March 2024

AGU Seismology Section News (March 2024)

Table of Contents:
(0) Introduction
(1) Thanks to Sponsors
(2) OSPA Student Award Winners
(3) Honors Nominations
(4) Call for Session Proposals for #AGU2024
(5) Looking for student members of the Executive Committee
(6) New Seismology LinkedIn Account
(7) Recent earthquake: Japan Noto earthquake 
(0) Introduction

        Now that the craziness of AGU23 is finished, and the summer is over for us southern hemisphere dwellers, we turn ourselves to the next year. The Honors nominations process is underway, and submissions for AGU24 special sessions will open soon.

        Improved instrumentation drives much of our research, so we hope that those of you who are currently graduate students, or know somebody who is a graduate student, studying geophysical instrumentation will consider applying or encourage applications to the relatively new Jerome M. Paros Scholarship in Instrumentation administered by AGU. This provides $5,000 to three students every year. Last year the winners were Daniel Binder, Thomas Andrew Lee and Abhijith Raj. This year the deadline is the same as for most of the section AGU awards, 27 March. Please learn more and nominate here.

        Please consider volunteering for our section, nominating colleagues for honors, nominating an engaged seismologist for a volunteer position such as serving on a section award selection committee, or convening a session for the AGU24 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Anyone in section leadership (see signatures) would be happy to discuss options and questions with you.

        Our gratitude goes to everyone who volunteered for the seismology section in 2023. You were thanked during AGU23’s joint Seismology and Tectonophysics Business Meeting. Those who completed service on an AGU Seismology committee (but may be continuing on another) are: Jiaqi Li, Jing Ci Neo, Pritom Sarma, Liam Toney, Suzan van der Lee, Paul Montagner, Gavin Hayes, Florent Brenguier, Anne Sheehan, Beatrice Magnani, Jochen Braunmiller, Thorne Lay, Kasey Aderhold, Wenyuan Fan, John Louie, David Lumley, Monica Maceira, Ruth Harris. Thanks so much for all your help! Your work has helped to enrich ourcommunity.

        (1) Thanks to our Sponsors

        • Both Kinemetrics and Nanometrics donated to the Seismology section in 2023! That allowed us to grant three additional student scholarships for Seismologists this year, and to support the Student and Early Career activities.
        • We are pleased to announce that Terēan™ has also donated to the Seismology section for 2024, and we are continuing outreach.
        • Your company can also help students! Email Martha Savage for more info.
        • Personally, you too can help the students! If 5% or more of the Seismology section members each donate $50 or more, AGU will give an additional $1000 to the section for student activities to use for next year’s AGU. Donate here.
        (2) 2023 Outstanding Student Presentation Award Winners (OSPA)

        Many thanks to the seismology community for making the Outstanding Student Presentation Awards program run smoothly in 2023! It is a valuable opportunity for students to receive constructive feedback on their presentations at the Annual Meeting. We are especially grateful to the more than 140 seismologists who served as judges for 128 student talks and posters. We expect to publish the results in the next few weeks.
        (3) 2024 AGU Honors Nominations

        The nomination deadline for the first stage of the AGU Union honors this year was 1 March: The nomination deadline for Fellows and Section Honors (Gutenberg Lecture, Keiti Aki Early Career Award, Silver Award) is 27 March. Nominations opened on 17 January.

        Visit the online nomination submission platform here.

        If you know of a deserving candidate but for some reason cannot nominate them, please feel free to contact any member of the Seismology Section Canvassing Committee listed below. If you don’t have time to nominate someone this year, it’s not too early to start thinking about next year!

        2024 Seismology Section Canvassing Committee: Jay Pulliam (chair), Jeanne Hardebeck, Cesar Ranero, Anya Reading, Aaron Velasco, Lingling Ye

        Gutenberg Lecture
        The Gutenberg Lecture is the named lecture in seismology given annually at the December AGU Meeting. This is an opportunity for us to share some of the state of the art, and future directions of seismological research with a broad AGU audience. Please submit suggestions for the 2024 Gutenberg Lecturer either through the nominations portal or by 12 April 2024 to the committee chair Bill Walter with the subject line “Gutenberg Lecture Nomination”. A paragraph summarizing the rationale and qualifications will suffice. This is the only honor that does not go through the AGU Honors platform.

        Paros Scholarship: See the second paragraph in the (0) Introduction of this newsletter

        Keiiti Aki Early Career Award
        The Keiiti Aki Early Career Award recognizes the scientific accomplishments of early career scientists in the field of seismology. Nominees for this award should be a member of AGU with a primary affiliation in the Seismology Section. Please submit nominations by 27 March.

        Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service
        The Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service is given annually to an AGU member with a primary affiliation in the Seismology, Geodesy, or Tectonophysics Sections who has excelled in mentoring of junior colleagues, leadership of community research initiatives, or other forms of unselfish collaboration in research. Nominations should be submitted by March 27.

        Union Fellows
        Nominations for 2024 Fellows can be submitted via the AGU website. Nominations will first be reviewed by the Fellows Committee for each Section. Section recommendations are then sent on to the Union Fellows Committee who will make the final determination. Becoming a Union Fellow is a competitive process. Please do not let that discourage you from nominating seismologist, especially one who has demonstrated scientific eminence and whose leadership aligns with AGU values of broad, respectful collaboration. There is still time (until March 27)!
        (4) AGU24 Annual Meeting Call for Session Proposals

        The AGU24 Annual Meeting will be held 9 - 13 December 2024 in Washington, DC and online everywhere.

        You can help lead the future of seismology by submitting an AGU24 Annual Meeting proposal, which will be open 13 March. This is an opportunity to gather and hear from experts around one of your favorite research topics.

        We are seeking proposals for general scientific sessions, union sessions, innovations, town halls and scientific workshops. Proposals can focus on research results, their applications or the impact of seismology on society.

        We encourage AGU24 proposals that include a diverse group of conveners and session chairs. We celebrate diversity in race, geographic region, ethnicity and gender as well as background, perspective, career stage and scientific discipline. We especially encourage you to give the younger generation guidance in how science is shared by including an early career or graduate student member in preparing your proposal.

        Keep your eye out for announcements of the submission details as well as tips and tricks, which will be sent soon on AGU Connect, and submit your proposal.

        If you have questions about finding co-conveners or what type of session best fits your topic, please reach out to Heather Ford, William Frank or Shihao Yuan, Seismology representatives on the AGU24 Program Committee.
        (5) Student Members of the Executive Committee

        The AGU Section Seismology Committee is looking for 2 new student representatives. Responsibilities include organizing student events (Networking, Trivia Night), attending the Seismology Section monthly meetings, running our discord server, collecting feedback from the student body and passing it on to the committee, etc. The position is really open-ended so you can bring your own ideas into the role.

        Student reps typically serve for two years (one if you're graduating).

        If you are no longer a student yourself, consider encouraging students you know to apply!

        Email your cv/resume to section leader Martha Savage and student representative Taylor Tracey-Kyryliuk if you're interested!
        (6) AGU Seismology on LinkedIn

        We invite you to join the AGU Seismology LinkedIn page by simply clicking on the following link: AGU Seismology LinkedIn Page.

        By joining the AGU Seismology LinkedIn group, you will:
        • Connect with seismologists worldwide: Network with fellow researchers, students and professionals passionate about the science of earthquakes and Earth's interior.
        • Stay ahead of the curve: Get the latest updates on cutting-edge research, industry trends and upcoming conferences and workshops in seismology.
        • Engage in meaningful discussions: Share your knowledge, insights and experiences with a global community of seismologists and learn from their expertise.
        • Contribute to a vibrant community: Your participation strengthens our network, fosters collaboration and expands our reach within the broader geoscience’s community.
        (7) Recent Earthquake in Japan

        On 1 January 2024, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake jolted Japan's Noto Peninsula at 16:10 local time, following a M5.5 foreshock just minutes earlier (Toda and Stein, 2024). This seismic event is part of a series, starting with a M6.7 earthquake in March 2007 to the west of the peninsula (e.g., Yoshida et al., 2023; Shelly et al., 2024; Amezawa et al., 2023; Kato (2023). Since late 2020, a seismic swarm has persisted in the same area as the M7.5 earthquake, with the largest earthquake being a M6.3 event that took place in May 2023. Both the seismic swarm and the migration of the aftershocks from the M6.3 event have been linked to upward fluid migration from depth within the fault zone. Ongoing analysis of the 2024 M7.5 earthquake, and the preceding swarms combined with numerical modeling and observations of fluids and swarms elsewhere has potential to aid future forecasting of earthquake swarm evolution.


        Amezawa, Y., Hiramatsu, Y., Miyakawa, A., Imanishi, K.,& Otsubo, M. (2023). Long-living earthquake swarm and intermittent seismicity in the northeastern tip of the Noto Peninsula, Japan. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2022GL102670.

        Kato, A. (2024). Implications of fault-valve behavior from immediate aftershocks following the 2023 Mj6.5 earthquake beneath the Noto Peninsula, central Japan. Geophysical Research Letters, 51, e2023GL106444.

        Shelly, D. R. (2024). Examining the connections between earthquake swarms, crustal fluids, and large earthquakes in the context of the 2020–2024 Noto Peninsula, Japan, earthquake sequence. Geophysical Research Letters, 51, e2023GL107897.

        Toda, S., and Stein, Ross S., 2024, Intense seismic swarm punctuated by a magnitude 7.5 Japan shock, Temblor,

        Yoshida, K., Uchida, N., Matsumoto, Y., Orimo, M., Okada, T., Hirahara, S., et al. (2023). Updip fluid flow in the crust of the northeastern Noto Peninsula, Japan, triggered the 2023 Mw 6.2 Suzu earthquake during swarm activity. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2023GL106023.

        Best regards,

        Martha Savage
              AGU Seismology Section President,
        Rachel Abercrombie
              AGU Seismology Section President-elect,
        Suzan van der Lee
              AGU Seismology Section Past President,
        German Prieto
              AGU Seismology Section Secretary,
        Wenyuan Fan, Heather Ford
              AGU23 Program Committee,,
        Shihao Yuan
              Early-Career Member and Communications Specialist,
        Vivian Rosas, Taylor Kyryliuk, Jing Ci Neo
              Student Members of Seismology Section Executive Committee,,,
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