Ricardo Taborda Research

 PGV for M 7.8 Scenario Earthquake in Southern California

My research focuses on studying the response of the ground motion during strong earthquakes and their effects on urban infrastructure, through analysis and simulation. I use data from past events and numerical methods to understand and model multi-scale earthquake systems in and end-to-end approach, from the source to the response of structures such as buildings. I employ signal processing techniques to analyze data and finite element methods to solve forward wave-propagation problems at local and regional scales, and perform simulations using high-performance (parallel) computing applications developed for reproducing realistic ground-motion wavefields in highly heterogeneous crustal structures that include soft sedimentary deposits.

I also use real data recorded during earthquakes for verification and validation. The comparisons between results from simulations and data are used to improve our modeling approaches and understand how the ground motion characteristics are shaped by source, path, and site effects. I am also interested in modeling systems that incorporate the presence of the built environment. This involves coupling simplified engineering models of structures with ground motion simulations in order to understand the interactions that exist between the two, as well as both individual soil-structure and collective site-city interaction effects.

Taborda Research

Ultimately, my research goal is to predict the impact of earthquakes in urban regions near active seismic zones to prevent or reduce the socio-economical effects of natural disasters.

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