Eric Gilli

1996 Associate Laureate, Exploration
France, Born 1957

Project Goal

Study traces of ancient earthquakes in caves to improve prediction of serious tremors

Location: France

Encouraged by his geology and geography professors, Eric Gilli became a pioneer in predicting earthquakes by studying traces of ancient earthquakes in caves.

Eric Gilli’s pioneering work in predicting earthquakes stemmed from the encouragement he got from his professors when studying geology and geography in his native France. They expanded his vision of caves and the environmental and geotechnical secrets they hold, the basis of his 1996 Rolex Award-winning project to study traces of ancient earthquakes in caves in order to forecast new tremors.

The Award allowed Gilli, born in 1957, to collect data in areas of high seismic activity and present this method to cavers and geologists in other countries. The research is still ongoing.

Today, Gilli, a geologist, hydrogeologist, geographer and karstologist, is a professor at two leading French institutions. Although still working on the recording of tectonics in caves, he is mainly involved in researching submarine springs.

Gilli is the author of several books including one on hydrogeology, Underground Waters and Rivers.

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