Ms. Danhua Xin will stay at KIT for the next four years in order to work on a PhD in the Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences aiming at novel methodologies in hazard and risk assessment.
She graduated in geophysics from Nanjing University, which ranks as one of the top universities in China with a MSc thesis on ‚Localized temporal change of Earth’s inner core 1 boundary from high quality waveform doublets’. She won a scholarship of the China Scholarship Councel that will support her studies at KIT. Nanjing (in German sometimes called Nanking) is the second largest city in Eastern China with population close to 10 Million and located at the Yangtze River about 250 km to the West of Shanghai.
In particular, she will use probabilistic methods to model seismic hazard and test model robustness using historical records for seismic active areas in China. Her work will also involve the use of professional hazard assessment tools, combined with risk and vulnerability statistics, to perform loss assessment due to geological hazards.