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SAFER geodatabase for the Kathmandu Valley: Geotechnical and geological variability


The Kathmandu Valley is within a seismically active region with only few recorded strong-motion data. Geophysical information in the Valley is also sparse. In addition, the absence of an open database which compiles in situ geophysical tests, borehole records, and geotechnical laboratory data is affecting the advancement of knowledge in the region. This article presents SAFER/GEO-591 database, named after the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)-funded project Seismic Safety and Resilience of Schools in Nepal (SAFER). SAFER/GEO-591 contains data from groundwater wells and boreholes originally commissioned for research and commercial purposes. This work describes (1) the quality assessment and harmonization process conducted on the dataset, (2) the variation of shear-wave velocity (V_S) measurements and geotechnical parameters with depth and elevation in the Valley, (3) the current understanding of the Valley sediment/bedrock topography, and finally (4) new geological cross sections. A companion article presents an updated V_(S30) map across the Valley based on the contributions of this article. The database can be downloaded from the University of Bristol repository via DOI: https://doi.org/10.5523/bris.3gjcvx51lnpuv269xsa1yrb0rw.

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© 2020 The Author(s). Date received: 5 February 2019; accepted: 21 November 2019. First Published February 6, 2020. The authors acknowledge the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) project "Seismic Safety and Resilience of Schools in Nepal" SAFER (EP/P028926/1). The first author acknowledges the support of EPSRC (EP/R51245X/1). The database SAFER-GEO-591_v1.1 is used to produce all figures and tables in this publication. This is available for download from the University of Bristol Data Repository (Gilder et al., 2019c). In electronic Appendix A, additional figures and tables are provided; in electronic Appendix B the raster files of model b + g are included in two formats (depth or elevation). The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Grant codes: EP/P028926/1; EP/R51245X/1. Supplemental material for this article is available online.

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