Compilation and critical review of GMPEs for the GEM-PEER Global GMPEs Project
J. Douglas BRGM, Orleans, France F. Cotton Universit̩ Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France C. Di Alessandro Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA D. M. Boore US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, USA N.A. Abrahamson Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA S. Akkar Earthquake Engineering Research Center, Middle East Technical University, 06800 Ankara, Turkey
Ground-motion prediction equations (GMPEs) relate a ground-motion parameter (e.g. peak ground acceleration, PGA) to a set of explanatory variables describing the source, wave propagation path and site conditions. In the past five decades many hundreds of GMPEs for the prediction of PGA and linear elastic response spectral ordinates have been published. We discuss the pre-selection of GMPEs undertaken within the framework of the GEM-PEER Global GMPEs Project. The pre-selection criteria adopted were consistent with the current state-ofthe-art in ground-motion characterization and sought to retain only the most robust GMPEs. Consideration of broad tectonic regionalization (e.g. shallow crustal seismicity in tectonically-active areas, stable continental regions and subduction zones) was made but it was assumed (based on previous studies) that strong regional differences were not present within these tectonic classes. In total about thirty GMPEs were pre-selected for closer inspection and testing to obtain a final set of ground-motion models.