Seismic Hazard Assessment for the D-A-CH countries (Germany D, Austria A, Switzerland CH)

The seismic hazard assessment for the D-A-CH countries (Germany D, Austria A, and Switzerland CH) started in 1993 as an initiative from the GFZ Potsdam. The D-A-CH countries became then the test area for the Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program (GSHAP) activities at the GSHAP Regional Centre - chaired by G. Grünthal - at the GFZ Potsdam.

Probability seismic hazard assessments were carried out, based on a joint earthquake catalogue for the study area and a common model of seismic source zones.

seismic database

seismic source zone model

calculated seismic hazard map

The calculated seismic hazard maps are precondition for the map of earthquake zones for the new German construction standard suitable for earthquakes and for engineering applications in Switzerland and Austria.


  • Grünthal, G., Mayer-Rosa, D., Lenhardt, W. (1998) Abschätzung der Erdbebengefährdung für die D-A-CH-Staaten - Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz. Bautechnik 75(10), 753-767.
  • Grünthal, G., Mayer-Rosa, D. (1998) Einheitliche Erdbebengefährdungskarte für Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz (D-A-CH). Carte de l' aléa sismique unifiée pour l'Allemagne, l'Autriche et la Suisse (D-A-CH). Schweizerischer Pool für Erdbebendeckung, Geschäftsbericht 1997, 11-24.
  • Schwarz, J., Grünthal, G. (1996) Seismic hazard related representations of seismic action and their application to low seismicity regions of central Europe. In: Thorkelsson, B. (ed.): Seismology in Europe, Papers presented at the 25th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission (Reykjavik 1996), Icelandic Meteorological Office, Ministry for the Environment, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 512-518.
  • Grünthal, G., Mayer-Rosa, D., Lenhardt, W. (1995) Joint strategy for seismic hazard assessment; application for Austria, Germany and Switzerland. 21st General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), SB 51 (Boulder/Colorado, USA). Proceedings, B 404.
  • Grünthal, G., Bosse, C., Mayer-Rosa, D., Rüttener, E., Lenhardt, W., Melichar, P. (1994) Joint seismic hazard assessment project for Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. 10th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering (Vienna/Austria 1994). Balkema Rotterdam, Proceedings, 57-62.
Prof. Dr. Gottfried Grünthal
Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 6, Room 201
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1120