Community Fault Model Working Group

Working Group

Community Fault Model

The Community Fault Model (CFM) working group seeks to develop a comprehensive three-dimensional model of onshore and offshore crustal faults in the upper plate of the Cascadia subduction system as well as the megathrust plate boundary fault. Fault geometries, paleoseismic histories and other data that constrain fault activity will populate the CFM and provide data that are needed to characterize crustal fault hazards both on and offshore in Cascadia.  Crustal earthquakes in the North American upper plate and the Juan de Fuca lower plate of the Cascadia Subduction Zone represent the least well-constrained earthquake sources in Cascadia. Past studies indicate regional hazard from a shallow upper plate earthquake in the densely populated Puget-Willamette Lowland is similar to that of a megathrust M9 Cascadia Subduction Zone event.  

Image from the Washington Geological Survey (Washington State DNR)
Image from the Washington Geological Survey (Washington State DNR).

Major Activities


Community Product

Community Fault Model

The CFM will represent known onshore and offshore fault zones of the Pacific Northwest. Known faults will be included in CFM if they meet a set of community standards defined based on input from geologists and geophysicists in academia, state, and federal agencies and other stakeholders. The CFM will include the most detailed spatial representations of faults possible, kinematics, slip rates, relevant data, and other metadata. When possible the CFM will also include timing of past earthquakes and estimates of their source properties.

FAIR Science

Data, Code, Documentation, and Publications

CRESCENT is committed to open, reproducible science. The foundations upon which CFM community products are built can be found in the links provided below.


Data used to create CFM community products can be found at the link below.


Code used to create CFM community products can be found at the link below.


Documentation of CFM community products can be found at the link below.


Publications relevant to CFM community products can be found at the link below.

Meet The Team

CFM Membership

The Community Fault Model team comprises scientists specializing in on- and off-shore active fault mapping and characterization. Our backgrounds cross the subfields of structural geology, paleoseismology, tectonic-geomorphology, geophysics, and seismology. We work with data sources ranging from field data, lidar, sonar, seismic reflection, ground penetrating radar, existing published and unpublished geologic maps and fault characterizations and more. The CFM products group will provide new understanding of faulting and fault interactions, fault activity, and interaction with the Cascadia subduction zone. Join us to develop the community fault model and better understand fault rupture hazards in the PNW.

Colin Amos, Western Washington University

Colin Amos
Western Washington University

Ashley Streig, Portland State University

Ashley Streig
CFM Lead
Portland State University

Emily Roland, Western Washington University

Emily Roland
Western Washington University

Richard Styron
Global Earthquake Model

Alex Hatem
United States Geological Survey

Scott Bennett, United States Geological Survey

Scott Bennett
United States Geological Survey

Andrew Meigs, Oregon State University

Andrew Meigs
Oregon State University

Harold Tobin, University of Washington

Harold Tobin
University of Washington

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