Resolution of the Eighth Joint Meeting
of the U.S.-Japan Panel on Earthquake Research
October, 2010

          The UJNR Panel on Earthquake Research promotes advanced research toward a more fundamental understanding of the earthquake process and hazard estimation. The Eighth Joint meeting was extremely beneficial in furthering cooperation and deepening understanding of the common problems in both Japan and the U.S.
          The meeting included very productive exchanges of information on approaches to systematic observation and modeling of earthquake processes. The Panel recognizes the benefits of working together to achieve our common goal of reducing earthquake risk. We look forward to continued cooperation on issues involving densification of observation networks and the open exchange of data among scientific communities. We recognize the importance of making information publicly available in a timely manner. We also recognize the importance of information exchange on research policy and strategies including framework of research organizations.

Areas of Cooperation
          Specific areas of earthquake research where cooperative research between Japan and the U.S. may lead to significant advancement include, but are not limited to:
- Probabilistic earthquake and tsunami hazard estimation, both in our respective countries and worldwide, incorporating knowledge of current and past behavior, and physics based computational models
- Real-time information of seismic, geodetic and strain measurements including borehole strainmeters and ocean bottom seismometers using marine cable
- Technologies for measuring crustal deformation including GNSS, GPS/acoustic, InSAR, LiDAR, VLBI and SLR
- Earthquake recurrence studies using paleoseismic, geodetic and seismic methods
- Laboratory, theoretical and in situ studies of fault-zone physics
- Studies of episodic tremor and slow slip using seismic, geodetic, borehole strain measurements, and simulation techniques
- Systematic studies of earthquake predictability through rigorously evaluated scientific prediction experiments and robust databases
- Studies of near-source ground motions, geological effects and structural response.
          The Panel strongly urges that the appropriate agencies in Japan and the U.S. that are represented on this panel work together with the academic sector, to support and coordinate the scientific work in these areas of cooperation.
          The Panel recognizes the importance of promoting exchange of scientific personnel, exchange of data, and fundamental studies to advance progress in earthquake research. Japan and the U.S. should promote these exchanges throughout the world. The Panel endorses continuation of these activities

Next Meeting

          The next meeting will be held in the U.S. in the autumn of 2012.