Giuliano Panza

Professor, Geophysicist

Biography: Giuliano Panza earned Laurea in Physics from the University of Bologna in 1967 and is a former professor of Seismology at the University of Trieste and Head of Group at Abdus Salam ICTP, Italy. He is Emeritus Honorary Professor at IGG, CEA-Beijing, member of the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome, Russian Academy, Moscow, and 5th Class/Knight OMRI. His teaching career includes guidance to 22 Ph.D. students and 26 postdoctoral scholars from 15 countries. Dr. Panza developed a powerful theoretical-numerical tool for the computation of complete synthetic seismograms that is the basis of the methodology for the Neodeterministic Seismic Hazard Assessment (NDSHA) which is currently considered in several large urban centers and megacities. In cooperation with the Italian space agency ASI, Panza has been involved in the simultaneous use of NDSHA for the ground motion estimation, in the monitoring of the space-time variation of hazard, and in the analysis of the Earth observation data. These led to the construction of time-dependent hazard models for strong ground motions and generated particular interest within the Italian Civil Defence authorities. Prof. Panza served on the editorial boards of several international journals and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Earth Sciences Review and Co-Editor of Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering. He is the author/coauthor of more than 550 scientific peer reviewed papers and more than 10 books. For his achievements Panza received the Laurea ad honorem in Physics from the University of Bucharest, the Beno Gutenberg medal from EGU, the Central European Initiative Medal of Honour, the Commemorative Medal from the Vietnam Academy of S&T, the NRIAG (Egypt) Medal of Honor.

Research Interests: Prof. Panza's research interests have involved multidisciplinary analyses of structure and dynamics of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system, modeling of seismic waves in near-field and far-field, and earthquake-prone lineaments and premonitory seismicity patterns with applications to cities exposed to earthquake and volcanic hazards. He contributed to the formulation of Polarized Plate Tectonics, a new model for solid Earth dynamics.

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