Jer-Ming Chiu, Professor

PhD., 1982, Geological Sciences (Seismology), Cornell University

MS., 1974, Geophysics, National Central University, Taiwan, ROC

BS., 1971, Physics, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, ROC


Tel: (901)-6784839, Fax: (901)-6784734


  • Introduction to Seismology                      Earthquake Seismology
  • Geophysical Time Series Analysis            Applied Geophysics
  • Seismogram Reading                               Seminar in Seismology
  • Seminar in Geophysics


Research Overview:

   Earthquake seismology                              Digital signal processing

        Seismic instrumentation                              3-D earthquake location technique

        Active tectonics                                         Seismic response of sedimentary basins

        Seismicity and active faults                    3-D structure of the continents and subduction zones



Research Areas:

       Central USA                                             South American Andes (Argentina)

        New Zealand                                             Hawaii

        Taiwan                                                       Korea

        Japan                                              China



Research Activities:  Outlines of his research activities


Recent Publications:

  • Estimation of regional seismic hazard in the Korean Peninsula using historical earthquake data between A.D. 2 and 1995, (2004), Bull. Seism. Soc. Am, 94(1), 269-284, J.M. Chiu and S.G. Kim (p1)
  • Shear wave velocities of the post-Paleozoic sediments across the upper Mississippi Embayment, (2004), Seism. Res. Lett., 75(3), 390-405, R.L. Street, E.W. Woolery, and J.M. Chiu (p2)
  • A preliminary study of crustal structure in Taiwan region using receiver function analysis, (2004), Geophys. J. Int., 159, 146-164, Kim,  K.H., J.M. Chiu, H. Kao, Q. Liu, and Y.H. Yeh (p3)
  • Three-dimensional Vp and Vs structural models associated with the active subduction and collision tectonics in the Taiwan region, (2005), Geophys. J. Int., 162, 204-220, K.H. Kim, J.M. Chiu, J. Pujol, K.C. Chen, B.S. Huang, and Y.H. Yeh (p4)
  • Modern seismic observations in the Tatun Volcano Region of northern Taiwan: seismic/volcanic hazard adjacent to the Taipei metropolitan area, (2005), TAO,16(3), 579-594, K.H. Kim, G. Chang, K.F. Ma, J.M. Chiu, and K.C. Chen (p5)
  • Imaging subduction zone coupling: 3-D Vp, Vp/Vs and Q in the southern North Island, New Zealand, (2005), Geophys. J. Int., 162, 270-288, Eberhart-Phillips, D., M. Reyners, M. Chadwick, and J.M. Chiu (p6)
  • Earthquake relocations, fault zone geometry and constraints on lateral velocity variations using the joint hypocenter determination method in the Taiwan area, (2005), Earth Planets Space, 57, 809-823, K.H. Kim, J.M. Chiu, J. Pujol, and K.C. Chen (p7)
  • A simple algorithm for local earthquake location using 3-dimensional Vp and Vs models – test examples in the central USA and Taiwan regions, (2006), Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 96(1), 288-305, H. Chen, J.M. Chiu, J. Pujol, K.H. Kim, K.C. Chen, B.S. Huang, Y.H. Yeh, and S.C. Chiu (p8)
  • Polarity reversal of active plate boundary and elevated oceanic upper mantle beneath the collision zone suture in central eastern Taiwan, (2006), Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 96(3), 796-806, K.H. Kim, J.M. Chiu, J. Pujol, and K.C. Chen (p9)
  • Anomalous Pn waves observed in eastern Taiwan: implications of a thin-crust and elevated oceanic upper mantle beneath the active collision zone suture, (2007), Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 97(4), 1370-1377, Liang, W.T., J.M. Chiu, and K.H. Kim (p10)
  • Other publications (pp)


Current Graduate Students: Biniam Asmerom (Fall 2006 -  Present)


Results from Recent Researches:

  • Propagation of seismic waves in subduction zones from intermediate-depth earthquakes – (r1)
  • A new tectonic model for the orogenic process in the Taiwan region – (r2)
  • Comparison between the observed gravity anomaly and estimated gravity data converted from 3-D velocity structure and its implications—(r3)
  • Thin crust and eastward dipping low velocity zone beneath the Taupo volcanic zone in the North Island of New Zealand – (r4)
  • Vp and Vs profile for the sedimentary basin in the upper Mississippi embayment from converted waves and seismic lines – (r5)


Research Projects: list of projects