Biography

I obtained my degree in Physics at Cambridge, PhD at Durham, and then worked in both Government seismology groups (Blacknest, AWRE, MOD(PE) and BGS Edinburgh, NERC) before joining UEA. My original research was into seismic Rayleigh waves, attenuation and Monte Carlo modelling and inversion for upper mantle and upper crustal models (c. 30s and 1s waves respectively). At BGS, I established a need to evaluate historical British earthquakes and also monitored and studied microearthquake ruptures in Greece. For many years I have developed techniques of extreme values and cumulative strain energy release to estimate regional and site-specific seismic hazard and investigate max-mag earthquakes. In the last few years, I focussed firstly on hazard in Greece in the SHIELDS project  funded by the EU and am embracing risk in work in China seeded by the UK-China Science & Technology fund and Benfield’s. Research into long term and time varying hazard is now allowing me to re-embrace Monte Carlo modelling now as applied to seismicity. Modelling max-mag, hazard and risk lead to a wish to research earthquake impact at first hand and with EEFIT and EPSRC funding I carried out field work in the Kashmir 2005 meizoseismal area and independently the Bantul 2006, S Java zone. The field work in Bantul, Yogyakarta has lead to collaboration with Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta on both seismic hazard and landslide hazard and means to increase resilience of the local population against such natural hazards.  I pay-back into my subject by providing advice on earthquakes to such organisations as IAEA, NATO and domestically HMNII. 


PhD Studentships Available


Modelling Seismic Hazard: Partitioning Seismicity and Segmenting Faults
 

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

All Publications

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Tallett-Williams, S., Gosh, B., Wilkinson, S., Fenton, C., Burton, P., Whitworth, M., Datla, S., Franco, G., Trieu, A., Dejong, M., Novellis, V., White, T., Lloyd, T.

(2016)

Site amplification in the Kathmandu Valley during the 2015 M7.6 Gorkha, Nepal earthquake,

in Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

14

(12)

pp. 3301–3315

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Karnawati, D., Fathani, T., Ignatius, S., Andayani, B., Legono, D., Burton, P.

(2011)

Landslide hazard and community-based risk reduction effort in Karanganyar and the surrounding area, central Java, Indonesia,

in Journal of Mountain Science

8

(2)

pp. 149-153

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bayliss, T., Burton, P.

(2010)

EUROCODE 8 aligned PGA, PGV and perceptibility hazard for Bulgaria and site-specific Sofia,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Burton, P., Husein, S., Karnawati, D.

(2010)

Incremental intensity amplification related to geological provinces in Yogyakarta Special Province, Java,

(Poster)

(Published)


Burton, P., Karnawati, D., Fathani, F., Husain, S., Naing, T., Pramumijoyo, S., Weatherill, G., Wilopo, W.

(2010)

Seismic hazard in Java, Indonesia: approaches to seismic hazard at three different scales,

(Other)

(Published)


Husein, S., Sudarno, I., Wilopo, W., Karnawati, D., Burton, P.

(2010)

Surficial cracks observed after the Pariaman (Padang) and Kerinci 2009 earthquakes, Indonesia: relationship with the nature of seismic waves,

(Other)

(Published)


Rehman, K., Burton, P., Weatherill, G.

(2010)

Assessing Seismicity and Seismic Hazard n Pakistan using Gumbel III Model,

(Other)

(Published)


Weatherill, G., Burton, P.

(2010)

Insights into the use of genetic clustering to delineate seismogenic source zones for input into probabilistic seismic hazard analysis,

(Other)

(Published)


Weatherill, G., Burton, P.

(2010)

Time-independent probabilistic seismic hazard assessment in Western Indonesia - issues, insights and new applications,

(Other)

(Published)


Weatherill, G., Burton, P.

(2010)

An alternative approach to probabilistic seismic hazard analysis in the Aegean region using Monte Carlo simulation,

in Tectonophysics

492

(1-4)

pp. 253-278

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Ali, Z., Qaisar, M., Mahmood, T., Shah, M., Iqbal, T., Serva, L., Michetti, A., Burton, P.

(2009)

The Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, earthquake of 8 October 2005: Surface faulting, environmental effects and macroseismic intensity,

in Geological Society, London, Special Publications

(316)

pp. 155-172

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Burton, P.

(2009)

Advisory mission in relation to the installation of a local micro-earthquake monitoring network in Jordan, Report to the Government of Jordan, Amman and Aqaba, Jordan,

(Other)

(Published)


Karnawati, D., Fathani, T., Andayani, B., Burton, P.

(2009)

Landslide hazard and community-based risk reduction efforts in Karanganyar and the Surounding Area, Central Java, Indonesia,

(Other)

(Published)


Karnawati, D., Fathani, T., Andayani, B., Burton, P., Sudarno, I.

(2009)

Strategic program for landslide disaster risk reduction; a lesson learned from Central Java, Indonesia,

(Other)

(Published)


Karnawati, D., Pramumijoyo, S., Hussein, S., Andayani, B., Burton, P.

(2009)

A new approach of earthquake hazard mapping as a tool to facilitate public and non-technical decision maker: a pilot study in Bantul, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia,

(Other)

(Published)


Weatherill, G., Burton, P.

(2009)

Delineation of shallow seismic source zones using K-means cluster analysis, with application to the Aegean region,

in Geophysical Journal International

176

(2)

pp. 565-588

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Burton, P., Cole, S.

(2008)

Development towards the seismic hazard mapping of Java,

in The Yogyakarta Earthquake of May 27, 2006.

Star Publishing Company, Inc

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Burton, P., Peiris, N.

(2008)

Landslides and Geotechnical Aspects,

in Kashmir Pakistan Earthquake of October 8, 2005, A Field Report by EEFIT, Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team.

Institute of Structural Engineers

pp. 60-93

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Burton, P., Weatherill, G., Karnawati, D., Pramumijoyo, S., Imran, I. (ed.), Surahman, A. (ed.), Moestopo, M. (ed.), Sengara, W. (ed.)

(2008)

Seismic hazard assessment and zoning in Java: New and alternative probabilistic assessment models,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Cole, S., Burton, P.

(2008)

Comparative analysis of the seismic hazard of Central China,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Earthquake seismology; global seismicity, seismic hazard and risk; microearthquakes to macroseismics and deformation; inversion and modelling; Rayleigh waves.

Significant Publications

  • Xu, Y. & Burton, P.W. (2006). Time varying seismicity in Greece: Hurst’s analysis and Monte Carlo simulation applied to a new earthquake catalogue for Greece, Tectonophysics, 423, 125-136.doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2006.03.006.
  • Burton, P.W., Xu, Y., Qin, C., Tselentis, G-A. & Sokos, E. (2004). A catalogue of seismicity in Greece and the adjacent areas for the twentieth century, Tectonophysics, 390, 117-127.doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2004.03.020.
  • Burton, P.W., Qin, C., Tselentis, G-A. & Sokos, E. (2004). Extreme earthquake and earthquake perceptibility study in Greece and its surrounding area, Natural Hazards, 32, 277-312. DOI: 10.1023/B:NHAZ.0000035545.89097.0d
  • Xu, Y., Burton, P.W. & Tselentis, G.-A. (2003). Regional seismic hazard for Revithoussa, Greece: an earthquake early warning shield and selection of alert signals, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 3, 757-776.
  • Burton, P.W., Xu, Y., Tselentis, G.-A., Sokos, E. & Aspinall, W. (2003). Strong ground acceleration seismic hazard in Greece and neighbouring regions, Soil Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering, 23, 159-181. DOI:10.1016/S0267-7261(02)00155-0. Also available at Science Direct
  • Sargeant, S.L., Burton, P.W., Douglas, A. & Evans, J.R. (2002). The source mechanism of the Athens earthquake, September 7, 1999 estimated from P seismograms recorded at long range, Natural Hazards, 27, 35-45.


Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

  •  Course Director, BSc/Msci Environmental Geophysics