Special Issue "Evaluation of the Crustal Structure"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Snježana Markušić
Guest Editor
Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: Analysis of seismicity; earthquake location problem; historical earthquakes; definition of seismograph networks; determination of the lithosphere structure; earthquake magnitude; earthquake catalogue; assessment of local soil effects; seismic zoning; seismic hazard assessment

Special Issue Information

The Earth’s crust has profound implications for all aspects of the physical state and evolution of the planet. The crust also provides our natural resources and presents social challenges in the form of natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes).

Determination of the Earth’s crustal structure and depth and geometry of Mohorovičić's discontinuity is a primary task for seismological, geological, and geophysical studies, as well as a prerequisite for the successful application of many further analyses (e.g., earthquake location, seismic hazard assessment). Over the years, seismology and geology have greatly contributed to a better knowledge of the Earth’s outer shell structure. Further, examination of crustal geometry, deformation, and evolution using, e.g., seismic studies, field mapping, fracture analysis, petrography, and geochemical analysis allows discriminating between different crustal types and their features and defining structure heterogeneity (anisotropy and attenuation characterized by coda-Q value and spectral parameter kappa).

Advances in science and technology have resulted in higher resolution data, revealing a much richer and more complex picture of the Earth's crust, as well as generating many new questions. Among the outstanding questions are the age and physical properties of Mohorovičić's and mid-crustal seismic discontinuities, the possible presence of deep crustal fluids, the geometry of crustal faults at depth, crustal modification by lateral crustal flow, and the possible existence of pervasive crustal seismic anisotropy.

Prof. Dr. Snježana Markušić
Guest Editor

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  • Crustal structure
  • Mohorovičić's discontinuity
  • anisotropy
  • attenuation
  • seismic tomography
  • earthquake
  • spectral parameter kappa
  • coda-Q

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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