Earth and Planetary Physics (EPP) invites contributions to a special issue on Multi-geophysical Studies of the Longmenshan Fault System: Special Issue on the International Conference for the Decade Memory of the Wenchuan Earthquake.
The Longmenshan Fault System (LFS) on the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau is a large-scale and complex fault zone. The east-southeastward extrusion of the Bayan Kara Block from the elevated Tibetan Plateau met the strong resistance of the Sichuan Basin in the Yangtze Block, resulting in a northeast-southwest trending deformation front of nearly 500-km in length with overthrust and strike-slip movements. Active tectonics along the LFS is responsible for the high seismic activity in the region, as manifested by the most devastating 2008 Mw8.0 Wenchuan earthquake.
The LFS has been a focus of research for geologists and geophysicists for many decades. In particular, since the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, tremendous resources have been devoted to the establishment of various observational networks in and around the LFS to investigate the complex crust and upper-mantle structures, the mountain building mechanism, the earthquake rupture processes and mechanisms, and the seismogenic environment in order to provide a framework for assessing regional earthquake potential in the future. This EPP special issue is dedicated to the recent efforts in understanding the structure and earthquakes in the LFS region with focuses on the observations by multi-geophysical means including but not limited to seismology, geodesy, and electromagnetism, as well as the interpretations of those observations through inversions and/or numerical simulations.
Guest Editors for this special issue are:
Qinghua Huang, Peking University;
Li Zhao, Peking University;
Sidao Ni, Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The deadline for submission of this special issue is 31 December 2018. Publication is planned for the May 2019 issue of EPP.
Manuscripts should be submitted via http://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/epphy under the category “Multi-geophysical Studies of the Longmenshan Fault System”.