About the project

Investigation of seismically vulnerable areas in Croatia and seismic ground motion assessment

2 117 647  EUR

Total project budget

Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014 – 2021 financing 85 %
Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia co-financing 15 %

17 January 2022 –
30 April 2024

Project duration

Project manager

Assoc. prof.
Snježana Markušić

Andrija Mohorovičić Geophysical Institute, Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Project manager assistant

Assist. prof.
Josip Stipčević

Andrija Mohorovičić Geophysical Institute, Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Norwegian project partner

Prof.
Stéphane Rondenay

Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, Norway

Project administrator

Branimir Turudić

Andrija Mohorovičić Geophysical Institute, Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Goals and purpose of the CRONOS project

Croatia is located in a seismically active area where thousands of earthquakes are recorded annually. On average four of these are strong enough to cause damage with occasional very strong events dangerous enough to cause great damage and losses.

The overall objective of the project “Investigation of seismically vulnerable areas in Croatia and seismic ground motion assessment” – CRONOS – is to make Croatian society more resilient to the impact of destructive earthquakes. We aim to facilitate this through the development and modernization of seismic hazard assessment in Croatia and stimulate the development of seismic risk reduction policies through scientific infrastructure and capacity building, knowledge transfer and international research cooperation. The project will help to improve the seismological scientific community in Croatia and Norway and strengthen bilateral cooperation and knowledge transfer.

Specific objectives of the project are:

Assess the potential seismic hazard for selected seismically most endangered region(s) in Croatia

Build a new seismic research infrastructure for the highest scientific impact

Strengthen the collaboration between Croatian and Norwegian geophysical communities through joint research and knowledge transfer

Transfer the scientific understanding of seismic and natural hazards to the community, people, businesses, policymakers and government agencies

Contribute to earthquake risk reduction

The project consists of two components:

Component 1

Assessment of seismogenic potential and characterization of the seismic fault systems and fault behaviour on the basis of newly collected data using modern seismological methods

Component 2

Development of attenuation relations for predicting seismic ground motion (GMPE – ground motion prediction equation)

In both components, we focus on one of the most seismically endangered areas of Croatia: the north and middle parts of Dalmatia. The activities in these two components complement each other – they are equally important in the process of better seismic hazard assessment and seismic risk reduction.

Moreover, these investigations are of great importance as their results can help national authorities, public and private institutions, civil emergency agencies and urban planners to enhance their disaster preparedness plans and contribute to the security of the Croatian citizens.

Project financing

The Norway Grants and the EEA Grants represent Norway’s contribution towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

Through the Norway Grants and the EEA Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with beneficiary countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). Together with the other donors, Norway has provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.

Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway and are available in the countries that joined the EU after 2003. For the period 2014-2021, the Norway Grants amount to €1.25 billion. The priorities for this period are: Innovation, Research, Education, Competitiveness and Decent Work; Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction; Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy; Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights; Justice and Home Affairs.

The project “Investigation of seismically vulnerable areas in Croatia and seismic ground motion assessment – CRONOS” benefits from a 2.1 million € grant from Norway. The project is financed through the Local Development and Poverty Reduction Programme. The aim of the project is to make Croatian society more resilient to the impact of destructive earthquakes.