Basin & Range Province Seismic Hazards Summits


The Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazard Summits (BRPSHS) were established in 1997, based on discussions between the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC), the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, and the UGS about seismic policy and technical issues, to bring together geologists, seismologists, geodesists, engineers, emergency managers, and policy makers to present and discuss the latest earthquake-hazards research, and to evaluate research implications for hazard reduction and public policy in the Basin and Range Province (BRP).

Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summit III

The UGS and WSSPC, in conjunction with the Utah Division of Emergency Management, the Utah Professional Geologists Licensing Board, the Utah Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Licensing Board, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Intermountain Section of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, and the Utah Seismic Safety Commission convened a third summit (BRPSHSIII) January 12-17, 2015, at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 220 people attended BRPSHSIII.

Major BRP seismic-hazard topics explored at BRPSHSIII by 42 invited experts included:

  • Perspectives and User Needs
  • Mmax Issues in the Basin and Range Province
  • Ground Motions from Normal-Faulting Earthquakes
  • Fault Segmentation and Rupture Patterns in the Basin and Range Province
  • Earthquake Engineering and Risk Mitigation
  • Emergency Management and Public Policy
  • Using Geodesy to Characterize Seismic Hazard in the Basin and Range Province

The summit also included a one-day pre-meeting short course and workshop, and post-meeting field trip:

  • Short Course – Characterizing Hazardous Faults – Techniques, Data Needs, and Analysis
  • Workshop – Evaluation of Hazardous Faults in the Intermountain West Region
  • Field Trip – Salt Lake City’s Earthquake Threat and What Is Being Done About It

A comprehensive proceedings volume, including the summit agenda; available technical session PowerPoint presentations, most with an accompanying abstract or short paper; poster presentations; the short course manual; the field trip guidebook; results of the USGS workshop; and an invited paper on luminescence dating techniques was published as UGS Miscellaneous Publication 15-5 [see Publications at right].


Lund, W.R., editor, 1998, Proceedings volume, Basin and Range Province Seismic-Hazards Summit: Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication 98-2, 204 p.

Lund, W.R., editor, 2005, Proceedings volume, Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summit II: Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication 05-2, variously paginated, CD.


Lund, W.R., editor, 2015, Proceedings volume , Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summit III: Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication 15-5, variously paginated, DVD.
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Proceedings – Introduction, Contents & Agenda (pdf)
Invited Paper (pdf)
DAY 1 Technical Sessions 1&2 (pdf)
DAY 2 Technical Sessions 3&4 (pdf)
DAY 3 Technical Sessions 5&6 (pdf)
DAY 4 Technical Session 7 (pdf)
Posters (zip)
Short Course (pdf)
Short Course Presentations (pdf)
USGS Workshop (pdf)
Field Trip (pdf)


BRPSHSIII Summit Chairs – William Lund, Proceedings Volume Editor [(435) 865-9034], and Steve Bowman [(801) 537-3304],