Seismicity and Seismic Risk in the Offshore North Sea Area

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop, held at Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 1–4, 1982

  • A. Reinier Ritsema
  • Aybars Gürpinar

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (ASIC, volume 99)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Geology and Tectonics

  3. Seismicity

  4. Tides, Ocean Waves and Sea Level Changes

  5. Instrumentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. T. Turbitt, C. W. A. Browitt, S. N. Morgan, R. Newmark, D. L. Petrie
      Pages 155-171
    3. H. Ewoldsen
      Pages 183-185
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 199-199
  6. Soilmechanics, Liquefaction, Geotechnology

  7. Risk Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. N. N. Ambraseys
      Pages 317-345
    3. Paul W. Burton, Ian G. Main, Graham Neilson
      Pages 347-364
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 405-420

About these proceedings


The Workshop on the Seismicity and Seismic Risk in the Off­ shore North Sea Area was intended to bring together experts from a variety of disciplines as well as interest groups with involve­ ment in siting, design and construction of offshore structures in the region. Participants came from the fields of geology, seismology, oceanography, geotechnical and structural engineering and risk analysis. The wide range of participant affiliations included institutes, Observatories, universities, oil companies, consultants and insurance firms. All nationalities around the North Sea were present, in addition to some experts from outside the region. All participants were present on the basis of personal invitation. The idea of organizing the Workshop stemmed from conside- tions, such as: the rapidly increasing material and personel investments and versatility of type of structures in the basin.during the past decade; - the present-day important role Jf the North Sea oil and gas production in the economy of Western Europe; and - the increase of potential environmental risks in the region. Although devastating earthquakes are almost unknown in the area and seismic hazard is not great, the seismic risk grows with the growing size and number of structures in the area. The study of the potential seismic risks, therefore, cannot be neglected any more. The siting and design of offshore platforms and submarine pipelines are controlled by the degree of their vulnerability as well as the seismic hazard. in the region.


earthquake geotechnical engineering seismic seismology

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Reinier Ritsema
    • 1
  • Aybars Gürpinar
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)De BiltThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Specialized Engineering Consulting Services (SPECS)BrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7048-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7046-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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