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GIS-Based Mapping of Seismic Parameters for the Pyrenees

Department of Graphic Engineering, University of Seville, 41092 Seville, Spain
National Geographic Institute of Spain, Andalusia Division, 41013 Seville, Spain
Geographic Information System Group, Department of Business and IT, University of Southeast Norway, Gulbringvegen 36, N-3800 Bø i Telemark, Norway
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(7), 452;
Received: 11 June 2020 / Revised: 3 July 2020 / Accepted: 15 July 2020 / Published: 17 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geo-Informatics in Resource Management)
In the present paper, three of the main seismic parameters, maximum magnitude -Mmax, b-value, and annual rate -AR, have been studied for the Pyrenees range in southwest Europe by a Geographic Information System (GIS). The main aim of this work is to calculate, represent continuously, and analyze some of the most crucial seismic indicators for this belt. To this end, an updated and homogenized Poissonian earthquake catalog has been generated, where the National Geographic Institute of Spain earthquake catalog has been considered as a starting point. Herein, the details about the catalog compilation, the magnitude homogenization, the declustering of the catalog, and the analysis of the completeness, are exposed. When the catalog has been produced, a GIS tool has been used to drive the parameters’ calculations and representations properly. Different grids (0.5 × 0.5° and 1 × 1°) have been created to depict a continuous map of these parameters. The b-value and AR have been obtained that take into account different pairs of magnitude–year of completeness. Mmax has been discretely obtained (by cells). The analysis of the results shows that the Central Pyrenees (mainly from Arudy to Bagnères de Bigorre) present the most pronounced seismicity in the range. View Full-Text
Keywords: seismic parameters; GIS; seismicity; spatial analysis; b-value; earthquake catalog seismic parameters; GIS; seismicity; spatial analysis; b-value; earthquake catalog
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Amaro-Mellado, J.L.; Tien Bui, D. GIS-Based Mapping of Seismic Parameters for the Pyrenees. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 452.

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