Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/8422
AuthorsTheodulidis, Nikos* 
Cultrera, Giovanna* 
Tento, Alberto* 
Faeh, Donat* 
Atakan, Kuvvet* 
Bard, Pierre-Yves* 
Panou, Areti* 
Haghshenas, Ebrahim* 
SESAME Team* 
TitleEMPIRICAL EVALUATION OF THE HORIZONTAL-TO-VERTICAL SPECTRAL RATIO TECHNIQUE: RESULTS FROM THE “SESAME” PROJECT
Issue Date1-Aug-2004
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/2122/8422
KeywordsSesame project, H/V spectral ratio, empirical evaluation
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.04. Ground motion 
04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.06. Surveys, measurements, and monitoring 
04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.09. Waves and wave analysis 
04. Solid Earth::04.06. Seismology::04.06.11. Seismic risk 
AbstractIn order to empirically evaluate the horizontal-to-vertical (H/V) spectral ratio technique, ambient noise measurements performed in about two hundred sites mainly in Europe where weak or/and strong motion data was recorded. Standard Information Sheets (SIS) and earthquake information data were included in the SESAME [Site EffectS assessment using AMbient Excitations] project database, specially designed to facilitate data selection. All noise recordings were processed with JSESAME software to calculate (H/V) spectral ratio, whereas weak and strong motion earthquake recordings were processed with a similarly standardized procedure. For the latter, (H/V) receiver function for all sites were calculated. Experimental site transfer functions obtained from earthquake recordings were compared with the (H/V) spectral ratios from noise recordings in terms of fundamental frequency, amplification bandwidth and amplification level. Similarities and differences between (H/V) spectral ratio of noise and earthquake recordings are presented and discussed. In addition, a dense grid of noise measurements were performed within urban environment of cities affected by strong earthquake (Greece: Thessaloniki, Kalamata, Italy: Palermo). It seems that the (H/V) spectral ratio may satisfactorily indicate areas favorable to the occurrence of higher damage in urban environment. However, quantitative correlation between (H/V) spectral ratio properties and damage distribution (macroseismic intensity, damage grades) in some cases, is difficult to be established given the complexity of parameters involved.
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