The Seismic Cycle

From Observation to Modeling

SCIENCES - Dynamics of the Continental Lithosphere

The Seismic Cycle

Edited by

Frédérique Rolandone, Sorbonne University, France

ISBN : 9781789450385

Publication Date : September 2022

Hardcover 356 pp

165.00 USD



The study of the seismic cycle has many applications, from the study of faulting to the estimation of seismic hazards. It must be considered at different timescales, from that of an earthquake, the co-seismic phase (a few seconds), the post seismic phase (from months to dozens of years) and the inter-seismic phase (from dozens to hundreds of years), up to cumulative deformations due to several seismic cycles (from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of years).

The Seismic Cycle uses many different tools to approach its subject matter, from short-term geodesic, such as GPS and InSAR, and seismological observations to long-term tectonic, geomorphological, morphotectonic observations, including those related to paleoseismology. Various modeling tools such as analog experiences, experimental approaches and mechanical modeling are also examined.

Different tectonic contexts are considered when engaging with the seismic cycle, from continental strike-slip faults to subduction zones such as the Chilean, Mexican and Ecuadorian zones. The interactions between the seismic cycle and magmatism in rifts and interactions with erosion in mountain chains are also discussed.


1. Determining the Main Characteristics of Earthquakes from Seismological Data by Martin Vallée.
2. Co-Seismic Phase: Imaging the Seismic Rupture by Zacharie Duputel.
3. The Post-seismic Phase: Geodetic Observations and Mechanisms by Frédérique Rolandone.
4. Friction Laws and Numerical Modeling of the Seismic Cycle by Marion Thomas and Harsha Bhat.
5. The Seismic Cycle of the Cilean Subduction: Mega-earthquakes, Seismic Gap and Coupling by Christophe Vigny and Emilie Klein.
6. The Mexican Subduction Seismic Cycle: Highliting the Key Role Played by Transient Deformations by Mathilde Radiguet.
7. Forearc Topography: Mirror of Megathrust Rupture Properties by Nadaya Cubas.
8. The Diking Cycle at Divergent Plate Boundaries by Cécile Doubre.
9. Interactions Between Tectonic Deformation and Erosion During the Seismic Cycle in Moutain Ranges by Philippe Steer.
10. Cumulative Deformation, Long-term Slip-rate and Seismic Cycle of Intra-continental Strike-slip Faults by Jérôme Van Der Woerd.
11. Paleoseismology by Yann Klinger.
12. Analog Modeling of the Seismic Cycle and Earthquake Dynamics by Stéphane Dominguez.

About the authors

Frédérique Rolandone is Associate Professor at Sorbonne University, France, where she teaches both undergraduate and masters students. Her research focuses on the mechanics of faults and the seismic cycle based on the modeling of spatial geodesy measurements.