
    April, 1 Short Abstract submission for presentations not planed by the Workshop Committee.
    Please see conditions.
    April, 10 Short Abstract acceptance
    April, 15 Extended abstract submission (in French).
    May, 1 Hotel Reservation and Preregistration
    May, 1 Extended Abstract Submission
    May, 15 Letter of Invitation Request
    May, 15 Shuttle Service Request
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

For the establishment of a Cooperation framework on earthquake surveillance in the Western Mediterranean Region: MoU text and Access form.

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European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (CSEM EMSC)
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Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology (Orfeus)
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Royal Naval Institute and Observatory in San Fernando

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