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24.03.2017 | Report | Workshop on Natural Hazards in Southeast Asia

Observation of planet Earth is a collaborative thing. This is why the GFZ engages in several international partnerships, for example in the field of natural hazard research. To strengthen future collaboration within Southeast Asia, representatives of the Earth Observatory Singapore EOS and the GFZ held a workshop meeting in Potsdam on March 22 and 23.


20.03.2017 | Report | How to make buildings more resilient to seismic shocks

Depending on the magnitude earthquakes can cause severe damage to buildings leading even to total collapse. This leads to the loss of thousands of lives every year. In order to reduce this risk scientists are working on building regulations that shall contribute to rendering houses and buildings more resilient to seismic shocks. On March 16th and 17th, experts from all over Europe got together in Potsdam to discuss how the current building regulations can be adapted to the current state of research and, consequently, be update and improved.


06.03.2017 | Report | Hill Slopes on the Move – Natural Hazards in Central Asia

Central-Asia belongs to the regions of the world where the risk of geohazards is particularly high: Earthquakes, landslides or flooding events, e.g. due to glacial lake outbursts, occur here more often than in other places in the world. How these natural hazards are investigated and how the resulting knowledge can then be used to better protect the population has been the topic of discussions between researchers from the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences and the Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences CAIAG over the last days in Potsdam.


27.02.2017 | Report | Volcanic ash may harm solar panels

Volcanic eruptions produce great amounts of ash. The fine particles – often called tephra – can cross oceans affecting regions severals hundreds kilometers away. Many Europeans recall, for instance, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull (Iceland) in spring 2010. For safety reasons thousands of flights in Europe had to be cancelled. Impacts of tephra fall is a research field that is currently seeing an increase in attention and relevance. If deposited on photovoltaic (PV) modules, volcanic ashes can lead to significant loss in power production as shown in experiments at the GFZ.


23.02.2017 | Report | Global Navigation Satellite Systems in modern geodesy – GNSS seminar at the GFZ

Geodesy is the science of measuring the surface of the Earth. Today, an important tool is the use of Global Satellite Navigation Systems (GNSS). On 22 and 23 February, more than one hundred experts from theory and practice met for the GNSS seminar “Competence for the future” on Telegrafenberg, to exchange about newest developments.


08.02.2017 | Report | Damaged Roads, Drones and Aftershocks

GFZ's HART-Team going Down Under: Tracking the enigmatic Earthquake in Kaikoura (New Zealand)

Enigmatic – the attribute is often used to describe the Kaikoura-Earthquake on November 14th 2016. Though, a lot of energy was released (magnitude 7.8) and there is widespread damage of roads and buildings, only two people were killed. It was not just one Earthquake on one fault. Around 20 known and unknown faults were activated, ruptures can be found all over the landscape, hills and valleys were displaced by up to 10 meters.


19.01.2017 | Bericht | Neujahrsempfang zu 25 Jahren GFZ

25 Jahre GFZ und fast 140 Jahre Geoforschung auf dem Telegrafenberg - über 400 Gäste nahmen am gestrigen Neujahrsempfang teil, um den in diesem Jahr ganz besonderen Geburtstag des GeoForschungsZentrums zu feiern. Von Aufbruchstimmung, großen Visionen aber auch großer Verantwortung sprachen die Festrednerinnen und -redner. Bundesministerin Wanka, Ministerin Münch, der Potsdamer Oberbürgermeister Jakobs, GFZ-Gründungsdirektor Emmermann, Alterspräsident des Deutschen Bundestags Riesenhuber und Helmholtz-Präsident Wiestler waren angereist, um ihre Glückwünsche zu überbringen.

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