Ian Main - Selected Publications#

(NB A full list can be found at https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/imain/publications/. Open Access versions where available, can be downloaded from https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/en/persons/ian-main/publications/)

1. Spallarossa, D., M. Cattaneo, D. Scafidi, M. Michele, L. Chiaraluce, M. Segou and I. Main (2021). An automatically generated high-resolution earthquake catalogue for the 2016-2017 Central Italy seismic sequence, including P and S phase arrival times, Geophys. J. Int. 225, 555–571

2. Cartwright-Taylor, A., I.G. Main, B. Butler, F. Fusseis, A. King & M. Flynn (2020). Catastrophic failure: how and when? Insights from 4D in-situ x-ray micro-tomography, J. Geophys. Res: Solid Earth.

3. Bayliss, K., M. Naylor & I.G. Main (2019). Probabilistic identification of earthquake clusters using rescaled nearest neighbour distance networks, Geophys. J. Int. 217, 487–503,

4. Bell, A. F., M. Naylor, S. Hernandez, I. G. Main, H. E. Gaunt, P. Mothes & M. Ruiz, (2018). Volcanic eruption forecasts from accelerating rates of quasi-periodic long-period earthquakes, Geophys. Res. Lett. 2017GL076429R

5. Li, X., I. Main & A. Jupe (2018). Induced Seismicity at the UK “Hot Dry Rock” Test Site for Geothermal Energy Production, Geophysical Journal International, ggy135,

6. Jiang, X., H. Liu, I.G. Main, & E.K.H. Salje (2017). Predicting mining collapse: super-jerks and the appearance of record-breaking events in coal as collapse precursors, Phys Rev E. 96, 023004.

7. Vasseur, J., F.B. Wadsworth, M.J. Heap, I.G. Main & D.B. Dingwell (2017). Does an inter-flaw length control the accuracy of rupture forecasting in geological materials?, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 475, 181–189.

8. Pál, G., Z. Jánosi, F. Kun & I. G. Main (2016). Fragmentation by slow compression of porous rocks, Physical Review E 94, 053003

9. Roberts, N.S., A.F. Bell & I.G. Main (2015). Are volcanic seismic b-values high, and if so when? J. Volcan. Geothermal. Res. 308, 127–141.

10. Sammonds, P.R., P.G. Meredith & I.G. Main (1992). Role of pore fluids in the generation of seismic precursors to shear fracture, Nature 359, 228-230

Ian has about 200 publications on international scientific Journals, reviews, book chapters, commentary and perspectives.

Ian moderated the Nature website debate on earthquake prediction in 1999, and served as a member of the International commission on earthquake forecasting for civil protection, chaired by Tom Jordan (Southern California Earthquake Center), following the destructive earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009. It’s peer-reviewed full report, including findings and recommendations, was published in 2011.

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