Zhang, Wenbo

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Name: Zhang, Wenbo
Title: Professor of Geophysics
Phone: 86-10-88256492
Email: wenbo(at)ucas.ac.cn
Office: 631 in Teaching Building

Research interest


Theoretical and observational seismology

Earthquake source rupture process

Site effects on strong ground motion

Advanced seismic instrumentation




2003  Ph. D    Kyoto University, Japan

1991  Master   Institute of Engineering Mechanics(IEM), China Seismological Bureau (CSB)

1988  B.Sc.    Peking University, China   


Professional Appointments


2005.06 – present   Professor at GUCAS

2003.05 – 2005.05 Postdoctoral Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan

1998 – 2000          Director of Beijing Strong-Motion Observation Center of IEM/CSB

1997 – 2000          Associate Professor at IEM/CSB

1993 – 1997          Research Associate at IEM/CSB

1991 – 1993          Research Fellow at IEM/CSB


Visiting Research Experiences


2010.02, 2005.12 2006.01, 1998.09 12, 1997.09 1997.11

Visiting Scholar at DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan

2009.07 – 09         Visiting Scholar at University of California, Santa Barbara

2003.02 – 03         Visiting Scholar at National Chung Cheng University & Institute of Earth

                            Sciences, Academia Sinica of Taiwan

1996.08 – 1997.02 Visiting Scholar at U.S. Geological Survey (Menlo Park)

Fellowship, Awards & Honors


2006       Hundred Talent Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

2003       Scientific and technical award of CSB

1999      Beijing Outstanding Young Engineer Award

1997       Reward of Science and Technology Progress of CSB


2003 – 2005   Postdoctoral fellowship award given by the Japan Society for the Promotion of

                     Science (JSPS)

2000 – 2003   Scholarship awards at Kyoto University given by the Ministry of Education,

                     Science, Sports and Culture of Japan (MONBUSHO)


2011 –            Editor, World Earthquake Engineering (Chinese Journal)

AGU membership, SSA membership, SSJ membership, EERI membership





2008 – 2010   Near-Field Strong Ground-Motion Prediction from Different Fault Models

(No. 90715019)

2007 – 2009   The 3D Strong Ground Motion Simulation on the Ms8.1 Kunlun Earthquake

(No. 40674016)

2006 – 2008   Near Source Strong Ground Motion Simulation (No. 40574023)




Seismic Hazard Analysis and Assessment


This course is designed for the students who require knowledge, background and a better understanding for the approaches and methodologies behind seismic risk assessment. It provides theoretical fundamentals and practical training in applied seismology, microzonation and seismic hazard assessment, especially for those students who will engage in seismic zoning and hazard assessment.


Selected Topics of Seismology in Seismic Hazard Analysis and Assessment (Seminar)


A graduate seminar that discusses about the topics of seismology in seismic hazard analysis and assessment, especially focuses on the methodologies of strong-ground motion simulation.


Selected publications


Yu, X., W. Zhang, Y.-T.Chen (2011), Seismic Imaging and Seismicity Analysis in Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan Region, International Journal of Geophysics,Annual Focus/Special Issues of 2011: Seismic Imaging, doi:10.1155/2011/21631.

Zhang, W., T. Iwata, and K. Irikura (2010), Dynamic simulation of the 1999 ChiChi, Taiwan, earthquake, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B04305, doi:10.1029/2008JB006201.

Zhang W. B. and Yu X. W., (2010), Strong ground motion simulation of the 1999 ChiChi, Taiwan, earthquake, Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 30(3), 1-11. (Chinese with English abstract).

Zhang Y. B. and Zhang W. B. (2010), Strong ground motion simulation of the 2008 Iwate-Miyagi, Japan, earthquake using empirical Green’s function method, Acta Seismological Sinica, 32(3), 320-331. (Chinese with English abstract)

Ouyang X. Y., Zhang W. B., and Zhang Y. B. (2009), Estimation on site effect from different techniques using aftershocks of Chi-Chi earthquake, Journal of Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 26(3), 373-382. (Chinese with English abstract)

Zhang, W., T. Iwata, and K. Irikura (2006), Dynamic simulation of a dipping fault using a three-dimensional finitedifference method with nonuniform grid spacing, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B05301, doi:10.1029/2005JB003725.

Zhang W., T. Iwata, K. Irikura, A. Pitarka, and H. Sekiguchi (2004), Dynamic rupture process of the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L10605, doi: 10.1029/2004GL019827.

Zhang W., T. Iwata, K. Irikura, H. Sekiguchi, and M. Bouchon (2003), Heterogeneous distribution of the dynamic source parameters of the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, earthquake, J. Geophys. Res., 108(B5), 2232, doi: 10.1029/2002JB001889.

Matsunami K., W. Zhang, K. Irikura, and L.-L. Xie (2003), Estimation of Seismic Site Response in Tangshan Area, China, Using Deep Underground Records, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 93, 1065-1078, 2003.

Dalguer L. A., K. Irikura, W. Zhang, and J. Riera (2002), Distribution of Dynamic and Static Stress Changes during 2000 Tottori (Japan) Earthquake: Brief Interpretation of the Earthquake Sequences; Foreshocks, Mainshock and Aftershocks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 29.