00903 - Seismology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Paolo Gasperini (Modulo 1) Alberto Armigliato (Modulo 2) Jacopo Selva (Modulo 3)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2) Traditional lectures (Modulo 3)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Physics of the Earth System (cod. 8626)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student knows the phenomenology and the main data that characterize the great earthquakes and seismic cycles and learns the methods of seismic hazard assessment.

Course contents

Module 1 - Paolo Gasperini
Location and magnitude
Focal mechanisms
Statistical properties of occurrence
Deterministic forecast

Module 2 - Alberto Armigliato
Empirical distribution of seismic and seismic-induced phenomenologies
Notes on Ground Motion Prediction Equations (GMPE)
Land liquefaction induced by earthquakes
Instability of slopes induced by earthquakes
Tsunamis generated by earthquakes

Module 3 - Jacopo Selva
Hazard and probability risk quantification (PHA and PRA)
Decision making and space-time scales
Random and epistemic uncertainties
Seismic and tsunami hazard of long-term seismic origin (PSHA and S-PTHA)
Early warning
Multi-hazard and multi-risk



E. Boschi - M. Dragoni

Lesson slides

Teaching methods

Class lectures

Assessment methods

Oral exam of about 45 minutes

Teaching tools

Computer presentations

Office hours

See the website of Paolo Gasperini

See the website of Alberto Armigliato

See the website of Jacopo Selva


Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.