Earthquake Hazards Program

In cooperation with Earthscope, UNAVCO, the National Science Foundation and the Geological Survey of Canada

U.S. Geological Survey
Open-File Report 2008-1343
version 1.0

Report on the Aseismic Slip, Tremor, and Earthquakes Workshop

By Joan Gomberg, Evelyn Roeloffs, Anne Trehu, Herb Dragert, and Charles Meertens


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This report summarizes the discussions and information presented during the workshop on Aseismic Slip, Tremor, and Earthquakes. Workshop goals included improving coordination among those involved in conducting research related to these phenomena, assessing the implications for earthquake hazard assessment, and identifying ways to capitalize on the education and outreach opportunities presented by these phenomena. Research activities of focus included making, disseminating, and analyzing relevant measurements; the relationships among tremor, aseismic or “slow-slip”, and earthquakes; and discovering the underlying causative physical processes. More than 52 participants contributed to the workshop, held February 25–28, 2008 in Sidney, British Columbia. The workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation’s Earthscope Program and UNAVCO Consortium, and the Geological Survey of Canada.

This report has five parts. In the first part, we integrate the information exchanged at the workshop as it relates to advancing our understanding of earthquake generation and hazard. In the second part, we summarize the ideas and concerns discussed in workshop working groups on Opportunities for Education and Outreach, Data and Instrumentation, User and Public Needs, and Research Coordination. The third part presents summaries of the oral presentations. The oral presentations are grouped as they were at the workshop in the categories of phenomenology, underlying physical processes, and implications for earthquake hazards. The fourth part contains the meeting program and the fifth part lists the workshop participants. References noted in parentheses refer to the authors of presentations made at the workshop, and published references are noted in square brackets and listed in the Reference section. Appendix A contains abstracts of all participant presentations and posters, which also have been posted online, along with presentations and author contact information at

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For questions about this report, contact Joan Gomberg.

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