Earthquake scientists convene in Reno for premiere annual convention

Seismological Society of America’s annual meeting to address latest earthquake research

Fire Camera at Lake Tahoe

Graham Kent and Ken Smith of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Seismological Laboratory show off one of the multi-hazard monitoring stations at Lake Tahoe.

Earthquake scientists convene in Reno for premiere annual convention

Seismological Society of America’s annual meeting to address latest earthquake research

Graham Kent and Ken Smith of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Seismological Laboratory show off one of the multi-hazard monitoring stations at Lake Tahoe.

Fire Camera at Lake Tahoe

Graham Kent and Ken Smith of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Seismological Laboratory show off one of the multi-hazard monitoring stations at Lake Tahoe.

More than 800 seismology researchers from around the world will be in Reno April 20-22 for the premier gathering of scientists at the Seismological Society of America's annual meeting.

This year's convention includes 23 special sessions on induced seismology, tsunami predictions, large fault zones, earthquake risk predictions, and a newly added session on the January 2016 Alaska Iniskin earthquake. There will be 303 oral presentations and 36 sessions in total for the three-day conference.

Graham Kent, director, and Kenneth Smith, network administrator, of the University of Nevada, Reno's Nevada Seismological Laboratory in the College of Science, are this year's joint program chairs. Kent is also this year's featured Public Policy Luncheon Talk speaker Thursday, April 21. He will speak about the successful AlertTahoe fire camera system, a private, microwave-based "all-hazards" network of HD cameras that has grown to include the new BLM camera system and been the model for upgrades to the Southern California fire network system. The system, which piggybacks on the Nevada statewide seismic network, is used for early detection of wildland fires, extreme weather and earthquakes around Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada - and has already proven its worth in a short time.

Two field trips are offered for participants, a tour of earthquake faults at Lake Tahoe and an-all day tour of the Dixie Valley fault, site of Nevada's largest earthquake.

The 2016 Annual Meeting events will be held at the Peppermill Spa and Resort. Visit the SSA meeting site[seismosoc.org] to learn more.

As a prelude to the annual SSA meeting, Kent is also hosting the Earthquake Economic Resiliency Forum on April 19 where international experts will join with local seismologists in the public forum to inform the region on the dangers and probabilities of devastating earthquakes and how to recover economically as a region.

The Earthquake Resiliency forum is at the Eldorado Resort Casino from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, and is free and open to the public, and pre-registration is required. Please register by emailing Erik Williams at eswilliams@unr.edu.

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