Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/1216
AuthorsMusson, R. M. W. 
TitleThe use of Monte Carlo simulations for seismic hazard assessment in the U.K.
Issue DateFeb-2000
Series/Report no.43/1
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/2122/1216
KeywordsSeismic hazard
Monte Carlo simulation
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.11. Seismic risk 
AbstractThe input required for a seismic hazard study using conventional Probabilistic Seismic Hazard assessment (PSHA) methods can also be used for probabilistic analysis of hazard using Monte Carlo simulation methods. This technique is very flexible, and seems to be under-represented in the literature. It is very easy to modify the form of the seismicity model used, for example, to introduce non-Poissonian behaviour, without extensive reprogramming. Uncertainty in input parameters can also be modelled very flexibly - for example, by the use of a standard deviation rather than by the discrete branches of a logic tree. In addition (and this advantage is perhaps not as trivial as it may sound) the simplicity of the method means that its principles can be grasped by the layman, which is useful when results have to be explained to people outside the seismological/engineering communities, such as planners and politicians. In this paper, some examples of the Monte Carlo method in action are shown in the context of a low to moderate seismicity area: the United Kingdom.
Appears in Collections:Annals of Geophysics

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
01.pdf3.55 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
Show full item record

Page view(s)

291
checked on May 27, 2017

Download(s)

1,222
checked on May 27, 2017

Google ScholarTM

Check