Report | International Training Course Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment

Participants of the 2017 Seismic Training (photo: E. Gantz, GFZ).

13.09.2017: The GFZ section Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes carries out annual training courses on "Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment", supported by the German Department of Foreign Affairs. These courses are part of the educational and training program of the UNESCO in the field of geosciences and disaster mitigation. This year’s course started on 4 September and will run until 29 September at the GFZ.

The courses provide theoretical fundamentals and practical training in applied seismology, especially for geoscientists and technicians from developing countries. The program is particularly useful for seismological station and network operators, data interpreters and those concerned with seismic zoning and hazard assessment. Of 210 applications, an all-time high, 27 participants from 23 countries were selected. Within the four-week course they are trained in fields like seismology, engineering seismology, hazard assessment or methods of monitoring and modelling.

In addition to the Department of Foreign Affairs further partner of this year’s course are the German Agency for Technical Relief, the German Red Cross, and the University of Bonn. The last week will be a joint event with these partners in form of a practical training simulation of an earthquake scenario titled "Desaster Management - Rapid Response". (ak)

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