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Dr. Grzegorz Kwiatek

Section 4.2: Geomechanics and Rheology

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building D, room 422
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1384
Fax: +49 331 288-1328
e-mail: grzegorz.kwiatek(at)


About the person

Research Interests:

  • Fluid- and mining-induced seismicity
  • Physics of earthquake source
  • Earthquake scaling relations between laboratory experiments on rock samples and picoseismicity recorded in-situ.


  • 2002 MEng in Environmental Geophysics: AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracov, Poland, Dept. of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection. Title of thesis: “A computer program for the local seismic hazard assessment based on the catalog of Rudna Copper Mine”.
  • 2007 PhD in Seismology, Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Title of thesis: “Source tomography of seismic events recorded in Rudna Copper Mine, Poland”.
  • 2007- Postdoctoral position, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany; Section 3.2: Geomechanics and Rheology.


  • Source processes and scaling relations of nano- and picoseismicity in gold mines in South Africa (JAGUARS project).
  • Analysis of fluid-induced seismicity related to EGS systems: Gross Schoenebeck geothermal laboratory, Berlin Geothermal Field (GEISER project), The Geysers geothermal field.
  • Analysis of acoustic emission in laboratory experiments on rock samples (calibration, moment tensors, source parameters)
  • Comprehensive study of microseismicity at Rudna copper mine, Poland: nucleation phase, source tomography, spectral parameters, focal mechanisms, seismic hazard analysis.
  • Software development for seismic hazard analysis (RISK) and seismic moment tensor and source parameters inversion (FOCI).