Cooperative Agreement for CESU-affiliated Partner with Californian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

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All of California
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This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program. CESU’s are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the Californian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.

The USGS is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research on tectonically active continental margins. Specifically, we seek to understand linkages between subaqueous tectonic geomorphology, tsunami generations and fault damage zones through a cross-disciplinary collaboration. The USGS is interested in developing observational frameworks that tie earthquake physics and the constitutive properties of active fault zones, to 3D structure and geomorphology. The extent of distributed damage surrounding faults affects an earthquake’s propagation, its associated strong motion, and perhaps even the distribution of slip, aftershocks, and slope failure around the fault. The goals of this study are part of the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Programs (CMHRP) mission to identify and characterize marine geohazards (earthquakes, tsunamis, and submarine landslides) and to develop probabilistic hazard assessments for the nation. In addition, results from this study will provide information and data valuable to the offshore energy industry (both conventional and renewables), offshore municipal wastewater infrastructure, and maritime commerce associated with major ports.

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