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Short communication
24 Mar 2020
Short communication |  | 24 Mar 2020

Short communication: A semiautomated method for bulk fault slip analysis from topographic scarp profiles

Franklin D. Wolfe, Timothy A. Stahl, Pilar Villamor, and Biljana Lukovic

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This short communication presents an efficient method for analyzing large fault scarp data sets. The programs and workflow required are open-source and the methodology is easy to use; thus the barrier to entry is low. This tool can be applied to a broad range of active tectonic studies. A case study in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, exemplifies the novelty of this tool by generating results that are consistent with extensive field campaigns in only a few hours at a work station.