Beroza named to seismic commission

Greg Beroza

Stanford geophysics Professor GREG BEROZA has been appointed by California Gov. JERRY BROWN to the state’s Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission.

Established in 1975, the 20-member commission investigates earthquakes, researches earthquake-related issues, and reports and recommends policies and programs needed to reduce earthquake risk to the governor and the legislature. Its duties range from managing California’s Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and reviewing seismic activities funded by the state to proposing and reviewing earthquake-related legislation and recommending earthquake safety programs to governmental agencies and the private sector.

A fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Beroza is the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1990 and has been chair of the Geophysics Department since 2008. He heads the Earthquake Seismology Group, where he develops and applies techniques for analyzing seismograms in order to understand how earthquakes work and to help quantify the hazards they pose.

Working with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, he developed a new approach to predict earthquake shaking. The method uses seismic waves present in Earth at all times to construct virtual earthquakes that can predict variations in the strength of shaking during real earthquakes.

Read the full announcement on the School of Earth Sciences website.