Section 2.4: Seismology

Goals and Mission: Within the GFZ, Section 2.4 provides core seismological competence and infra-structure. A reliable assessment of the earthquake hazard requires a fundamental understanding of the underlying geodynamic processes. We examine these on a lithospheric scale by application and development of seismological methods for imaging the upper mantle and crust. We also locate and characterise seismicity on a local and regional scale as a marker of stress and deformation processes.
We run a program, GEOFON, with which we seek to facilitate cooperation in seismological research and earthquake and tsunami hazard mitigation by operating a global network of stations, by providing rapid transnational access to seismological data and source parameters of large earthquakes, by keeping these data accessible in the long term and by developing and distributing communication and processing software. Mitigation of the effects of major earthquakes by early warning from tsunamis and the provision of prompt information for governmental agencies, NGOs, the media and the general public requires rapid determination of earthquake parameters. We develop methods for the fast automatic location and determination of magnitude and other parameters (moment tensor, rupture propagation), and provide a bulletin for all major earthquakes.

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Congratulations to Tuo Zhang for successfully defending his dissertation

8. December 2022

Tuo Zhang successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Probabilistic Seismic Tomography with Scattered Waves". Congratulations Tuo

“Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award 2022" for Jannes Münchmeyer

Jannes Münchmeyer has been awarded with the “2022 Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award” of the European Geosciences Union for the poster/PICO entitled:

Which picker fits my data? A quantitative evaluation of deep learning based seismic pickers (Münchmeyer, J.; Woollam, J.; Rietbrock, A.; Tilmann, F.; Lange, D.; Bornstein, T.; Diehl, T.; Giunchi, C.; Haslinger, F.; Jozinović, D.; Michelini, A.; Saul, J.; Soto, H.)

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Congratulations Jannes

Congratulations to Jannes Münchmeyer for successfully defending his dissertation

August, 16 2022

Jannes Münchmeyer successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Machine learning for fast and accurate assessment of earthquake source parameters".
Congratulations Jannes

Horizon Europe Projekt

GFZ-koordiniertes Horizon Europe Projekt Geo-INQUIRE mit 51 Partnern fördert Infrastrukturentwicklungen für Grundlagenforschung in den Geowissenschaften. Mehr Details unter

Full waveform tomography of the flat-slab

Yajian Gao's full waveform tomography of the flat-slab and neighbouring steep-slab segment below the south central Andes was selected as IRIS science highlight. More details can be found under:



Congratulations to Ya-Jian Gao for successfully defending his dissertation

March, 11 2022

Ya-Jian Gao successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Seismic structure beneath the Central Andes revealed by full waveform inversion"
Congratulations Ya-Jian

Congratulations to Alexandra Mauerberger for successfully defending her dissertation

29. Oktober 2021

Alexandra Mauerberger successfully defended her dissertation entitled “From Craton to Present Mountains - The Scandinavian Lithosphere Imaged by Rayleigh Surface Waves and Ambient Noise"
Congratulations Alexandra


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