Second Circular
Seventh Gulf Seismic Forum
Seismology and Earthquake Engineeringin the Arabian Gulf Region
January 22-25, 2012
Saudi Geological Survey
Jeddah,Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Geological Survey will host and organize the seventh Gulf Seismic Forum (GSF2012) that will be held from January 22 to 25, 2012.  GSF 2012 aims at advancing and communicating research related to earthquake seismology, earthquake hazards, risk and its mitigation, earthquake engineering, and the tectonics of the Arabian plate and surrounding regions.  Participation is encouraged by all who have an interest in any one of these areas.  Participation by students and professionals in the early stages of their career is especially welcomed.

Preliminary Schedule

Day 1:  3 Workshops:
1.HAZUS hazard assessment program (Dr. D. Bausch, FEMA).
2.Moment tensor inversion software package (Dr. R.B. Herrmann, SLU)
3.Volcanism and seismicity in monogenetic lava fields (Dr. R. Moufti, KAAU)

Day 2-3:  Oral and Poster technical sessions:
1. Seismicity and tectonics of the Middle East
2. Seismic risk, disaster management and mitigation
3. Seismic hazards and zoning studies
4. Seismic networks, data processing and management of seismological data
5. Earthquake engineering
6. Early warning systems and seismic safety of critical facilities
7. Induced seismicity
8. Volcanic hazards
Day 4:  The Saudi Geological Survey will organize a scientific field trip to northern Harrat Rahat (the location of the historic volcano-seismic activity in 1256 AD).

The language of the forum will be English.  There will be 3 parallel technical sessions on January 23 and 24, with 2 sessions in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.  Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long, with keynote addresses of 30 minutes duration. 

Scientific committee
1.  Martin Mai, martin.mai@kaust.edu.sa (KAUST)
2.  Hani Zahran, Zahran.hm@sgs.org.sa (SGS)
3.  Keith Nakanishi, keith.nakanishi@gmail.com (LLNL)
4.  Salah El-Hadidy, el_hadidy.sy@sgs.org.sa  (SGS)
5.  Rashad Moufti, mrmoufti@gmail.com (KAAU)
5.  Talal Mokhtar , tmokhtar@kau.edu.sa (KAAU)
6.  Ian C.F. Stewart , Stewart.IC@sgs.org.sa    (SGS)
7.  Khaled al-Damegh, kdamegh@kacst.edu.sa   (KACST)
8.  Abdullah Al-Enezi, aenezi@safat.kisr.edu.ku   (KISR)
9.  Ali Al-Lazki,  lazki@squ-edu.om (Sultan Qaboos University)



The Forum exhibition will include equipment by manufacturers as well as displays by organizations concerned with earthquake monitoring, hazards and safety.  A light breakfast as well as lunch will be provided each day for attendees.  There will be a formal opening ceremony and dinner on January 22 and a closing dinner on January 24.
General information
The weather in Jeddah in January is generally pleasant, typically ranging from 19oC to 29oC over a whole day, with a slight chance of rain.

Important dates

September 30, 2011:  Abstract submission deadline
October 31, 2011:       Author notification
December 31, 2011:   Deadline for registration

GSF-2012 main contact
Hani M. Zahran
National Centre for Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Saudi Geological Survey
Phone: 966-(0)2-619 5000  ext. 2444
GSF-2012 website:   http://7gsf.info/
The website has links to the registration and abstract forms.
GSF-2012 email:   gsf7_info@sgs.org.sa
Registration forms should be sent to:  gsf7_info@sgs.org.sa
Abstract submission
Abstracts should be sent to:   gsf7_abstracts@sgs.org.sa


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For more information, please contact:
Hani M. Zahran
National Centre for Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Saudi Geological Survey