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Pure and Applied Geophysics
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Pure and Applied Geophysics


Editors-in-Chief: A. Rabinovich; C. Braitenberg; R. Dmowska

ISSN: 0033-4553 (print version)
ISSN: 1420-9136 (electronic version)

Journal no. 24

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Call for Papers - see all open calls here below


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often known as drones, become powerful tools for acquiring geoscientific data. The growth of a number of UAVs operating for various purposes is associated with decreasing costs of purchasing of a drone. The majority of UAV applications include aerial observations of Earth surface using various sensors (e.g. aerial photography, aerial light detection and ranging known as LIDAR), however drones are also used by meteorologists who utilize on-board weather sensors (e.g. pitot probes which are often mounted for navigation purposes).
The Pageoph Topical Issue focuses on various aspects of applications of UAVs in geosciences, with a particular emphasis put on the use of drones in geophysics or physical geography. Papers which present new results as well as comprehensive review articles presenting a state-of-art in a given research area are most welcome.
There is no page limit per manuscript; however the length of an article should be justified by its content. Colour figures are allowed, and they will be published in colour both online and in the printed issue. The authors are requested to use colour graphs, photos or drawings only when necessary.
The deadline for submissions is 15th September 2017.
All submissions will be subject to the Pageoph peer review process. The submitted manuscripts should be written in English, the correctness of which remains a responsibility of the authors.
Please submit your paper by going to Editorial Manager (link here below). New authors will have to register first, then login as an author and select:
---> Regular papers ---> “Top. Issue. Applications of unmanned aerial vehicles in geosciences”
Please direct all questions to the Guest Editor:
Tomasz Niedzielski - tomasz.niedzielski@uwr.edu.pl
University of Wrocław, pl. Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
For detailed information kindly see:

Physics of Megathrust Earthquakes 

Megathrusts at subduction zones or continental collisions produce some of the largest earthquakes, often with global repercussions. Many aspects of the physics and geometry of these plate boundaries remain unknown, making quantitative predictions of seismic hazards difficult. In this issue, we welcome contributions that advance our understanding of the physics of megathrusts and their tectonic context. Of particular interest are contributions that discuss the coupling between short-term and long-term tectonics, the role of geometry and rheology of the plate interface and the bulk rocks. We welcome discussions about the interactions between slow and fast ruptures, or even a wider spectrum of mechanical instabilities, and their implications for seismic and tsunami hazards. Considering the tectonic setting as a system, we encourage discussions about the thermo-mechanical coupling within the lithosphere-asthenosphere system, including distributed deformation of the bulk rocks in the mantle wedge or in serpentinized regions. We encourage submissions from seismology, geodesy, geology, and modeling with equal enthusiasm.
Topical issues at PAGEOPH are peer-reviewed (with the possibility of rejection) and have an impact factor of 1.81. The publication is free of charge, except for open access, which is available for USD 3,000.
The submission deadline is January 1st, 2018.
There is no page limit. Papers will be published online shortly after being accepted. All accepted manuscripts will be published both as a topical issue of the journal PAGEOPH followed later (about one month) as a Book Reprint. Review papers are encouraged.
The papers should be submitted to PAGEOPH electronically at the following link, kindly select: --> Top. Vol. Physics of Megathrust Earthquakes
Please address all questions to the Guest editor:
Sylvain Barbot. e-mail: sbarbot@ntu.edu.sg
For detailed information kindly see:

Open Call on Mexico (Chiapas) Earthquake Mw 8.1 September 2017 

On 8 September 2017 at 04:49 UTC (23:49 local time of 7 September) a Mw 8.1 earthquake occurred off southern Mexico in 69 km depth approximately 90 km from Chiapas. The earthquake, which is among the three strongest in Mexico in 100 years, killed at least 90 people and affected more than 1.5 million. It was caused by the extremely fast subduction of the Cocos plate beneath Mexico, in a seismic gap of the Gulf of Tehuantepec. The earthquake generated widespread tsunami with maximum measured trough-to-crest wave height at Chiapas of >3.5 m and significant wave heights recorded along the West Coast and at many Pacific Islands.
Following this extreme event, Pure and Applied Geophysics (PAGEOPH) opens “hot line” and organizes a Topical Collection of papers “Mexico (Chiapas) – 2017”. Papers submitted to this collection will have very fast processing and after acceptance will be immediately published in the nearest regular issue of PAGEOPH. Expected time between submission and publishing is less than 3 months.
The papers should be submitted to PAGEOPH electronically at the following link, kindly select:
---> Top.Col. Mexico (Chiapas) – 2017

Open Call on New Zealand Earthquake (Mw 7.9) and Tsunami of November 13, 2016 

A short time ago, on 13 November 2016, a major earthquake (Mw 7.9) occurred near the coast of New Zealand. This earthquake created a significant tsunami that was recorded by a great number of coastal tide gauges and open-ocean DART stations. The maximum observed trough-to-crest wave height was more than 4 m.
We invite you to submit research on any aspect of this event to PAGEOPH. Also welcome are studies and comparisons with former earthquakes in that region.
For all submitted papers, we guarantee a professional and fast review and production process.
All accepted papers will be published as a regular PAGEOPH papers.
The papers should be submitted to PAGEOPH electronically at the following link, kindly select:
---> Top.Col. NZ-2016

Open Call on Central Italy Earthquake Crisis starting August 24 2016 

The seismic sequence in Central Italy started on August 24, 2016 with a magnitude 6.0 event followed by an aftershock sequence, and a second major event of magnitude 6.5 on October 30 2016 located 20 km north of it. The October event is close to a magnitude 5.4 event that occurred just one hour after the 24 August main shock. The area covered by the events with magnitude >4 that occurred between August and October 2016 has a diameter of 55 km.
Papers are invited that analyze the time-space evolution of the seismicity together with the possible causal relationships between the events. In addition comparisons with other earthquake series and/or other observations are encouraged. Also welcome are studies and comparisons with former earthquakes in that region.
For all submitted papers, we guarantee a professional and fast review and production process. All accepted papers will be published as a regular PAGEOPH papers.
The papers should be submitted to PAGEOPH electronically at the following link, kindly select:
---> Top.Col. Central Italy Earthquake Crisis starting August 24 2016

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