Project description

SPICE is a Marie Curie Research Training Network in the 6th Framework Program of the European Commission.
The 4-year project started on January 1, 2004.

The SPICE Consortium aims at integrating institutions with specialisations in physical, mathematical, geological, and computational aspects of seismic wave propagation. The goal is to develop, verify and apply computational tools for wave propagation and imaging problems on all scales. With the novel computational algorithms we expect breakthroughs in:
- the determination of global Earth structure;
- the quantitative estimation of shaking hazard;
- the characterization and monitoring of reservoirs;
- understanding the structure and processes inside volcanoes;
- simulating the physical processes of earthquake rupture;
- and characterizing the small-scale properties of rocks.
The network undertakes to provide secondments for Early Stage and Experienced Researchers whose appointment will be financed by the contract.
Recruitment of young researchers (mostly of pre-doc level) is underway - ESR vacancies in Prague!

SPICE home page:
This page is a local page provided by a SPICE contractor, Department of Geophysics, Charles University in Prague.

SPICE documents

Contract No: MRTN-CT-2003-504267.
Description of work (PDF)
Marie Curie Research Training Networks handbooks:
1st Edition, Feb 2003, updated 2nd Edition, Dec 2003, 3rd Edition, Nov 2004 and 4th Edition, Jun 2005 (PDF)
Geophysical Research Abstracts: H. Igel for the SPICE girls and boys (PDF)

Participating institutions

Prof. Dr. Heiner Igel (coordinator)
1. Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich [LMU], Germany

2. Institute de Physique du Globe, Paris [IPG], France
3. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia [INGV], Italy
4. University of Oxford [Uox], United Kingdom
5. University of Utrecht [UU], The Netherlands
6. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich [ETH], Switzerland
7. Ecole Normale Superieure [ENS], France;
8. Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale [OGS], Italy
9. University of Naples “Federico II” [UoN], Italy
10. Comenius University [FMPI], Slovak Republic
11. Universitetet I Oslo [UiO], Norway
12. Universität Hamburg [UHH], Germany
13. National University of Ireland, Dublin [NUID/UCD], Ireland
14. Charles University, Prague [CUP], Czech Republic

Contact address to Prague

Dr. Johana Brokesova (local project coordinator),
Dr. Jiri Zahradnik (head of the department),
Department of Geophysics
Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic
Fax: +420-221 912 555

Themes offered in Prague

Main themes Actual topics
  1. Simulation of dynamic rupture propagation using finite differences (I. Oprsal)
  2. Wave propagation by 3D finite-difference method: irregular grids, new hybrid schemes of higher order (I. Oprsal)
  3. Matrix methods in seismology (O. Novotny)
  4. Source, path and site effects by hybrid 3D methods (J. Zahradnik, I. Oprsal)
  5. Wave-propagation in isotropic and anisotropic viscoelestic media (V. Cerveny)
  6. Coupling ray theory for all degrees of seismic anisotropy (V. Cerveny, L. Klimes)
  7. Perturbations of rays, travel times and amplitudes (L. Klimes)
  8. Two-point ray tracing for generally heterogeneous 3-D velocity models (P. Bulant, L. Klimes)
  9. Travel-time interpolation within ray cells (P. Bulant, L. Klimes)
  10. Ray chaos, Lyapunov exponents, velocity models suitable for ray tracing (P. Bulant, L. Klimes)
  11. Structural information carried by the wave field, physical meaning of velocity models and of migrated sections (L. Klimes)
  12. Travel-time tomography for uneven data coverage, accuracy and resolution of the travel-time tomography (L. Klimes)
  13. Resolution and accuracy of seismic migrations (L. Klimes)
  14. Decomposition of a general wave field into Gaussian packets anddevelopment of the Gaussian-packet true-amplitude prestack depth migrations (K. Zacek)
  15. Accuracy estimation of various computational methods (L. Klimes)
  16. Static coseismic response to finite source in depth-dependent models; modelling by means of the spectral decomposition (C. Matyska)
  17. Wavefields due to finite source in depth-dependent models modelling by means of the spectral decomposition, i.e. without Green functions (C. Matyska)
  18. Comparing static coseismic response based on finite element method with other methods (C. Matyska)
  19. Interpretation of refraction measurements (O. Novotny)
  20. Interpretation of surface-wave dispersion curves (O. Novotny)
  21. Strong motion simulation based on kinematic representation theorem, forward problem (F. Gallovic, J. Brokesova)
  22. Strong motion simulation based on composite-source model, forward and inverse problem (J. Burjanek, J. Zahradnik)
  23. Broadband strong ground motion simulations: hybrid combination of kinematic and composite approach (J. Burjanek, F. Gallovic)
  24. Seismic hazard assessement for large aftershocks: probabilistic approach based on strong ground motion simulations due to finite-extent sources (F. Gallovic)
  25. Finite-extent source inversion with synthetic Green's functions (J. Zahradnik, J. Burjanek)
  26. Multiple-point source inversion, moment tensor formulation. Question of reliability of the non-DC component (J. Zahradnik)
  27. Finite-extent source inversion with empirical Green functions (V. Plicka)
  28. Earthquake location methods; inaccuracy analysis (J. Jansky, J. Zahradnik)
  29. User-friendly wave propagation codes; interfacing Fortran and Matlab (J. Zahradnik)
These topics can be changed in case the PhD/Post-Doc researcher does have his own vista within the project bounds.
Minimum stay length: 3 months.

SPICE related projects in Prague

MAGMA: Prague centre of mathematical geophysics, meteorology, and their application
SW3D: Consortium of Seismic Waves in Complex 3D Media

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