Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam (GIPP)

The "Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam (GIPP)" provides seismic and magnetotelluric instruments and sensors for projects of GFZ groups, universities and other research facilities. It is hosted by Section 2.2 "Geophysical Deep Sounding" of the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ). Since its foundation in 1993 the GIPP has supported more than 350 geoscientific projects.  The GIPP is part of the Modular Earth Science Infrastructure (MESI) at GFZ.

The proceedings of instrument supply on loan are laid down in "Rules of instrument supply on loan through the geophysical Instrument Pool (GIPP) of the GFZ". For application see link "Application". A steering board, which convenes twice a year, evaluates the applications and makes recommendations. The decision for the allocation of the instruments is made by the Executive Board of the GFZ.

The next steering board meeting will most likely be on November 6, 2018.

Accordingly, the deadline for applications is October 6, 2018. The actual preparation of a project has to be coordinated with the Working Group GIPP, which is also reponsible for the GIPP technical maintenance.

Pool components: Seismics/Seismology,DEPAS, Magnetotellurics


GIPP Experiment and Data Archive

The GIPP Experiment and Data Archive is the platform for long-term archiving of geophysical experiment data and its supply to users. It contains metadata of all experiments supported by the "Geophysical Equipment Pool Potsdam" (GIPP) as well as data from active seismic and magnetotelluric field measurements.

Staff                                 Phone                               E-mail

Matthias Bosdorf      +49 331 288 - 1224          matthias.bosdorf(at)

Falk Brethauer           +49 331 288 - 1225          falk.brethauer(at)

Martin Haxter             +49 331 288 - 1282          martin.haxter(at)gfz-potsdam.

Mike Hönig                  +49 331 288 - 1517          mike.hoenig(at)

Karl-Heinz Jäckel     +49 331 288 - 1229          karl-heinz.jaeckel(at)

Christof Lendl            +49 331 288 - 1221          christof.lendl(at)

Ariane Siebert           +49 331 288 - 1226          ariane.siebert(at)

Applications for instruments and sensors of the Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam should be sent to Dr. Christian Haberland one up to one and a half year in advance. In this application, a brief description of the scientific goals of the project should be included, also the reason why it is necessary to involve instruments from the GFZ, the number of desired instruments, the duration of the project (including the time for transportation), and the scheduled date. Please use the form ( pdf , doc ) and restrict the attachment "Short outline of project" to two pages.

Alternatively, the application can be carried out via website forms (at present in German only):

This application then is recommended by the Steering Board for the GIPP, and the final decision is made by the Executive Board of the GFZ. The Steering Board meets twice a year (April and October). The deadline for applications is four weeks before the Steering Board meeting (see GIPP main page for date). The applicant will be informe approx. four weeks after the decision.

Seismic Pool
The seismic-pool provides a large number of data logger, broadband seismometers and shortperiod sensors.

The "German instrument pool for amphibian seismology" (Deutscher Geräte-Pool für amphibische Seismologie, DEPAS) provides broadband-onshore stations and ocean bottom seimometers for the preferred use within amphibious projects. The onshore component is maintained by the GFZ, the offshore component is operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research in Bremerhaven (AWI).

Magnetotelluric component of the geophysical instrument pool


A collection of programs for (seismic) data conversion and pre-processing.

DSS CUBE - Field operation and data copy software (GFZ/GIPP software)

This program set contains monitor, setup, and copy programs as well as parameter sets of typical field applications to be loaded by the setup program. In conjunction with each instrument lending, the introduction into field operation software is part of the training course.

further software

EDL - Field operation and data conversion software (GFZ/GIPP software)

In conjunction with each instrument lending, the introduction into field operation software is part of the training course. During the course also the installation at the provided field PCs will be done.

The original operation software by EarthData (RealTime Monitor ModMon; Data Viewer PView) you find at

Data Delivery
Data will be delivered to the “GIPP Experiment and Data Archive” in different formats depending on the experiment type.

Data Format
Description of all data formats used in the "GIPP Experiment and Data Archive".

Steering Board
The steering board is formed by leading scientists from Universities, research institutions and/or industry.  

"Author declaration and metadata form for GIPP-data publications"
Form to collect information needed for data publications (for “GIPP Experiment and Data Archive” and GEOFON). For submission of data please contact Dr. Christian Haberland (haber(at)

Template for Datareports
Template for data reports within the "Scientific Technical Report - Data GIPP Experiment- and Data Archive"-series (see example). For submission of report and data please contact Dr. Christian Haberland (haber(at)

Rules of instrument supply on loan through the geophysical Instrument Pool (GIPP) of the GFZ
Listed are conditions and rules for the instrument supply. These issues are related to experiment preparation, scheduling, instrument return, data archiving, responsibilities of the user, etc.

User Response
At the end of instrument return we ask to  evaluate the collaboration with the Instrument Pool.

List of GIPP publications

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Q: Which instruments are available, and which not?
The GIPP provides digital datarecorders and sensors for magnetotelluric and seismological measurements (both passive seismological networks and controlled source experiments; including cables and transport boxes). Detailed information of the instrumentation can be found here (link). Batteries and solar panels are not part of the GIPP (Exception: For DEPAS stations approx. 30 50W-solar panels are available). In any case, please list your requirements for batteries and solar panels in your application and/or contact Service computer and downloading units (for hard drives) are also not part of the GIPP (this issue is covered in the preparatory meeting before instrument supply).

Q: Which services offers the GIPP?
In addition to the instrument supply on loan, the GIPP offers consulting and the introduction in the operation of the instruments (training). Additionally, the GIPP provides software for data preprocessing (e.g., GIPPtools by Christof Lendl). The GIPP does not organize transportation or customs clearance/declaration, or provides funds for these issues.

Q: Who can apply for instruments and for which purpose?
Members of Universities and other research institutions can apply for instruments. The GIPP supports primarily academic research.

Q: What do I have to pay for the instrument rental?
The instrument supply on loan is free of charge for users at universities and other research institutions. Funds for installation, operation, transports, customs charges etc. have to be provided by the applicant.

Q: How long can I install the equipment in the field?
The usual maximum rental period is 2 years; longer periods and extension on request (christian.haberland(at)

Q: How does the application procedure looks like?
The application procedure is described here (link).

Q: What do I have to keep in mind regarding transportation of equipment and customs?
Neither organization of transport and customs declaration nor funding for these issues are covered by the GIPP. However, details on these issues are discussed during the preparatory meeting before the instrument supply. Copies of customs forms have to be sent to the GIPP.

Q: Which deadlines have to be met?
Applications should be sent to the GIPP 4 weeks before the steering board meetings (usually in April and October). The next date can be checked here (link). Applications should be sent to the GIPP one to one and a half years before the expected start of the experiment. Two months before the instrument supply a preparatory meeting has to be arranged.

Q: Which general aspects have to considered when applying for GIPP instruments?
The rental rules are basically laid down in 2 documents, “Rules of instrument supply on loan to external users” and  "Rules of instrument supply on loan through the geophysical Instrument Pool (GIPP) of the GFZ"

Contact / Seismic Pool

Christian Haberland
Group Leader
Dr. Christian Haberland
Geophysical Deep Sounding
Building E, Room 323
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1810

Contact / magnetotellurics

Oliver Ritter
Group Leader
Prof. Dr. Oliver Ritter
Near-surface Geophysics
Building E, Room 423
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1257