Kim Bak Olsen


Department of Geological Sciences
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-1020

Office: GMCS-231A
Phone: 619.594.2649
Fax: 619.594.4372

  • Ph.D., 1994 University of Utah
  • 3-D Simulation of wave propagation using finite differences
  • Strong ground motion and site amplification
  • Earthquake dynamics
  • Non-linear effects in strong ground motion
  • Modeling and migration of crosswell seismic data
  • Parallel and high-performance computing
  • Visualization and animation
  • Broadband Simulation of Ground Motion from Large Earthquakes
  • 3-D and 2-D Modeling of Strong Ground Motion from an M 7.0 Earthquake on the Salt Lake City Segment of the Wasatch Fault, Utah: Collaborative Research with San Diego State University and the University of Utah
  • Forward and Inverse Modeling of Rupture Dynamics in Three Dimensions
  • 3 D Rupture Dynamics, Validation of the Numerical Simulation Method
  • Southern California Earthquake Center Community Modeling Environment: An Information Infrastructure for System-level Earthquake Research
  • Olsen, K. B., S. M. Day, J. B. Minster, Y. Cui, A. Chourasia, M. Faerman, R.   Moore, P. Maechling, and T. Jordan (2006). Strong shaking in Los Angeles   expected from southern San Andreas earthquake, Geophysical Research   Letters, 33, L07305, doi:10.1029/2005GL025472.
  • Olsen, K. B. Akinci, A. Rovelli, A. Marra, F. Malagnini, L. (2006). 3D   Ground-Motion Estimation in Rome, Italy, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am. 95,   133 – 146.
  • Olsen, K.B., Day, S.M., and C.R. Bradley (2003). Estimation of Q for   long-period (>2 s) waves in the Los Angeles Basin, Bull. Seis. Soc.   Am. 93, 627-638.
  • Olsen, K.B. (2001). Three-dimensional ground motion simulations for large   earthquakes on the San Andreas fault with dynamic and observational constraints, Jour. Comp. Acoust. 9, No. 3, 1203-1215.
  • Olsen, K.B. (2000). Site Amplification   in the Los Angeles Basin from 3D Modeling of Ground Motion, Bull. Seis. Soc.   Am. 90, S77-S94.
  • Olsen, K.B., R. Nigbor, and T. Konno   (2000). 3D viscoelastic wave propagation in the Upper Borrego Valley,   California, Constrained by Borehole and Surface Data, Bull. Seis. Soc.   Am. 90, 134-150.
  • Olsen, K.B., R. Madariaga, and R.J.   Archuleta (1997). Three-dimensional dynamic simulation of the 1992 Landers   earthquake, Science 278, 834-838.
  • Olsen, K.B., and R.J. Archuleta (1996).   3-D simulation of earthquakes on the Los Angeles fault system, Bull. Seism.   Soc. Am. 86, 575-596.
  • Olsen, K.B.,   J.C. Pechmann, and G.T. Schuster (1996). An analysis of simulated and   observed blast records in the Salt Lake Basin, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 86, 1061-1076.