CEGA´s member won FONDECYT Research Initiation Program 2016

Monday, 03 de October

Gregory De Pascale proposal will start in November and it is part of the 288 initiatives funded this year in Chile.

Gregory De Pascale, Academic of the Department of Geology at the University of Chile and CEGA´s associate researcher, won FONDECYT funds to develop his project named “Quantifying seismic hazard along Chile’s fastest slipping crustal fault: the Liquiñe-Ofqui Fault zone (LOFZ), Patagonia”, which aims to contribute to understand the behaviour of the major geological fault in southcentral Chile.

Research will take place in Aysén region for three years. In a first stage, a high resolution model of the topography of the area will be developed, a very accurate map that will be built using LIDAR system (Light Detection and Ranging), instrument that allows to scan Earth´s surface in great detail.

About the application of this technology, the researcher Gregory De Pascale says: “With this instrument we’ll scan the zone with a laser system, which will allow us to have a more precise map of the faults. We call it a ‘bare earth model´, because it is a cleaner image. For example, we do not need to use this in northern Chile, because it is desert land and simpler to see the faults. But in Patagonia, forests hinder to visualize the structures from heights, so this technology becomes essential to facilitate research work”.

This investigation will be complemented with field work and a combination of different data that will help to characterize the behavior of this fault.  De Pascale adds this is of vital importance because it relates to precise information, that in the future will be a great contribution to the construction of a geothermal model of the area.

Fondecyt Research Initiation fund gives US$45,500 per year to promote the development of basic scientific and technological projects, led by young researchers who have obtained their PhD in the previous five years.