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Prof. Dr. Torsten Dahm

Head of Section 2.1: Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 7, room 201
14467 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1200
Fax: +49 331 288-1204
e-mail: torsten.dahm(at)gfz-potsdam.de

Publications

About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

  • Head of section 2.1: Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Professor in Geophysics/Seismology, University of Potsdam
  • Spokesperson PT4, POFIII: Natural Hazards

Research Interests:

  • Earthquake physics: earthquake rupture process, source parameter inversion, triggering of earthquakes, fluid related earthquakes, volcanic earthquakes, seismicity, induced seismicity.
  • Physics of fractures: emplacement, slow dislocations, fracture related intrusion, effective parameter, hydraulic fracturing, fluid- and pressure in the sub-ground.
  • Theoretical and experimental seismology: wave propagation and wavefield inversion, structural and velocity tomography, damping, ambient vibrations, surface wave studies, microseisms and noise.
  • Marine broadband seismology

Career:

  • 2000 Habilitation in Geophyiscs, University of Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1994 Dr. rer nat. in Geophysics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany 
  • 1990 Diploma in Geophysics

Education:

  • Since 2012 W3 Professor in Geophysics at University of Potsdam. Head of the Section 2.1 “Earthquake Risk and Early Warning” at GFZ Potsdam
  • 2000 - 2012  C3 Professor in Seismology at the University Hamburg, Germany. Head of the Seismology Group.
  • 1994 – 2000  Hochschulassistent University Frankfurt with Prof. Gerhard Müller
  • 1990– 1994  PhD at Faculty of Physics, Institute of Geophysics, University Karlsruhe
Teaching experience
    • Regular supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc projects
    • Regular teaching at University (in german, lecture notes are available as pdf on request): Introduction to Geophysics (2001-2012), Traveltime seismology (2000-2012), Body and surface wave seismology (2007-2011), Rupture processes in seismology and volcanology (2008-today), Inversion problems in geophysics (2000-2012), Signal analysis in Geophysics (2013) and Seismological data recording (2003), Fundamentals of mathematical Geophysics (2001)
    • Contributions to international training courses / summer schools (moment tensor inversion, array seismology, study of seismic swarms associated with fluid movement, GFZ-Unesco training course)

Other

    • Associate editor in earthquake seismology for Geophysical Journal International (2002-2006)
    • Editor in Chief for Journal of Seismology (2005-2012)
    • Reviewer panels for specific projects (BMBF, EU, DFG, other)
    • PI scientist for ship cruises
    • Consultancy for case studies of induced seismicity

Projects:

< see webpages section 2.1

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Advisory board German Geophysical Society (DGG)
  • German representative in EPOS WG 10: Induced Seismicity
  • NKGG spokesperson for „Seimology and Physics of the Earth Interior of ISAPEI
  • Advisory board German instrument pool for amphibian seismology (DEPAS)