A Preview of the AIR Earthquake Models for Southeast Asia


This webinar, originally presented on 10 March, is a detailed discussion on AIR’s updated and expanded Southeast Asia Earthquake models. The 2004 Sumatra-Andaman M9.3 earthquake was a tragic reminder of the risk of tsunamis to countries in Southeast Asia. The waves were as high as 30 meters in places, and damage was massive. The AIR models feature probabilistic tsunami modelling for Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. The models also explicitly capture risk in several other Southeast Asian countries.

Apoorv Dabral, Ph.D.
Dr. Apoorv Dabral is a Manager within AIR's Research and Modeling group. While at AIR, he has been primarily involved in the development of the wind vulnerability functions for the Caribbean territories. Before joining AIR, he developed the wind vulnerability functions for the U.S. and Asia Pacific region at another modeling firm. He also participated in post-disaster damage surveys for the 2008 California Wildfires. Dr. Dabral earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Pune University, India and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. His Ph.D. research involved the development of a probabilistic damage model for metal buildings. While at Texas Tech, he participated in damage surveys for hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


Elliot Klein, Ph.D.
Dr. Elliot Klein is a Seismologist in AIR’s Research and Modeling group. He has been involved in updating AIR’s earthquake models for Canada, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Elliot was a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he worked on the Global Geodetic Strain Rate Model, now a major component of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). Elliot has a Ph.D. in Geodynamics from Stony Brook University.


Mesut Turel, Ph.D.
Senior Engineer
Dr. Mesut Turel is a Senior Engineer in AIR’s Research and Modeling group. Mesut’s most recent project was managing the update of AIR’s Earthquake Models for South America. He is currently responsible for developing and implementing the landslide component for the upcoming AIR Earthquake Model for United States. Prior to this he was responsible for the liquefaction and landslide components for the AIR Earthquake Model for Canada, as well as for developing the liquefaction components for the Japan, South America, and Southeast Asia earthquake models. Before joining AIR, Mesut worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Assistant for Georgia Institute of Technology, where he developed a GIS-based, earthquake-induced landslide hazard analysis and prediction system. He earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Mesut also earned an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, where he designed and conducted tests for measuring distributed tensile strains on geosynthetics using Brillouin scattering fiber optic sensors.



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