Chapter 3. Determination of Site Characteristics

  1. David J. Dowrick

Published Online: 30 AUG 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470869356.ch3

Earthquake Risk Reduction

Earthquake Risk Reduction

How to Cite

Dowrick, D. J. (2003) Determination of Site Characteristics, in Earthquake Risk Reduction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470869356.ch3

Author Information

  1. Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 AUG 2005
  2. Published Print: 4 JUL 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496885

Online ISBN: 9780470869352



  • geotechnical site investigations;
  • gross bedrock vibration;
  • bedrock depth determination;
  • Tokachi-Oki earthquakes;
  • Water waves or seiches;
  • tsunami;
  • groundwater discharge changes;
  • cyclic triaxial test;
  • standard penetration resistance (SPT) test


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Local geology and soil conditions

  • Ground classes and microzones

  • Site investigations and soil tests