Characterization and monitoring of the Dubrovnik fault system

Croatian Science Foundation Research Project IP-2020-02-3960


First DuFAULT's field-work

First field-work within the DuFAULT project was undertaken by Josip Stipčević and Iva Dasović in period between 17 and 21 May 2021. They went to scout for possible locations suitable for temporary sesmic stations for the future Du-Net seismic network in the wider area of Dubrovnik. This network will enable high-precision locations of (very) week earthquakes and suitabe resolution for different seismological investigatons.

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Zoom meeting with the Dubrovnik-Neretva County representatives

Representatives of the DuFAULT project and the project's partner the Dubrovnik-Neretva County met virtually for a short meeting on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 11:30.

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Kick-off meeting

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the first working meeting of this project team was held.

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Project DuFAULT

Project title
Characterization and monitoring of the Dubrovnik fault system – DuFAULT
Croatian Science Foundation Research Project IP-2020-02-3960


Head of the project
Asst. Prof. Josip Stipčević
Andrija Mohorovičić Geophysical Institute
Department of Geophysics

Faculty of Science
University of Zagreb


Project duration
15 February 2021 – 15 February 2025


Project summary

The main aim of this project is to explore the Dubrovnik fault system, one of the most seismically active regions in Croatia and one of the most active areas in Europe. Setting up a dense temporary network of seismographs along with a detailed analysis of recent seismic activity and important historical earthquakes, will improve the earthquake location accuracy and help us better understand the seismicity of the area. Analyzes of previous geophysical and geological investigations as well as the application of new seismological and geological methods will enable the exploration of fault systems and the creation of high-resolution lithosphere models and earthquake simulation, which will indicate expected ground motion for future earthquakes and help us understand the seismic waves propagation through this area.

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