Natural hazards events such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions
involve activation of coupled thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical
processes in rocks. The 7th Euro-conference of Rock Physics and
Geomechanics was held September 25 to 30, 2007, in Erice (Italy),
to explore how rock physics experiments and models can facilitate
understanding and constraint of natural hazards mechanisms, and, to
foster cross-disciplinary collaborations.
The present book assembles unpublished contributions to the
Erice conference. It presents new laboratory data, theoretical and
numerical rock physics models and field observations relevant to
the study of natural hazards. In particular, several papers are
devoted to rock failure and explore the relationship between the
competing deformation micro-mechanisms, as measured and
characterized by acoustic emission activity and by microstructural
observations, and strain localization. Several others investigate
shear-induced anisotropy of mechanical and/or transport properties,
both in large-scale geologic objects and in laboratory samples. The
remaining papers treat various aspects of rock physics and their
industrial applications such as geothermics and reservoir
The book is intended for researchers and graduate students in
the Earth sciences, who are interested in surface and crustal
processes, as well as for geotechnical engineers.
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