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Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes and the generation and propagation of elastic waves through the Earth or other planetary bodies. It also includes studies of earthquake environmental effects such as tsunamis as well as diverse seismic sources such as volcanic, tectonic, glacial, fluvial, oceanic microseism, atmospheric, and artificial processes such as explosions and human activities. A related field that uses geology to infer information regarding past earthquakes is paleoseismology. A recording of Earth motion as a function of time, created by a seismograph is called a seismogram. A seismologist is a scientist works in basic or applied seismology.

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Organizations relating to Seismology

International Association for Earthquake Engineering / Tokyo, Japan / Est. 1963
Centro Regional de Sismologia para América del Sur / Lima, Peru / Est. 1966
IASPEI/IAVCEI Joint Commission on Physics and Chemistry of Earth Materials / Miami FL, USA / Est. 1996
IASPEI/IAVCEI Commission on Volcano Seismology / Leeds, UK / Est. 1995
European Centre for Geodynamics and Seismology / Walferdange, Luxembourg / Est. 1988
ASEAN Earthquake Information Centre / Jakarta, Indonesia / Est. 2000
Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission / Sao Paulo, Brazil / Est. 2012
Global Earthquake Model Foundation / Pavia, Italy / Est. 2009
Global Volcano Model Network / Bristol, UK
Global Volcanism Network / Washington DC, USA
International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology / Teheran, Iran Islamic Rep / Est. 1989
Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Evaluation and Prevention of Seismic Risk / Rabat, Morocco / Est. 1995
World Agency of Planetary Monitoring and Earthquake Risk Reduction / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 2001
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1984
Observatorio Sismológico del Sur Occidente / Cali, Colombia / Est. 1987
Seismological Society of the South-West Pacific / Est. 1967
International Seismological Association / Est. 1905
Central International Bureau of Seismology
Africa Seismological Commission / Pretoria, South Africa / Est. 2011
Asociación Latinoamericana de Volcanologia / Est. 2010
International Volcanic Health Hazard Network / Durham, UK / Est. 2003
Asian Seismological Commission / Hyderabad, India / Est. 1996
World Seismic Safety Initiative / Singapore, Singapore / Est. 1993
International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
ESF Network on Volcanology / Est. 1987
International Strong Motion Array Council / Tokyo, Japan / Est. 1981
IASPEI Commission on Wave Propagation
Seismological Network for Central America and Panama
International Advisory Committee on Earthquake Risk
IASPEI Commission on Earthquake Hazard and Prediction
Commission permanente de sismologie
European School of Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk / Pavia, Italy / Est. 2000
European Centre on Prevention and Forecasting of Earthquakes / Athens, Greece / Est. 1987
Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Ingenieria Sismica / Caracas, Venezuela / Est. 1989
IASPEI Committee for Developing Countries
United Nations Trust Fund for Integrating Public Administration and the Science of Earthquakes in Prediction / Est. 1996
IASPEI Commission on Controlled Source Seismology
World Wide Standard Seismic Network / Est. 1961
Instituto Internacional para la Teoria de la Predicción de Terremotos
Worldwide Programme of Post-Earthquake Investigations / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1992
Southeast Asian Seismic Network
Southeast Asia Association of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering / Est. 1979
Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program / Est. 1992
European Volcanology Project / Est. 1992
Cooperative Project for Seismic Risk Reduction in the Mediterranean Region / Est. 1990
IASPEI Commission on Microseisms
International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering / Ibaraki, Japan / Est. 1962
International Volcanological Institute / Catania, Italy / Est. 1966
IASPEI Commission on Strong Motion Seismology
European Seismological Commission / Walferdange, Luxembourg / Est. 1951

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Action Strategies relating to Seismology

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Mitigating earthquakes
Propagating seismic waves
Preventing earthquakes
Furthering seismological activities
Studying earthquakes
Mitigating volcanic disasters
Predicting earthquakes
Studying volcanism

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