Clotaire Michel is interested in all aspects of seismic risk assessment, from ground motion analysis to casualty mitigation, with a focus on the vulnerability of civil engineering structures. He holds an engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines (Nancy, France), a PhD and the Habilitation in Earth Sciences from the University of Grenoble (France). He currently works at the Swiss Seismological Service as a senior researcher since December 2009.
Clotaire has developed analysis methods for ambient vibrations in civil engineering and geological structures for applications to seismic risk assessment. He collected a large amount of field data for this purpose. He also has experience of post-earthquake surveys and participated in the creation of training courses for vulnerability and damage analysis after an earthquake, particularly for macroseismic studies, in France and Switzerland. He also developed earthquake loss scenarios for the school buildings in the city of Basel using the Openquake software.
Between 2009 and 2013, he successfully completed Phase 1 of the Strong Motion Network renewal project and between 2013 and 2016 the Basel Risk mitigation project.
He is facilitating the site characterisation group and its database and further works on the Phase 2 of the SSMNet renewal project.
Senior researcher (Oberassistent) at the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zürich in the group Engineering Seismology (Prof. D. Fäh).
Main projects: Erdbebenvorsorge im Kanton Basel-Stadt (2013-2015); Erneuerung des Starkbebennetzes Phase 1 (2009-2013).
Other projects: expert for the project “Seismic risk of existing buildings” (Bundesamt für Umwelt); “Swiss Hazard 2015” (SED)
Duty seismologist since 2011
Mar. 2008 - Nov. 2009
Scientist (post-doc) at the Applied Computing and Mechanics Laboratory (IMAC) of ETH Lausanne (EPFL) in the group of Earthquake Engineering (Dr. P. Lestuzzi)
Project: Wirklichkeitsnahe Erdbebenverletzbarkeits- und Verschiebungsfunktionen von Mauerwerksgebäuden in der Schweiz (Präventionsstiftung der Kantonalen Gebäudeversicherungen)
Oct. 2007 - Feb. 2008
Post-doc at LGIT Grenoble on the ARVISE project: Assessment and Reduction of the Seismic Vulnerability of Existing Buildings
2004 / 2007
PhD at the Institute of Geophysics (LGIT now ISTerre) Grenoble: Seismic vulnerability analysis using in situ experimental techniques : from the building to the city scale – Application to Grenoble (France).
Supervisor: Philippe Guéguen and Pierre-Yves Bard. Jury: A. Plumier (Professor, Univ. Liège), P. Argoul (Researcher LCPC Paris), M. Campillo (Professor, UJF Grenoble), C. Ventura (Professor, UBC Vancouver CA), P. Labbé (EDF-SEPTEN Lyon), J. Clinton (ETH Zurich), P. Guéguen and P.-Y. Bard.
Master project at the Institute of Geophysics (LGIT now ISTerre) Grenoble: Seismic vulnerability analysis at a large scale: application to Grenoble. Supervised by P. Guéguen.
Project Ecole des Mines de Nancy
Numerical modelling of the Umm Amr monastery (Gaza strip, Palestine). Supervised by T. Verdel (LAEGO Nancy) and R. Elter (archeologist). 3 months including 2 weeks on the field (Jerusalem and Gaza).