Site effects for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Tadahiro Kishida, Ross W. Boulanger, Norman A. Abrahamson, Michael W. Driller, Timothy M. Wehling

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Seismic site response and site effects models are presented for levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta where the subsurface soils include thick deposits of highly organic soils. Sources of uncertainty that contribute to the variation of seismic wave amplification are investigated, including variations in the input ground motions, soil profiles, and dynamic soil properties through Monte Carlo simulations of equivalent-linear site response analyses. Regression models for seismic wave amplification for levees in the Delta are presented that range from a function of peak outcrop acceleration alone to a vector of response spectra ordinates and soil profile parameters. The site effects models were incorporated into a probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for a representative location, and the relative impacts of the various models on the computed hazard are evaluated.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)301-322
Number of pages22
JournalEarthquake Spectra
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2009


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