Dr. Henriette Sudhaus

Henriette Sudhaus
Dr. Henriette Sudhaus
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 6, Room 101
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1207
+49 331 288-1204

Function and Responsibilities:

I am guest scientist at GFZ and cooperate with several groups and scientists on earthquake observations, surface displacement data and software development.

I am with the Kiel university and lead an Emmy-Noether research group, funded by DFG, on improved combination of geodetic and seismological data for earthquake source analyses. More information can be found here http://www.bridges.uni-kiel.de.

Research Interests:

My main research focus on characterizing earthquake sources. I also study aseismic faulting and volcano-related deformation processes.

My expertise is in space-borne SAR (Synthetic Aperture RADAR) data processing and analysis. In these InSAR data I am primarily looking at crustal deformation signals as caused by larger and/or shallow earthquakes. Using these data of measurable surface displacement I am analysing the properties of the earthquake sources and on the fly I try to improve our techniques methodological. One of my specialities here is the detailed consideration of data errors in the analysis and the error propagation to estimate the model qualities. I also try, where possible, to combine different instrumental data sets to better constrain the models. Where possible I am using as many SAR data as possible, GPS if available, and since recently also seismic data. For the latter, the combination of geodetic and seismic data, I work on methods how to best join these very different data types.


  • 2016   Emmy-Noether Project Leader at Kiel University
  • 2015   PostDoc at Kiel University
  • 2013   PostDoc in the HGF Alliance "Earth System Dynamics" at the University of Potsdam
  • 2010   PostDoc in the PROGRESS project at GFZ Potsdam
  • 2010   Dissertation in Geophysics at ETH "Improving earthquake source studies using InSAR: data error estimation and propagation to model parameter uncertainties"
  • 2005   Research Assistant at the Geophysical Institute of the ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2004   Research Assistant in the Collaborative Research Centre „ Strong Earthquakes“ at the University of Karlsruhe
  • 2004   Diploma in Geophysics at the University of Karlsruhe
  • Projects:

    I am PI of the DFG-funded Emmy-Noether group "Bridging Geodesy and Seismology" at Kiel University. More information can be found http://www.bridges.uni-kiel.de/