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Innovations in Earthquake and Natural Hazards Research: Synthetic Accelerograms.
Moore, G. B.; Yin, R. K.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC., December 1984, 53 p.
This case study is part of a project investigating the process by which innovations intended to reduce the effects of earthquakes and other natural hazards are utilized. The goal of the project is to improve the usefulness of these innovations to policymakers, state and local officials, service providers, and citizens. The study examines a research project that developed synthetic accelerograms, computer-derived simulations of earthquake ground motions. The accelerograms serve as a tool for analyzing the design of important and complex structures (e.g., high-rise buildings and dams) to ascertain their likely response to earthquake shaking. The study analyzes how an innovation in earthquake and natural hazards research was used for practical and policy purposes, why utilization occurred, and what potential policy implications can be drawn.
Accelerogram; Policies; Research management; Earthquake engineering; Case studies; Earthquake resistant structures; Earthquakes; Utilization; Computerized simulation; Research projects; Design