GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Prof. Dr. Gottfried Grünthal

Gottfried Grünthal
Prof. Dr. Gottfried Grünthal
Building A 70, Room 222 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Research Interests:

  • Probabilistic seismic hazard assessments
  • Harmonized regional long-term earthquake cataloguing
  • Induced seismicity
  • Engineering seismology and macroseismology
  • Historical seismology
  • Probabilistic tsunami hazard assessments
  • Seismic risk and synopsis of risks due to different perils


  • 2014 retirement and continued work as senior research scientist
  • 1992-2014 Head of Section "Seismic Hazard and Stress Field" at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
  • 1990-1991 Head of Section "Seismic hazard and focal processes" at Central Institute for Physics of the Earth (ZIPE), Potsdam
  • 1974-1989 Research scientist at Central Institute for Physics of the Earth (ZIPE), Potsdam


  • 1971-1974 PhD, Institute for Geophysics and Geology at University Leipzig
  • 1967-1971 Study of Geophysics at University Leipzig


  • 2013-2018 Probabilistic Seismic Hazard for Germany for update of the building code
  • 2012-2018 DESERVE - The Virtual Institute DEad SEa Research VEnue
  • 2010-2013 GEISER - Geothermal Engineering Integrating Mitigation of Induced Seismicity in Reservoirs
  • 2010-2012 SHARE - Seismic Hazard Harmonization in Europe
  • 2006-2009 SAFER - Seismic eArly warning For EuRope
  • 2006-2009 TRANSFER - Tsunami Risk ANd Strategies For the European Region
  • 2004-2005 ITER site - seismic hazard assessment
  • 2000-2003 DFNK - Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen
  • 1993-1999 GSHAP Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program, Head of Regional Centre
  • 1988-1998 EMS-98 European Macroseismic Scale 1998, Working Group Chairman

Research Boards and Committees:

  • since 1991 Member of the German Committee on Seismic Building Codes (responsible for seismic zonation and seismic load)
  • 2001-2012 Associate Editor of Journal of Seismology
  • 2011 Member of expert commission on safety assessment of nuclear power plants afte the Fukushima-I nuclear accident
  • 2005-2012 Member of advisory board to the German Committee on the Seismic Safety of Nuclear Facilities (KTA)
  • 1991-1999 Member of the Steering Committee of the German Society on Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (DGEB)

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