The 2013 European seismic hazard model: key components and results

Jochen Woessner, Danciu Laurentiu, Domenico Giardini, Helen Crowley, Fabrice Cotton, Gottfried Grünthal, Gianluca Valensise, Ronald Arvidsson, J. Douglas, The SHARE Consortium

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The 2013 European Seismic Hazard Model (ESHM13) results from a community-based probabilistic seismic hazard assessment supported by the EU-FP7 project “Seismic Hazard Harmonization in Europe” (SHARE, 2009–2013). The ESHM13 is a consistent seismic hazard model for Europe and Turkey which overcomes the limitation of national borders and includes a through quantification of the uncertainties. It is the first completed regional effort contributing to the “Global Earthquake Model” initiative. It might serve as a reference model for various applications, from earthquake preparedness to earthquake risk mitigation strategies, including the update of the European seismic regulations for building design (Eurocode 8), and thus it is useful for future safety assessment and improvement of private and public buildings. Although its results constitute a reference for Europe, they do not replace the existing national design regulations that are in place for seismic design and construction of buildings. The ESHM13 represents a significant improvement compared to previous efforts as it is based on (1) the compilation of updated and harmonised versions of the databases required for probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, (2) the adoption of standard procedures and robust methods, especially for expert elicitation and consensus building among hundreds of European experts, (3) the multi-disciplinary input from all branches of earthquake science and engineering, (4) the direct involvement of the CEN/TC250/SC8 committee in defining output specifications relevant for Eurocode 8 and (5) the accounting for epistemic uncertainties of model components and hazard results. Furthermore, enormous effort was devoted to transparently document and ensure open availability of all data, results and methods through the European Facility for Earthquake Hazard and Risk (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3553-3596
Number of pages44
JournalBulletin of Earthquake Engineering
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • earthquake engineering
  • logic-tree
  • probabilistic seismic hazard assessment
  • uncertainty analysis

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    Woessner, J., Laurentiu, D., Giardini, D., Crowley, H., Cotton, F., Grünthal, G., Valensise, G., Arvidsson, R., Douglas, J., & The SHARE Consortium (2015). The 2013 European seismic hazard model: key components and results. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 13(12), 3553-3596.