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Sci. Dril., 23, 57-63, 2017
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Workshop report
30 Nov 2017
Scientific Exploration of Induced SeisMicity and Stress (SEISMS)
Heather M. Savage1, James D. Kirkpatrick2, James J. Mori3, Emily E. Brodsky4, William L. Ellsworth5, Brett M. Carpenter6, Xiaowei Chen6, Frédéric Cappa7, and Yasuyuki Kano3 1Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA
2Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, 3450 University St., Montréal, QC H3A 0E8, Canada
3Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
4Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California 95064, USA
5Department of Geophysics, Stanford University, 397 Panama Mall, Stanford, California 94305-2215, USA
6School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA
7CNRS, OCA, IRD, Géoazur, Sophia Antipolis, France
Abstract. Several major fault-drilling projects have captured the interseismic and postseismic periods of earthquakes. However, near-field observations of faults immediately before and during an earthquake remain elusive due to the unpredictable nature of seismicity. The Scientific Exploration of Induced SeisMicity and Stress (SEISMS) workshop met in March 2017 to discuss the value of a drilling experiment where a fault is instrumented in advance of an earthquake induced through controlled fluid injection. The workshop participants articulated three key issues that could most effectively be addressed by such an experiment: (1) predictive understanding of the propensity for seismicity in reaction to human forcing, (2) identification of earthquake nucleation processes, and (3) constraints on the factors controlling earthquake size. A systematic review of previous injection experiments exposed important observational gaps in all of these areas. The participants discussed the instrumentation and technological needs as well as faults and tectonic areas that are feasible from both a societal and scientific standpoint.

Citation: Savage, H. M., Kirkpatrick, J. D., Mori, J. J., Brodsky, E. E., Ellsworth, W. L., Carpenter, B. M., Chen, X., Cappa, F., and Kano, Y.: Scientific Exploration of Induced SeisMicity and Stress (SEISMS), Sci. Dril., 23, 57-63,, 2017.
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The Scientific Exploration of Induced SeisMicity and Stress (SEISMS) meeting brought together earthquake scientists from around the world. Discussion focused on field-scale experiments for understanding earthquake nucleation, propagation, and arrest.
The Scientific Exploration of Induced SeisMicity and Stress (SEISMS) meeting brought together...