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17.10.2016 | Earthquake series cause uplift variations at continental margins

A new mechanism may explain how great earthquakes with magnitudes larger than M7 are linked to coastal uplift in many regions worldwide. This has important implications for the seismic hazard and the tsunami risk along the shores of many countries. The mechanism is proposed by an international team of scientists led by Vasiliki Mouslopoulou of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in the journal “Tectonics”. The idea is that series of severe earthquakes within a geologically short period of time cause the rising of the land where one tectonic plate slips beneath another slab of the Earth's crust in a process called subduction.


10.10.2016 | 20th International Workshop on Laser Ranging

10.10.2016: The Laser Ranging is a cosmic-geodetic high-precision measuring method. Scientists use this method, which includes the involvement of satellites, for high-precision measurements of distances and heights on the Earth’s surface, investigations of the Earth’s gravity field, and for the calibration of microwave devices on satellites. Every second year, experts in the field of laser ranging meet for discussion and scientific exchange. This year, the meeting will for the first time be held on Potsdam Telegrafenberg, the cradle of scientific geodesy, from October 10 to 14. Organizer of the meeting is the GFZ section Global Geomonitoring and Gravity Field.


10.10.2016 | ETN System-Risk Kick-Off Meeting

[Translate to Englisch:] System-Risk, “A Large-Scale Systems Approach to Flood Risk Assessment and Management”, ist ein Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network ETN. Am 10. und 11. Oktober treffen sich die TeilnehmerInnen des Netzwerks zu einem Kick-Off Meeting in Potsdam. Beteiligte WissenschaftlerInnen und VertreterInnen aus Industrie und Behörden wollen sich über gemeinsame Ziele zu aktuellen Herausforderungen in der wissenschaftlichen Hochwasserrisikoforschung und zu den Anforderungen an das Ingenieurwesen, den Versicherungssektor und die Politik verständigen.


06.10.2016 | Personalia| Best Paper Award for Kevin Fleming

Dr. Kevin Fleming, GFZ Section Centre for Early Warning Systems, is co-author of a study that has been awarded with the 2015 Georisk Best Paper Award. With this award, the editors of the open access scientific journal Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards highlight the paper of the previous year “worthy of commendation for its technical merit”.


06.10.2016 | Potatoes under water – Flood risk for agricultural crops

The effects of flood events on agriculture only received limited attention so far. A new study by a team of GFZ scientists from the section Hydrology, in cooperation with a colleague from the Hessian State Office for Agriculture, assesses the risk for several agricultural crops. Within a risk map the scientists present the regions and crops that are especially endangered.


05.10.2016 | Glacial erosion rates are hard to pin down

The Earth’s history is preserved in tree-rings, sediments or layers of ice, to name but a few. How much sediment is accumulated over centuries, millennia or even millions of years depends on the rates with which mountains erode. The more precise the estimate of erosion rates, the better one can understand the geological past. An international team of scientists including Dirk Scherler from GFZ’s section Earth Surface Geochemistry published a study in Science Advances that addresses some problems in estimating erosion rates.


04.10.2016 | Help for self-help – International Training Course on seismology and seismic hazard assessment in Myanmar

Again and again Southeast Asia is affected by natural hazards. The most remembered painful event so far was with no doubt the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean of 2004, triggered by an earthquake, which caused the death of more than 230,000 people. An event like a tsunami becomes a natural hazard if a region is not well prepared. After the tsunami disaster of 2004 the GFZ was mandated with the development of a tsunami early warning system that started operations in 2008. The GFZ further supports the region with the International Training Course "Seismology and seismic hazard assessment" that is organized in Myanmar this year. Since 1992 the GFZ section Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes conducts this course as part of the educational and training program of the UNESCO, since 2005 led by Dr. Claus Milkereit.

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