Modern scientific investigations of earthquakes began in the 1880s, and the International Association of Seismology was organized in 1901 to promote collaboration of scientists and engineers in studying earthquakes. The International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, under the auspices of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI), was prepared by leading experts under a distinguished international advisory board and team of editors.

The content is organized into 56 chapters and includes over 430 figures, 24 of which are in color.

This large-format, comprehensive reference summarizes well-established facts, reviews relevant theories, surveys useful methods and techniques, and documents and archives basic seismic data. It will be the authoritative reference for scientists and engineers and a quick and handy reference for seismologists.

Also available is The International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, Part B.

All disc-based content for this title is now available on the Web.

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Geophysicists, engineers, seismologists, and geologists in academia and industry.

Table of Contents

PART A PART I. History and Prefatory Essays 01. History of Seismology (D. C. Agnew) 02. Historical View of Earthquake Engineering (G. W. Housner) 03. The Jesuit Contribution to Seismology (A. Udias and W. Stauder) 04. International Seismology (R. D. Adams) 05. Synthesis of Earthquake Science Information and Its Public Transfer: a history of the Southern California Earthquake Center (K. Aki) 06. Continental Drift, Sea-floor Spreading, and Plate/Plume Tectonics (S. Uyeda) 07. Earthquake Mechanisms and Plate Tectonics (S. Stein and E. Klosko) PART II. Theoretical Seismology 08. Theoretical Seismology: An introduction (A. Udias). 09. Seismic Ray Theory and Finite Frequency Extensions (C. H. Chapman) 10. Normal Modes of the Earth and Planets (P. Lognonne and E. Clevede) 11. Inversion of Surface Waves: A review (B. Romanowicz) 12. Earthquake Dynamics (R. Madariaga and K. B. Olsen) 13. Scattering and Attenuation of Seismic Waves in the Lithosphere (H. Sato, M. Fehler, and R. S. Wu) 14. Earthquakes as a Complex System (D. L. Turcotte and B. D. Malamud) 15. Physics of Earthquakes (R. Teisseyre and E. Majewski) 16. Probabilistic Approach to Inverse Problems (K. Mosegaard and A. Tarantola) PART III. Observational Seismology 17. Seismic Monitoring: a personal overview (W. H. K. Lee) 18. Seismometry (E. Wielandt) 19. Seismic Noise on Land and on the Seafloor (S. C. Webb) 20. U. S. Contribution to Digital Global Seismograph Networks (C. R. Hutt, H. F. Bolton, and L. G. Holcomb) 21. The Structure and Interpretation of Seismograms (O. Kulhanek) 22. Analysis of Digital Earthquake Signals (F. Scherbaum) 23. Seismome


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About the editors

Paul Jennings

Affiliations and Expertise

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.

Carl Kisslinger

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Colorado, Boulder, U.S.A.

Hiroo Kanamori

Affiliations and Expertise

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.


"...the Handbook gives a comprehensive picture of the state of the art of seismology at the beginning of the 21st century and, undoubtedly, it will be highly appreciated by the world seismological community." Russian Academy of Sciences, National Geophysical Committee. November 2003 "Monumental in scope, authoritative in treatment, and historic in impact, the International Handbook of Earthquake and Engineering Seismology will be the most important source book for seismology and its applications for years to come. This is one of those exceptional books that libraries and professionals from academia, industry, and government cannot do without." -Frank Press, President Emeritus, US National Academy of Sciences "The International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology is an impressive and comprehensive collection of articles by leaders in their fields. It is sure to be a valuable resource for students, research workers and practitioners who need a broad, reliable and up-to-date source of information and knowledge in seismological fields. -George W. Housner, Professor Emeritus, California Institute of Technology "...of great interest to practicing engineers and researchers alike...a highly valuable source of helpful information for years to come in enhancing public and industrial safety worldwide." -William J. Hall, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign "Great credit goes to the Editors for attracting...the most experienced and highly regarded experts from more than 50 countries to participate in this comprehensive and truly international work. It covers not only the history of our science, but leads to the present day frontiers of our knowledge." -Hans Berckhemer, Past President of IASPEI, from the Foreword