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Geodetic Network Design and Optimization on the Active Tuzla Fault (Izmir, Turkey) for Disaster Management
Bogazici University, Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Geodesy Department, Cengelkoy, 34680, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Technical University, Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering, Surveying Technique Division, Maslak, 34469, Istanbul, Turkey
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Received: 31 March 2008; in revised form: 29 July 2008 / Accepted: 30 July 2008 / Published: 19 August 2008
Abstract: Both seismological and geodynamic research emphasize that the Aegean Region, which comprises the Hellenic Arc, the Greek mainland and Western Turkey is the most seismically active region in Western Eurasia. The convergence of the Eurasian and African lithospheric plates forces a westward motion on the Anatolian plate relative to the Eurasian one. Western Anatolia is a valuable laboratory for Earth Science research because of its complex geological structure. Izmir is a large city in Turkey with a population of about 2.5 million that is at great risk from big earthquakes. Unfortunately, previous geodynamics studies performed in this region are insufficient or cover large areas instead of specific faults. The Tuzla Fault, which is aligned trending NE–SW between the town of Menderes and Cape Doganbey, is an important fault in terms of seismic activity and its proximity to the city of Izmir. This study aims to perform a large scale investigation focusing on the Tuzla Fault and its vicinity for better understanding of the region's tectonics. In order to investigate the crustal deformation along the Tuzla Fault and Izmir Bay, a geodetic network has been designed and optimizations were performed. This paper suggests a schedule for a crustal deformation monitoring study which includes research on the tectonics of the region, network design and optimization strategies, theory and practice of processing. The study is also open for extension in terms of monitoring different types of fault characteristics. A one-dimensional fault model with two parameters – standard strike-slip model of dislocation theory in an elastic half-space – is formulated in order to determine which sites are suitable for the campaign based geodetic GPS measurements. Geodetic results can be used as a background data for disaster management systems.
Keywords: Crustal Deformation; Tuzla Fault; Network Design and Optimization; Seismic Hazard; GPS sensors
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Halicioglu, K.; Ozener, H. Geodetic Network Design and Optimization on the Active Tuzla Fault (Izmir, Turkey) for Disaster Management. Sensors 2008, 8, 4742-4757.
Halicioglu K, Ozener H. Geodetic Network Design and Optimization on the Active Tuzla Fault (Izmir, Turkey) for Disaster Management. Sensors. 2008; 8(8):4742-4757.
Halicioglu, Kerem; Ozener, Haluk. 2008. "Geodetic Network Design and Optimization on the Active Tuzla Fault (Izmir, Turkey) for Disaster Management." Sensors 8, no. 8: 4742-4757.