Comparison of NGA-Sub Ground-Motion Models, PEER Report 2020-07


Ground-motion models (GMMs) for subduction earthquakes recently developed as part of the NGA-Subduction (NGA-Sub) project are compared in this report. The three models presented in this comparison report are documented in their respective PEER reports. Two of the models are developed for a global version and as well regionalized models. The third model is developed based on earthquakes contain in the NGA-Sub dataset only from Japan and as such is applicable for Japan. As part of the comparisons presented in this report, deterministic calculations are provided for the global and regional cases amongst the models. The digital values and additional plots from these deterministic comparisons are provided as part of the electronic supplement for this report. In addition, ground-motion estimates are provided for currently published subduction GMMs. Two example probabilistic seismic hazard analysis calculations are also presented for two sites located in the Pacific Northwest Region in the state of Washington. Based on the limited comparisons presented in this report, a general understanding of these new GMMs can be appreciated with the expectation that the implementation for a specific seismic hazard study should incorporate similar and additional comparisons and sensitivity studies similar to the ones presented in this report.

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Nicholas Gregor
Kofi Addo
Linda Al Atik
Gail M. Atkinson
David M. Boore
Yousef Bozorgnia
Kenneth W. Campbell
Brian S.-J. Chiou
Zeynep Gülerce
Behzad Hassani
Tadahiro Kishida
Nico Kuehn
Saburoh Midorikawa
Silvia Mazzoni
Grace A. Parker
Hongjun Si
Jonathan P. Stewart
Robert R. Youngs
Publication date: 
October 10, 2020
Publication type: 
Technical Report
Gregor et al. (2020). Comparisons of NGA-Sub Ground-Motion Models (Report No. 2020-07). Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER).