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11.04.2017 | Personalia | Sofia-Katerina Kufner awarded for best presentation

On the 77th annual meeting of the Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft DGG, from 27 to 30 March in Potsdam, Sofia-Katerina Kufner, GFZ section Lithosphere Dynamics, was awarded with the Prize for the best presentation.


05.04.2017 | Megathrust earthquakes trigger themselves – Mechanisms behind earthquake cycles at Chiles plate boundary discovered

When a phase of relative seismic quiescence of decades to centuries is followed by a short phase of strong seismic activity of several days or years, scientists refer to it as a megathrust earthquake cycle. A team of five GFZ scientists, a Chilean colleague, and first author Daniel Melnick from the University of Potsdam investigated the mechanisms behind these mega earthquake cycles at the Chilean plate boundary. The results, published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, are now distinguished as “research spotlight” by the news platform EOS of the American Geophysical Union AGU. Like this, EOS honors “the best accepted articles” that were published in an AGU journal.


03.04.2017 | Interview | Harald Schuh: "We are close to the millimeter"

Geodesy is the science of surveying the Earth’s surface. But is there anything left to measure since the times of Magellan and Humboldt? We are talking about this question and about modern geodesy with Harald Schuh, Director of GFZ department Geodesy and Head of section Space Geodetic Techniques.


31.03.2017 | Climate seesaw at the end of the last glacial phase – A warmer Europe cools down East Asia

The climate of the Earth follows a complex interplay of cause-and-effect chains. A change in precipitation at one location may be caused by changes on the other side of the planet. A better understanding of these “teleconnections” – the linkages between remote places – may help to better understand local impacts of future climate change. A look into the climate of the past helps to investigate the teleconnections. An international team of Japanese, British, Australian, and German scientists, with the participation of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, now investigated Japanese lake sediments to decipher the interplay between local climate changes on the northern hemisphere about 12.000 years ago. Their results, now published as Nature Scientific Report, show that a regional warming in Europe caused a cooling and an increase in snowfall in East Asia.


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.


22.03.2017 | Exhibition "Focus: Earth - Measuring our World"

An exhibition of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences opens today in the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History, Potsdam. Duration: 24 March to 9 July 2017


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.

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