Seismic activity in the western part of the Arabian peninsula


Project Description

Earthquakes that can be felt in the western part of the Arabian peninsula occur along the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aqaba and several volcanic fields. Deep knowledge of the seismic activity is fundamental to understand geodynamic processes such as continental rift and seafloor spreading but also to assess the seismic hazard that threatens Saudi Arabia’s megaprojects such as NEOM and the Red Sea Development. In this project, you will contribute to advancing our understanding of the processes causing the current seismic activity in the study area. To do so, you will perform one or more of the following tasks: + seismic catalog analysis (Gutenberg–Richter distribution for estimation of b-value and magnitude of completeness); + estimation of Vp/Vs ratio from arrival-times of P and S waves; + estimation of minimum 1-D velocity model for earthquake locations; + applications of clustering algorithms to map seismically active faults; + development of a workflow for OBS data processing.
Program - Earth Science and Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
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Field of Study - Seismology

About the

Paul Martin Mai

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering

Paul Martin Mai
Research Interests
  • Multi-scale earthquake phenomena: from data-driven experimental studies to HPC-enabled forward simulations
  • Physics-based ground-motion simulations for seismic & tsunami hazard applications
  • Seismic waves in inhomogeneous media: scattering simulations and imaging Earth structure 
  • Engineering seismology, seismic hazard assessment, and coupled natural hazards (tsunamis, landslides)
  • Geothermal energy for Saudi Arabia: low-enthalpy geothermal energy system in Red Sea rift basins

Desired Project Deliverables

A report with the main results of the research conducted during the internship


Programming (python preferred)
Programming (python preferred)