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IASPEI 2009: Rhythm of the Earth

2009 Scientific Assembly, Cape Town, South Africa
2009 Scientific Assembly,
Cape Town, South Africa

On behalf of IASPEI Bureau, I would like to express our sincere thanks to our friends of LOC for the successful organization of this Assembly.

I would like to thank our session conveners, commissioners, working group leaders, especially keynote speakers, whose contribution made the Assembly fruitful.

I would like to thank all of you for your participation in this memorable Assembly – I know that some of you are from very remote places, most of you are from another hemisphere.

Especially, we would like to extend our thanks to our African colleagues - we hope and believe that seismology in Africa will have more and more contributions not only to regional sustainability but also to global geo-science.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Melbourne in 2011. We hope you to have a pleasant trip back home.

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Keynote lectures:

  • T. Jordan - Earthquake Forecasting and Prediction: Progress in Model Development and Evaluation
  • R. Madariaga - Earthquake Dynamics: From Source to Radiation
  • G. Nolet - Seismic Tomography and the Dilemma of the Earth’s Heat Budget


  • S1 - Symposium on seismological observation and interpretation
  • S2 - Large historical earthquakes in Africa, historical seismology, paleoseismicity
  • S3 - Seismicity, seismic hazard and regional co-operation in North Africa
  • S4 - Induced seismicity
  • S5 - Intraplate seismicity
  • S6 - Recent large earthquakes
  • S7 - Volcano seismology
  • S8 - Arrays, networks, instrumentation and stations in Africa
  • S9 - Extending land networks into the sea and oceans
  • S10 - Scientific and technical advances in seismology and their relevance to the CTBT
  • L1 - Structure and dynamics of the lithosphere: observations, modelling and laboratory constraints
  • L2 - East Africa Rift System
  • L3 - Illuminating the crust and upper mantle structure with large-scale seismic deployments
  • T1 - Tsunamis in Africa - Indian, Atlantic, Mediterranean Oceans
  • T2 - Leveraging ODP boreholes and submarine cables
  • E1 - Symposium on earthquake sources: modelling and monitoring for prediction
  • E2 - Geophysical anomalies and earthquake prediction
  • E3 - Prospective test of earthquake and faulting probability models
  • G1 - Earth structure and geodynamics
  • H1 - From heat flow to geothermal energy
  • H2 - Workshop: Geothermal studies: instruments, measurements, and interpretation
  • R1 - Earthquake hazard
  • R2 - Earthquake risk
  • R3 - workshop: Effects of surface geology
  • R4 - Seismic source modelling and ground motion prediction
  • R5 - Earthquake risk reduction and preparedness: socio- economic aspects, particularly in developing countries
  • A1 - Electromagnetic prospecting and crustal structures
  • A2 - Geochemical and geophysical signatures of diamond fields
  • O1 - Capacity building and attracting undergraduate students to geophysics/seismology
  • O2 - Discussion panels
  • Panel discussion 1 – Seismic hazard: living with uncertainty
  • Panel discussion 2 – Earthquake prediction: what the future holds


  • Resolution 1: Global Earthquake Model
  • Resolution 2: Reference Events for Improved Location
  • Resolution 3: International Registry of Seismic Stations
  • Resolution 4: Earthquake Forecasting and Predictability Studies
  • Resolution 5: Real-time data access
  • Resolution 6: Appreciation

IASPEI 2009 General Assembly conclusion