Norm Abrahamson

William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures | 2006 Recipient

Norm Abrahamson was the Joyner Lecturer for 2006, the Centennial Year of the San Francisco earthquake and the founding of the SSA. Norm brings a very pragmatic approach to ground-motion estimation, with a keen sense of what the engineering community needs to know and a remarkable ability, through his rapport with the seismological community, to obtain this information, whatever the issue may be. In recent years, Norm has contributed to the 1998 PSHA for Yucca Mountain and the Geological Survey’s 2003 earthquake probabilities report for the San Francisco Bay area. His ongoing work includes extreme ground motions at Yucca Mountain and the new generation of attenuation models.