Call for Papers: Focus Section on Historical Seismology

Seismological Research Letters (SRL) announces the Focus Section on the Past and Present of Historical Earthquake Data and Research.

Instrumental seismological data have existed for about one century, too short a period to cover the recurrence interval of large earthquakes and to accurately describe and examine any possible temporal change of seismicity.  The accuracy of pre-instrumental earthquake data, the longer time period covered by it and the assessment of macroseismic intensity data have significantly improved the knowledge of the seismic behavior of many regions of the world. In addition, research methods and tools have changed since the full advent of the digital era, and new challenges have arisen to scientists in the field of Historical Seismology, which is based on written documents.

We invite papers covering the latest approaches and developments in Historical Earthquake Research of the pre-instrumental era, with special focus on the following key issues:

  • Where to look for and collect, how to interpret and finally convey the manifold seismological content of Historical Earthquake Data derived from originally non-seismological observations of earthquake effects

  • To consider with critical eyes and to discuss the appropriateness and quality of the informative background of the current parametric catalogs for the pre-instrumental time span

  • How the format and style of representation currently used in scientific publications, databases and catalogs may be revised, so as to render the Historical Earthquake Data fully available to the seismological community at large.

Guest editors for the SRL Focus Section on the Past and Present of Historical Earthquake Data and Research are:

Paola Albini (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Milano, Italy) 

Kenji Satake (Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, Japan)

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 14 February 2020

Articles accepted to the SRL Focus Section on the Past and Present of Historical Earthquake Data and Research will be published online ahead of print.

Address questions about scientific issues to the guest editors or SRL Editor-in-Chief Allison Bent at srleditor@seismosoc.org. Address questions about submissions to SRL Managing Editor Mary George at srl@seismosoc.org.