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May 4 Provost’s Lecture: Challenges in Real-time Earthquake Shaking and Impact Estimation

David wald
David Wald

David Wald is a prominent seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Golden, Colorado. He is leading the research, management, operations and development for the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) and the Advanced National Seismic System, such as “Did You Feel It?” and “ShakeMap.” ​​He serves as editor-in-chief of Earthquake Spectra and is on the Board of Directors for the Seismological Society of America (SSA) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). He is the recipient of the EERI/SSA William B. Joyner Lecture Award and the USGS Shoemaker Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Estimating impacts due to earthquakes requires the direct interface of seismological and civil engineering expertise and tools. Both endeavors require considering uncertain models and data, as the main components of loss estimation involve inherent uncertainties. Fortunately, advancements in remote sensing, rapid in situ monitoring and impact reporting, and machine learning allow for innovative data-fusion strategies that should help significantly improve the accuracy and spatial resolution of rapid shaking and loss estimates. In this lecture, Wald will present a seismological and earthquake engineering view of future earthquake response and recovery in which initial impact estimates — as well as secondary hazards — are rapidly supplemented with crowd-sourced and remotely sensed observations that are integrated holistically. 

This Provost’s Lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Geosciences, will be held on Wednesday, May 4, at 2 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is on a first-come basis. For more information, please email

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