Understanding earthquakes and their hazards
Subduction zones host the largest earthquakes on the planet. Their cascading consequences — strong shaking, tsunamis, landslides, liquefaction, fire — make them some of the most devastating natural hazards. As scientists, we strive to understand the important physical processes that drive convergent plate boundaries, like the Cascadia Subduction Zone. While these lines of inquiry have yielded some of the most important advances in solid Earth geosciences to date, subduction zones are complicated physical systems and understanding their dynamics, past, and future behavior is challenging. CRESCENT’s science program focuses broadly on developing a better understanding of the Cascadia Subduction Zone through focused collaborations between teams of scientists.
CRESCENT’s working groups are teams of scientists, engineers, and educators tasked with developing products that are required to close the gap between science and hazard. Some working groups will focus on synthesis and integration of existing data into community models that can be used in both basic and applied science applications. Other working groups will develop tools needed to advance our understanding of subduction zone processes in Cascadia. Each group meets regularly to ensure timely development of their tools and organizes training, and topical workshops. Working groups also collaborate to ensure consistency between their products.
Dynamic Rupture, Earthquake Cycle, and Tsunamis
Coupling, Seismicity, and Slow Slip
Three-day meetings devoted to disseminating and sharing CRESCENT-related science with a combination of keynote talks, short-format talks, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. These meetings will also feature several networking and career-building events for early-career attendees.
Ten topical workshops create opportunities for a broad variety of scientists, early career researchers, and graduate students to discuss CRESCENT goals and science challenges. ToWs represent a key forum for the working groups to interact with the community on topics such as data sources, new findings and observations, synthesis methodologies, product dissemination best practices, and other activities. Topical workshops will be organized around talks, free-form discussion, and breakouts and seek the broadest possible representation of academic participants, federal and state agency scientists, and stakeholders. The inclusion of students, postdocs, and early career scientists aligns with CRESCENT’s workforce development goals. Moreover, topical workshops offer a mechanism for identifying priorities for the seed grant program.
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Science Planning Committee
The Science Planning Committee oversees and facilitates CRESCENT’s ambitious scientific goals. It supports and manages the five center working groups, four special interest groups, cyberinfrastructure, and topical workshops.
University of Oregon
Oregon State University
Portland State University
United States Geological Survey