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The Possibility of Earthquake Forecasting

Learning from nature
Sergey Pulinets, Dimitar Ouzounov


The Possibility of Earthquake Forecasting uses a holistic approach to address the problems of earthquake forecasting, demonstrating the earthquake preparation process as a complex system that relies on the interaction of different geospheres. The purpose of the book is to widen the understanding of the earthquake preparation process and to inform the audience that not only seismometers are necessary for earthquake forecasting. It illustrates how applications of space technologies like remote sensing in situ measurements and GPS TEC provide rich information on the process and help to conclude that the earthquake is coming. The authors explain the physical nature of the observed pre-earthquake anomalies and how their approach is working by utilizing rich illustrations of precursory phenomena in different geospheres.

About Editors

Sergey Pulinets graduated from the Physical Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University. He received his PhD at the Pushkov Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radiowave Propagation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IZMIRAN) where he worked for 30 years. Beginning in the 1990s, his scientific interests turned to the studies of the physical precursors of earthquakes and the mechanisms of their generation. As a senior scientist at the Institue of Geophysics of UNAM he spent several years in Mexico studying these phenomena in seismically active regions of Mexico and, together with Dr Boyarchuk, published the monograph Ionospheric Precursors of Earthquakes in 2004. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (SCES). As an invited professor or lecturer he has presented his research and lecture courses in Taiwan, Japan, Pakistan, and the USA. Pulinets is an individual member of the International Union of Radio Sciences (URSI), and a full member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Dimitar Ouzounov received his PhD in geophysics at the Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Since October 2009, he has been an associate professor in geophysics at the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling & Observations, Chapman University, Orange, CA. He became a guest investigator for two satellite missions to study electromagnetic signals from space in relation to earthquake and volcanoes – the French DEMETER (2004) and the Chines CSES1 (2017). He is the author of about 200 papers and conference proceedings, and he has co-authored two other books with Pulinets on pre-earthquake processes and on earthquake precursors in the atmosphere and ionosphere.

Table of Contents



1. What means short-term earthquake forecast?

2. Earthquake Precursors

3. Short-term physical precursors and their association with earth inter-geospheres interaction

4. Multiparameter exploration of pre-EQ phenomena

5. Principles of physical based short-term EQ forecast


Hardback ISBN: 9780750312493

Ebook ISBN: 9780750312486

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1248-6

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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