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apl. Prof. Arno Zang

Section 2.6: Seismic Hazard and Stress Field

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 6, room 210
14467 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1325
Fax: +49 331 288-1127
e-mail: arno.zang(at)


About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

Professor of Geophysics and Rock Mechanics

Research Interests:

  • Fracture Mechanics and Rock Physics
  • Energy Technologies (Geothermal, shale, repository)
  • Stress Field of the Earth’s Crust and Underground Experiments
  • Scaling Problems in Earth’s Sciences


  • 2016 - apl. Professor of Geophysics and Rock Mechanics at Potsdam University
  • 2010 - GFZ, Section 2.6 Seismic Hazard and Stress Field, responsible for fracture mechanical applications in rock stress, geothermal and geologic reservoirs. Design and performance of in situ experiments in underground research laboratories
  • 2006 - Privatdoczent Geophysics at Potsdam University
  • 1993-2010 German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Section 3.2 Geomechanics and Rheology, responsible for Rock Physics laboratory, uniaxial and triaxial core testing
  • 1992-1993 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rock Mechanics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA responsible for investigating the effect of cementing agents on elastic and transport properties of diagenetically consolidated sandstones
  • 1987-1992 Geophysicist, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, German Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB), responsible for stress measurement from ultra-deep drill cores


  • since 1995
  • Experimental Rock Physics, Potsdam University
  • Rock Rheology, Potsdam University
  • Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ruhr-University of Bochum
  • Stress Field of the Earth’s Crust, Potsdam University
  • International Stress Short Courses (one to three days with excursion)
  • 2016 Central European Stress Course, Budapest Hungary
  • 2013 Rock Stress Course, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • 2012 In situ Rock Stress Estimation and Application, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2011 Crustal Rock Stress, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
  • 2010 Crustal Rock Stress, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Students MSc

2014 Sebastian Specht: Spatiotemporal variations of the seismic wavefield at The Geysers geothermal area (California) from ambient noise cross-correlations.
2014 Moritz Ziegler: Modeling mining-induced stress perturbations in a deep South African gold mine.
2015 Maria Reschke: Modeling displacement rates in the Sea of Marmara.
2015 Simon Preuß: Stress field sensitivity analysis for a potential nuclear waste disposal site in Northern Switzerland.
2015 Marton Pal Farkas: Discrete element investigation of fracture growth in granitic rock subjected to compressive loading and hydraulic pressure (Eötvös University, Budapest)
2016 Anna Kard: Analysis of induced seismicity in Iceland
2017 Görgö Hutka: Simulation of fluid-injection experiments.
2017 Niklas Schaaf, BSc. Towards characterisation of natural fractures in a cap rock shale.

current PhD Students

2017 Peter Niemz, Dipl.-Geophys., Acoustic emission waveform analysis of underground hydraulic fracture experiments.
2015 Marton Pal Farkas, MSc, Hydraulic, mechanical and thermal fracturing in energy technologies.
2014 Moritz Ziegler, MSc, The 3D in situ stress field and its changes in geothermal reservoirs, PhD defended 2017-10-10.
2013 Julia Wolf, Dipl.-Geophys., Schadenserkennung in Beton durch Überwachung mit eingebetteten Ultraschallprüfköpfen, PhD defended 2017-03-31.


  • 1998 Habilitation Geophysics, Dr. rer. nat. habil., Potsdam University
  • 1991 Dissertation Geophysics, Dr. phil. nat., J.W.Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main
  • 1987 Diploma Geophysics, Dipl.-Geophys., J.W.Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main


  • 2017-2020, SECURE, Bmbf Verbundprojekt Nachhaltige und umweltfreundliche Verwendung und Erhaltung von Untergrund Reservoiren, 1 PhD
  • 2017-2020, DESTRESS Demonstartion of soft stimulation treatments of geothermal reservoirs. EU project Horizon 2020, 1 PostDoc, 1 PhD
  • 2014-2016, The Geothermic Fatigue Hydraulic Fracturing Experiment at Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory Sweden, funded by GFZ, KIT and Nova FoU Sweden
  • 2014-2017, SSM 2014-3668 Swedish Radiation Saftey Authority, Thermo-mechanical modeling of seismicity related to the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste in hard rock, 1 Postdoc
  • 2014-2017, IMAGE European Union ENERGY2013.2.4.1, Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration, 1 PhD
  • 2012-2014, BMU 032 5451C, Exploitation of petrothermal reservoirs (together with Prof. G. Zimmermann, GFZ Section 4.1), 1 Postdoc
  • 2010-2013, GEISER European Union (FP7-Energy-2009-1), Geothermal Engineering Integrating Mitigation of Induced Seismicity in Reservoirs, Work package leader WP3: Induced seismicity in geothermal reservoirs, 1 Postdoc

Research Boards and Committees:

2014, acatech Energiesysteme der Zukunft, Geothermische Stromerzeugung


  • 2012 Visiting Associate Professor of Kumamoto University, Japan
  • 1993 German Geophysical Society (DGG), 1. Price presentation Leipzig
  • 1992 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), postdoctoral scholarship, Stony Brook, New York, USA
  • 1987 Herrmann-Willkomm-Stiftung, CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA