GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Dr. Philippe Jousset

Dr. Philippe Jousset
Building A 42, Room 115 (Büro)
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:


Research Interests:

  • Physical signatures of hot fluids in the crust

  • Physical volcanology

  • Volcano monitoring, hazard and risk assessment

  • Geothermal applications

  • Induced and triggered earthquakes

  • Geophysical methods: seismology, deformation, gravimetry, infrasound, Distributed Fibre Sensing

  • Geophysical techniques: instrumentation, data processing, modelling, inversion, data integration


           Since 2012 Helmholtz Centre GFZ

           2003-2011 BRGM – Geological Survey of France
                    Geophysicist for Natural Hazards and Risks and Geothermal Research

           2000-2003 NERC, School of Earth Sciences, the University of Leeds, UK
                    Volcano-seismology at Montserrat
                    Seismic wave propagation Finite Difference modelling

           1998-2000 Centre Recherche Géophysique, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
                     Pre-stack depth migration, Kirchoff modelling and inversion

           1996-1998 Usu Volcano Observatory, Hokkaido University, Japan
                     Ground deformation and microgravity monitoring at volcanoes

           1990-1991 National Service servant, Volcanological Survey of Indonesia
                     Technical and scientific adviser for volcano monitoring


          1992-1996 Ph.D. (Physics of the Earth), Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, France

          1991-1992 D.E.A. (M.Sc.), Physics of the Earth - Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, France

          1987-1990 Engineering Geologist, École Nationale Supérieure de Géologie, Nancy, France

          Teaching experience

                    Regular supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc projects


                    PI scientist for seismic network deployment (Indonesia, Iceland, Mexico, Italy)


       2021 -

  • ITN IMPROVE - H2020 (Krafla, Iceland)
  • ITN SPIN - H2020 (Etna, Sicily)

        2020 -

  • HART GFZ action: MAGIC (Reykjanes, Iceland)

        2019 -

  • SERA+ - data management (H2020)
  • INFRADAS - monitoring volcanic activity (Etna, Sicily) with multiparameter equipment including fibre optic technologies
  • FAME - EUROVOLC-Project H2020 (H2020-EU., Projekt-ID: 731070) see:

        2018 -

  • DAS@SEA - monitoring volcanic activity (Etna, Sicily) with fibre optic technologies


  • H2020 - GEMex: Geothermal Exploration in Mexico


  • BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany). Mikrogravimotis: monitoring of high enthalpy geothermal reservoirs using network of continuous gravity stations.
  • PUF (GFZ expedition funding, Germany). Seismic dense array deployment and DAS in Iceland.
  • POF (GFZ expedition funding, Germany). Tomographic study in Indonesia.


  • POF (GFZ expedition funding, Germany). Tomographic study in Indonesia.
  • POF (GFZ expedition funding, Germany). “KISS” - Tomographic study at Kamchatka volcanoes.


  • EU-FP7 (European Framework Program 7). “IMAGE: Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Imaging”.
  • EQC (Earthquake Commission of Earthquakes, New-Zealand). “The seismo-acoustic energy dynamics of micro-eruptions at White Island volcano.”
  • ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France). “DOMERAPI.”
Collaborations at the GFZ
  • Section 1.1, 1.2
  • Sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7
  • Sections 4.2, 4.8

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Scientific Journals and Conferences
    • 2020: Principal Guest Editor for a Special Issue of Solid Earth (EGU) "Fibre Optic sensing in Earth sciences"
    • 2019: Principal Guest Editor for a Special Issue of JVGR “Reykjanes” – 27 original research papers.
    • 2013: Principal Guest Editor for a Special Issue of JVGR “Merapi eruption” – 24 original research papers.
    • 2014: Guest Editor for a Special Issue of NHESS “Approaches and methods to improve risk management in volcanic areas”.
    • Since 2012: Scientific Officer at the European Geophysical Union, Seismology Division – Session “Induced seismicity”
    • Since 2007: Associate Editor in Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
    • Since 2000: Reviewer of more than 100 manuscripts for Science, Scientific Report (Nature), JGR, GJI, GRL, GGG, JVGR, EPSL, Geothermics, Computers&Geosciences, NHESS (EGU), Solid Earth (EGU)
  • Scientific Committees
    • Since 2018: President of the Seismology Division at EGU
    • Since 2015: Member of the HART (GFZ)
    • Reviewer panels for scientific projects
      • 2021-  Labex “G-eau-Te”, EOST Strasbourg, France; chair of the Committee
      • 2013-2018 Labex “G-Eau-Thermie”, EOST Strasbourg, France; since 2016 - chair of the Committee
      • 2014          Ireland Science Foundation
    • 2010: Scientific adviser during the volcanic crisis management of Merapi volcano (November 2010) together with the Director of CVGHM (Indonesia) and the Director of the VDAP (USGS).
    • 2004-2005: French Ministry of Environnement, « Comité Supérieur Évaluation Risques Volcaniques », (National volcanic risk assessment panel).

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