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Local site effects in Istanbul: Microtremor study in Ataköy area. Mathilde Bøttger Sørensen 1 Caglar Yalciner 2 and Kuvvet Atakan 1 1 Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, Norway 2 Osman Gazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey.

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Local site effects in istanbul microtremor study in atak y area

Local site effects in Istanbul: Microtremor study in Ataköy area

Mathilde Bøttger Sørensen1

Caglar Yalciner2 and

Kuvvet Atakan1

1Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, Norway

2Osman Gazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey

Why are we interested in local site effects in istanbul
Why are we interested in local site effects in Istanbul? area

  • Important factor for actual ground motion caused by an earthquake

  • Necessary in order to move ground motion simulation results from bedrock level to surface of Earth

What did we do
What did we do: area

  • Measured microtremors in the Ataköy area

  • Calculated H/V spectral ratios to obtain information about frequencies with high amplification

  • This information will later be combined with geotechnical data as input in 3D finite-difference modelling in cooperation with ETHZ

Geology of istanbul
Geology of Istanbul area

From http://www.geocities.com (Geological map by the Istanbul Greater City Council Directorate of Soil and Seismic Studies)

Atak y area geology
Ataköy area, geology area


From I.T.Ü. Gelistirme vakfi iktisadi isletmesi

Data acquisition
Data acquisition area

  • GBV-316 and pocket PC

  • 3 x 10 min recorded at each site

  • Sites in grid with 150-500 m grid spcaing

  • Sites on all formations

  • Collected a total of 30 sites

Data processing
Data processing area

  • H/V spectral ratios calculated using JSesame software (SESAME project)

  • Automatic window selection by searching traces for windows with low noise level using STA/LTA

  • H/V is calculated for each window or as average for site

Main results at the moment
Main results at the moment area

  • Main peak at 1-1.5 Hz, in agreement with ITU results

  • Secondary peak at 4-6 Hz at some sites

  • Peaks at higher frequencies are probably caused by noise

Other available data
Other available data area

  • Borehole data (Japan International Cooperation Agency/Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality)

  • Earthquake data (Kandilli observatory, Bogazaci University)

  • Geomorphological map (Istanbul Technical University)

  • Geological map (Istanbul Technical University)

  • Hydrogeological map (Istanbul Technical University)

  • Well logs (Istanbul Technical University)

  • Resistivity data (Istanbul Technical University)

Future plans
Future plans area

  • Process and interpret data...

  • Check against 1D model

  • Produce input model for 3D finite difference model by combining with other data

  • Run 3D finite difference model and interpret result

  • Use ground motion simulation results as input in 3D model to obtain ground motion at surface